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Guide to the island of Bora Bora in French Polynesia

The island of Bora Bora is one of those destinations with which you have the sensation of evading yourself from the world, a paradise in French Polynesia where you can find spectacular beaches, and crystalline waters full of coral reefs.

It is one of the favorite destinations in the world to spend the honeymoon, and this is why the influx of tourism is controlled. The island of Bora Bora is considered as a luxury destination since the cost of the tourist stay is tremendously high.

Filled with Luxury hotels, with Polynesian style bungalows built on the waters of the lagoon from Bora Bora, where breakfast can arrive on board a canoe. Laguna that is considered the most beautiful in the world.

After all this ... No you want to know everything to travel to Bora Bora? Well, keep reading the piece of article we have prepared!

Best areas to sleep in Bora Bora

Matira, the best beach in Bora Bora

La Matira beach It is an exquisite mile of white sand at the southern tip of Bora Bora Island.

When you visit it, you will understand why it is the most popular public beach of the whole island of Bora Bora. Extends from the Hotel Bora Bora to Matira Point and is surrounded by lush palm trees and green hills. On each side of the beach you will find longer beaches although they are mostly private.

Often described as the most beautiful beach in the world, Matira beach is actually the only public beach in Bora Bora. You can spend a great day and enjoying the natural shade of the palms, the sun and the snorkel being a rough beach.

On the east side, several complexes of 4 and 5 stars They are located along the other side of Matira Point with great views of the beach.

How to get to the island of Bora Bora by plane

Getting to Bora Bora is not very easy. To get to this atoll first you must travel to the capital of Tahití, Papeete, and go to the Motu Mate airport, where you should take a plane to Bora Bora. The service is offered daily by Air Tahiti and it takes 45 minutes to reach the island. Air Tahiti also has regular flights to the Tuamotu atolls and a weekly flight to the Marquesas Islands.

If you go by plane, place yourself on the left side, since reaching the island by air is where you will get the best views of the incredible island. You have to bear in mind that the island is divided into small motus (small islands in which there are no mountain formations), and that the airport is located in the northeast.

How to move from Bora Bora airport

If you need to move on your own towards the central area of ​​the island, you can take a small ferry (It is free) that will bring you closer to the town of Vaitape (the main one of the island). For the transfer to the rest of the areas of the island, it can be quite complicated if you go on your own. Once you get to Vaitape, you can take a taxi.

Other ways to get to Bora Bora

Another way to get to the island is by helicopter. If you want to use this method you first need to get in touch with "Polynesia helicopters ", since it is the only company that offers this service, that if, with a previous reservation.

There are also many 'Cruise boats from Papeete with which you can get to Bora Bora by sea, although it turns out to be a very slow and quite uncomfortable trip. Vaeanu, with capacity for 90 passengers and air conditioning and the Hawaiki Nui are the options to arrive by sea to Bora Bora. The crossings are very slow, so it is not recommended for tourists who want basic comforts.

How to move around the island of Bora Bora

Once we are already settled in Bora Bora, it's time for learn to move around the island. You can use bicycles, on horseback, on scooters, in 4 × 4 or even in 'taxi boats', which consist of boats that take you from a motu (small island in which there are no mountainous formations ) to another as if they were taxis.

One of the main means of transportation is the bus (Le 'Truck), but you have to keep in mind that they are a bit special. Although they arrive everywhere, they only work synchronized with the schedules of ferries and school schedules. So if you intend to take the bus, ojito to the schedules that do not work as in the cities, this is a small island.

Another option is to rent a car, motorcycle or bike. As always happens in the islands (no matter how you go from the world) the offer is varied, so before taking a service, ask at several of the rental shops to compare and choose without being fooled. We leave you below a car rental comparator so you can see the best offer on the island.

If you are good at the bikes, it can be a great option since there is a small well-paved road that surrounds the island and allows travel to all parts.

