Bora Bora Holidays 2020/2021
A byword for all things beautiful, no holiday to Tahiti would be complete with a visit to the legendary island of Bora Bora! French Polynesia’s leading lady, the very name conjures images of a tropical South Seas paradise! Captain Cook named her the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’ when he first sighted the island in 1769. Bora Bora’s towering volcanic peak, Mount Otemanu, is the deep green crown jewel which rises majestically from the mesmerising lagoon where a string of tiny islets (known as motus in Tahiti-speak) are now home to Bora Bora’s most famous hotels. Less than an hour’s flight north-west of Tahiti, a Bora Bora holiday or honeymoon is guaranteed to leave you jaw-droppingly spellbound!
1. Book a canoe breakfast delivered to your overwater bungalow by traditional Polynesian pirogue
2. Visit Bora Bora's lagoonarium - the largest open-air aquarium in French Polynesia
3. Explore the lagoon by outrigger canoe - go shark and stingray feeding, snorkel and enjoy a motu picnic with poisson cru on the menu
4. Join the crew aboard the fabulous Vitamin Sea catamaran for a day's sailing during your holiday to Bora Bora
5. Take to the skies in a helicopter for thrilling aerial views or join a guided jet-ski circle island tour for an adrenaline-filled day
1. Blood Mary's - not just a restaurant - a Bora Bora institution! Ditch your shoes in a foot locker and go barefoot on the sand floors, hang out with sailors on coconut stools under a thatched roof, try barbecued fresh catch and enjoy a cocktail while the chef cooks in front of you! This iconic establishment has been a cult since 1979!
2. La Villa Mahana - gourmet French cuisine in an intimate atmosphere - advance booking essential
3. MaiKai - Frence and international cuisine served lagoon-side in Vaitape at the Marina and Yacht Club - ask for a table on the outside terrace and try a signature MaiKai martini
4. Le Saint James - overwater dining in Vaitape - great spot for lunch or sunset cocktails
Author James Michener once said.....
"Anyone who has ever been there, wants to go back."
Where to stay in Bora Bora
Bora Bora travel essentials
Located in the heart of the South Pacific Ocean, midway between Australia and South America, Bora Bora is just one of 118 islands that make up The Islands of Tahiti, or French Polynesia as the archipelago is traditionally known. The leading lady of the glorious Society Islands, Bora Bora is home to a majestic green peak surrounded by a turquoise lagoon and dreamy overwater bungalows.
Flights from London to Bora Bora via Los Angeles take around 26 hours. Flights also operate from Tokyo and Auckland to Papeete on Tahiti’s mainland. There are regular connections from Papeete to Bora Bora, just a 45-minute flight away.
Bora Bora is a remote and exclusive destination, but worth every penny to experience the wonders of this tropical paradise. Expect to spend in the region of £4,500 per person for a 10-night island-hopping holiday including international flights from the UK and inter-island flights between the islands, with higher price tags attached to the more luxurious resorts and overwater bungalows.
The star of the show in Bora Bora has to be the incredible lagoon. Boat trips, private island picnics, snorkelling safaris, swimming with stingrays and sharks have to be top of the list! On dry land, hiking the green peaks on the mainland rewards intrepid travellers with fantastic views of the lagoon and the ocean. Most resorts are located on outer islets, or motus, with swaying palms and perfect beaches facing the emerald island in the centre of the lagoon.
French and Tahitian are the official languages, but English is widely spoken in resorts and restaurants.
British citizens require a full 10-year passport with at least six months validity remaining following your departure to The Islands of Tahiti. If you or any member of your party is not a British citizen or does not hold a British passport, please check passport and visa requirements with the embassy. No visa required for British passport holders staying less than 90 days. No vaccinations are required.
The population of The Islands of Tahiti, or French Polynesia, is just under 300,000, with around 11,000 residents in Bora Bora.
The French Pacific Franc (XPF) is the local currency. Make use of the ATM machine when you arrive at Papeete airport, or exchange US dollars, as it’s a good idea to have some local currency. ATMs can also be found on the larger islands – often inside banks, so check opening times. Hotel bills can be settled using a credit card.
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