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Bora BoraFrench Polynesia

Known as a playground for the rich and famous, this beautiful island in French Polynesia offers white sandy beaches, lush tropical valleys and crystal-clear water.

Bora Bora’s stunning beaches, lush greenery and soaring volcanic peaks make it a perfect vacation destination. Relax on the beautiful beaches, snorkel the tropical reefs or enjoy a cocktail at one of the many luxury hotels and resorts on the island.

The enormous range of hotels and resorts on Bora Bora make it possible to do nothing but sunbathe and swim, but if you are looking for action, the water is the place to be. Bora Bora has both a lagoon and a barrier reef, so many water activities are easily arranged. Scuba diving is an excellent way to view the marine life on the reef, and there are many diving schools that rent equipment.

Hire a boat and take advantage of the year-round game-fishing opportunities, fishing for Pacific blue marlin and mahi-mahi. Parasail over the lagoon or take a catamaran cruise across the clear, turquoise waters. See if you can spot one of the sea turtles, or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, book in for one of the shark-feeding experiences.

Hire a bicycle or scooter and head to Matira Beach, which has a mile and a quarter (two kilometers) of white sand. The coral heads attract tropical fish, which makes it a great place to snorkel.

Back on dry land, take a guided hike up Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the two remaining peaks of an extinct volcano. You could also take a four-wheel-drive excursion along the overgrown forest roads of the island’s interior.

Bora Bora is also known as a popular destination for celebrities. Visit Bloody Mary’s Restaurant and Bar, a popular local hangout, and check out the bar’s wall of fame. This has the names of the many celebrities who have dined there, including Jimmy Buffet, Pierce Brosnan and Goldie Hawn. Sit back and sip a cocktail while you enjoy the atmosphere on one of the most lovely islands in the world.

Bora Bora Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Bora Bora

Vaitape which includes a bay or harbour and a sunset

Vaitape

Vaitape

Top hotels in Bora Bora

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
5 out of 5
Motu Tehotu, Bora Bora, Bora Bora
The price is NZ$2,320 per night from 18 Nov. to 19 Nov.

Nestled on the beach, this Bora Bora resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Raiatea Marina, Matira Beach and Le Meridien Beach. Mt. Otemanu and Motu Piti are also ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (345 reviews)

"This resort was a dream for a bora bora honeymoon. Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2020

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
5 out of 5
Motu Ome'e BP 506, Bora Bora
The price is NZ$1,734 per night from 7 Nov. to 8 Nov.

This Bora Bora resort is on the beach, 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Mt. Otemanu, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Le Meridien Beach and Coral Gardens. Matira Beach is 5.9 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (128 reviews)

"This is heaven. Clean facilities, great amenities and more than helpful staff to help inanything you want."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Conrad Bora Bora Nui
5 out of 5
BP 502 Vaitape, Bora Bora
The price is NZ$1,024 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

Nestled on the beach, this Bora Bora resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Matira Beach, Motu Piti and Matira Point. Mt. Otemanu and Coral Gardens are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (214 reviews)

"The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The resort was well maintained and beautiful. Some opportunities would include having more or different breakfast options and having more times for the the boat transfers to the main island. In the end I had an amazing experience and would definitely ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Aug. 2020

Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Bora Bora

SUNSET HILL LODGE
SUNSET HILL LODGE
3 out of 5
BP 58, Bora Bora, Bora Bora
The price is NZ$163 per night from 21 Nov. to 22 Nov.

Situated in Bora Bora, this apartment building is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Vaitape Harbor and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Mt. Otemanu. Matira Beach and Coral Gardens are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (7 reviews)

"THE place to stay on Bora Bora and not break the bank! Gerard and Moea were beyond gracious hosts. Room was lovely, comfortable, and convenient to Vaitape. Moea handled pick-up, drop-off, reservations and bookings with class, charm, and a big smile. Gerard upgraded my room, shared bananas fresh off ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Feb. 2020

SUNSET HILL LODGE
Overwater Bungalow N ° 3
Overwater Bungalow N ° 3
B.P. 271, BORA BORA, Bora Bora

Situated by the ocean, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from White Valley and within 6 miles (10 km) of Matira Beach and Le Meridien Beach. Matira Point ...