Remember that the island is formed by a central part surrounded by several motus, so to go from one to another there is going through the water. Therefore, another option to move around the island are the pedal boats or small boats. With these last ones, you have assured that you will be able to travel the whole island being able to go from motu to motu enjoying the wind over your heads. In addition, no type of permit is necessary to drive these small boats.

And finally and as in all parts of the world, you have left The taxis, both those who go through the land and those who go through the water. Here we leave you a couple of companies located in Vaitape:

  • Isnard Taxi Service (689 67 72 25), allows a maximum of 4 people in taxi and 9 if you take a mini bus.
  • Charley Taxi, admits a maximum of 8 passengers on your bus.

The best what you can see and do during your stay in Bora Bora

What is the best time to travel to Bora Bora?

The island has a wonderful climate throughout the year that makes the temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees at any time of the year. The atmosphere is always pleasant by the trade winds of the Pacific, which blow all year round.

Despite these data, the Best time to visit Bora Bora It is from May to October. It is not that the rest of the year can not go, but it is true that during the months of November to April you can find strong enough winds that can make the stay on the island quite unpleasant.

May, June, September and October They have the best combination of time and the availability of hotel rooms.

Bora Bora pass

Yes, like many of those who visit these islands, it happens that you go to travel to other islands on your own, it may be worthwhile to take a look at the discount cards offered by Air Tahiti, in this case we are going to place special emphasis on the bora bora pass.

Bora Bora Pass

Bora Bora Pass

This ticket allows you to travel to certain islands from the area to a cheapest price. These islands in particular are: Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea and Maupiti. It is necessary to clarify that it is not necessary that you travel to all the islands, simply to those that interest you.

It is very important that you watch the ticket prices well, since varies depending on the time of year as well as the amount of weight that we want to transport.

There two very important data to keep in mind if you take this pass: first, that the pass is only valid for 28 days and the second, that you have to indicate the route that you are going to make between the islands before buying it. It is not worth buying and then as the days go by, travel the day you want.

As specified on the company's website, once the first flight starts, The amount of the pass is NOT returned, neither totally nor partially.

The incredible beaches of the island of Bora Bora

IF there is something that makes the island of Bora Bora special, that's what beaches and its crystal clear waters. More than once you will have seen photos and videos of fantastic places that are the closest thing to the image that we can have from paradise. Surely many of these images have been taken on the islands of French Polynesia, especially on the island of Bora Bora.

Beach of the island of Bora Bora
Island Beach Bora Bora @ wilar / Shutterstock

Luckily, the hand of man still has not touched nature too much Virgin of this island (except some resorts that are located in the area of ​​the beaches). Hence, they can be contemplated fine white sand beaches bathed by turquoise waters and incredibly crystalline.

It is very easy to dive into these waters and be quickly surrounded by fish of all kinds of colors, turtles, blankets and even of some species of sharks that in theory should not be dangerous for humans.

In short, that well earned has the comparison this island with paradise, since once you have been there and you have bathed in those incredible waters and rested in that wonderful sand you realize that it is one of the most wonderful sites where has ever been one.

Existing towns on the island of Bora Bora

The people of Vaitape is the main urban center of the island and is communicated by the only pass, Teavanui, bordered by the charming islet Motu Tapu, place where was filmed "Tabú" by F. Murnau and that for a time became refuge of the great explorer Paul-Emile Victor. The Main square of the city It has been named Plaza Alain Gerbault, due to the presence of the marae-shaped tomb (with three steps of pebbles) of this illustrious navigator of the turn of the century who turned the island into his adopted land.

The road to the north leads to Farepiti Point that spans the deep bay of Faanui; the town, same name, was the cradle of the old ruling family, which explains the presence of several marae around the bay. In the Farepiti point you can also see the sculpted stones (the giant stone tiki) of the real marae Farerua, also called Marotetini.

In two others places near the town of Faanui are the marae Taianapa and Fare Opu, which present petroglyphs. Also in Faanui, you can visit fruit trees and flower plantations and pareo workshops (wrapping cloth similar to a sarong, which is a very popular souvenir in Bora Bora).