5/5Exceptional! (20 reviews)
Awesome place to be

"This bungalow was exceptional. Couldn't ask for anything more. We will definitely try to stay here again when we return to Bora in the future."…"

Reviewed on 2 Oct. 2020

Overwater Bungalow N ° 3
Bungalow one - Brando's World Famous Over Water Bungalow in Bora Bora!
Bungalow one - Brando's World Famous Over Water Bungalow in Bora Bora!
B.P. 400, Bora Bora, BORA BORA

Situated on the waterfront, this historic holiday home is steps away from Moti Piti Aau Beach, Matira Beach and Matira Point. Motu Piti and Coral Gardens are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (35 reviews)
Perfect Stay in Paradise

"Wonderful stay in paradise in a unique overwater property. It was great to stay on the main island and truly experience Bora Bora. You can see why Marlon Brando feel in love with this spot and built a bungalow here. Spacious and in true Polynesian style. Also on the end and quite private. Spent hours ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2020

Bungalow one - Brando's World Famous Over Water Bungalow in Bora Bora!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Bora Bora

Matira Beach
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Matira Beach

5/5(2 reviews)

Find out why this is one of Bora Bora’s most popular public beaches when you explore its exquisite white sands, gorgeous lagoon waters and waterfront precinct.

Bora Bora Lagoonarium
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Bora Bora Lagoonarium

5/5(4 reviews)

Discover the amazing array of marine creatures that live below the surface of Bora Bora’s beautiful lagoon at this natural aquarium on a small islet.

Matira Point
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Matira Point

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Overlooked by luxurious resorts and atmospheric bars, Bora Bora’s southernmost tip is a narrow stretch of lush forest skirted by white sands and cerulean waters.

Mt. Otemanu
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Mt. Otemanu

4/5(4 reviews)

There are plenty of ways to experience Bora Bora’s mesmerizing peak, including sightseeing boat tours, helicopter rides, catamaran trips and hiking adventures.

Le Meridien Beach
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Le Meridien Beach

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Spend days lazing by the lagoon framed by magnificent Mount Otemanu and explore the waters with your snorkel and mask and visit a turtle sanctuary.

Motu Piti
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Motu Piti

4/5(5 reviews)

Indulge in the utmost in luxury on this private island where the crystal-clear waters, white-sand beaches and impeccable facilities are unforgettable. 

Top activities in Bora Bora

Polynesian Island Full-Day Tour
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Polynesian Island Full-Day Tour

NZ$208
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Eco Bora Bora Lagoon Snorkeling Tour with Shark & Stingray
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Eco Bora Bora Lagoon Snorkeling Tour with Shark & Stingray

NZ$133
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Jet Ski Tour, Lunch at Bloody Mary's & Snorkel Safari
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Jet Ski Tour, Lunch at Bloody Mary's & Snorkel Safari

NZ$354
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Signature Lagoon Tour
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Signature Lagoon Tour

NZ$203
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Bora Bora Sunset Cruise & Dinner at Restaurant St. James
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Bora Bora Sunset Cruise & Dinner at Restaurant St. James

NZ$325
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Private Bora Bora Electric Car Rental
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Full-Day Private Bora Bora Electric Car Rental

NZ$122
Per adult

Reviews of Bora Bora

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Nov. 2019

Bora bora is amazing. The best excursion is the blue lagoon, great local guide driving u around the whole island by boat, best snorkelling, swimming with sharks and stingrays. Locals are super nice & welcoming.

4/5 - Good

Seashell

8 Oct. 2019

Too expensive

5/5 - Excellent

Greg

25 Sep. 2019

Amazing place. Will come back !!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Sep. 2019

This is one of the unique places in the world. So happy to have been here.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Sep. 2019

Went Jet Skiing round Bora Bora on the 2 hour excursion and it was awesome fun. Snorkeling was amazing and also swimming with the sharks and rays is a must.

5/5 - Excellent

Lee

5 Apr. 2019

No other place quite like it. Amazing.

Cities near Bora Bora

Vaitape which includes a bay or harbour and a sunset

Vaitape

Matira Point showing mountains, tropical scenes and general coastal views

Point Matira

Sofitel Resort Beach showing tropical scenes, general coastal views and a beach

Nunue

Le Meridien Beach showing tropical scenes, general coastal views and a beach

Motu Tape