To visit a quaint little town, you have to go to Anau. This town is on the east side of Bora Bora and is not usually frequented by tourists. If you want to experience the charm of an old world Polynesian village, visit Anau.

Here you will also find the ruins of an ancient temple. Anau is also a place excellent for snorkeling and diving for starters. You will easily find sea anemones, clown fish, moray eels, blankets, rays and sharks.

Islands around Bora Bora

The island of Moorea, the ancient Tahiti

Sunset on one of the beaches of the island of Moorea
Sunset on one of the beaches of the island of Moorea @https: //pixabay.com/moorea-polinesia-polinesia-francesa-1294957/
Moorea is so beautiful that you're just not going to want to go. A dream island where you can practice reading under the shade of a palm tree, enjoy all kinds of nautical sports or take magical walks through lush forests of mape trees, waterfalls and panoramic views of the lagoon.

Moorea offers many opportunities to satisfy all the senses. They say that Moorea is the ancient Tahiti and when it is there, one forgets completely the beauty of the great island of French Polynesia.

The Moorea's best beaches They are concentrated on the north coast of the island. Except for some exceptions, you will find narrow white sand beaches and crowds on holidays and weekends.

Cook's Bay It is the busiest bay due to its proximity to Maharepa and a lot of resorts. Stop at Pihaena Lookout to see the incredible views and take a look at the pineapple fields that cling to the slopes of the surrounding mountains. The Route of the Pineapple meets the main road in the town of Paopao, which has a small market and the end of the route to Vaiare Paopao.

The island of Raiatea and its religious culture

It is curious to see how ancient legends are still an everyday part of Raiatea religious and cultural capital of Tahiti for more than a thousand years.

Raiatea French Polynesia Motu
Raiatea French Polynesia Motu(c) Can Stock Photo / AchimHB
This sacred island houses Taputapuatea, the best preserved historic site in all French Polynesia, full of religious artifacts and sanctuaries, here and only here is where you can learn about how the South Pacific civilization took shape.

45 minutes It is the time to get there by plane from Papeete to Raiatea, the second largest economic zone of Tahiti and its islands. The island does not have many beaches but it is ideal to take a canoe or a boat to get to the beaches. idyllic coral gardens in any of its nearby motus and relax in the shade of the coconut trees.

El diving It has become a very popular activity due to the wreck of the Norby which is only 29m deep.

Raiatea is the paradise for navigation, It is the best area for yachts of all French Polynesia. The island has excellent sailing conditions and hosts a large number of moorings in an environment full of volcano craters and waterfalls.

Parties and events on the island of Bora Bora

Liquid Festival

Known for more than a decade as the Bora Bora Iron Man, the Liquid festival of Bora Bora has become today a much wider event that extends beyond exciting water sports competitions for professional athletes and includes a wide range of activities designed for everyone, all in the legendary atmosphere of the South Seas of Bora Bora.

This festival, which celebrates both the culture of Polynesia and sports excellence, features Tahitian dance performances, beach parties and barbecues, and amateur competitions, in addition to professional events such as a 5 km swim test, 55 km 55 surfski races, waterman triathlon and relay events.

Tahiti Pearl Regatta

Every year the international regatta between the islands of Raiatea, Tahaa and Bora Bora. It's a regatta that takes place at 3 stages, something like a three-day race.

At the end of each stage, the winners receive the corresponding trophies according to their category and at the end of each day all the participants can enjoy a dinner with traditional Tahiti hospitality.

Heiva Festival

From oral tradition, the culture of Tahiti and its islands has been handed down from generation to generation. Still today she is very alive, and her main expressions take place during the month of July, when Bora Bora turns to the celebration of "Heiva".

Numerous are celebrated cultural and sporting events: javelin throwing contests, stone uprising, fruit racing, canoe races, singing competitions and dances in which the best dancers of the island participate.



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