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    A couple enjoys stay at one of the overwater villas on their Bora Bora honeymoon

    Bora Bora, popularly known as the playground for the rich and famous, offers white sandy beaches, lush greenery, soaring volcanic peaks, and water activities through the coral reefs. Its quaint and chic beaches and lavish resorts are everything a couple would look forward to on their ideal honeymoon.

    Planning your honeymoon can make all the difference in how it turns out to be. From choosing whether to stay in a bungalow over-water or a conventional hotel room to deciding on activities to do, we bring to you a step-by-step guide for the perfect Bora Bora honeymoon.

    1. Deciding the honeymoon destination: Is Bora Bora truly the right place for your honeymoon?

    A couple walks on the not-so-deep ocean bed near their overwater villa

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    Colorful nightlife, majestic skyline, and gorgeous beaches with people of different ethnicities and hues – if this is your idea of honeymoon, Bora Bora honeymoon is just not the thing for you. But those who seek to get away from it all, the beauty and tranquility of the island will surely add spice and romance to your honeymoon.


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    2. But then, where is Bora Bora located?

    Map showing where is Bora Bora located

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    An island in the French Polynesian group in the Pacific Ocean, Bora Bora is an overseas collectivity of France. It is located about 160 miles northwest of Tahiti and 2,600 miles south of Hawaii. The name is derived from the local dialect name – Pora Pora, meaning the first born. The island, though discovered only in 1722, is about 7 million years old.

    3. Summer or Winter? What is the Best Time to visit Bora Bora?

    A 2007 Chart of Bora Bora climate

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    There is no bad time to visit Bora Bora for honeymoon. Throughout the year, the temperature varies between 25 to 30 degrees Celsius. But strong and unpredictable storms can hinder your sightseeing tours or adventure activities during the hot and humid months of November to April. But then, it is less crowded during these months and you can easily find good accommodation at cheap prices.

    The best time to visit Bora Bora is from June to October as the temperature variations are minimal and it is the best period for diving.

    Tips:

    • Due to the Bastille day and the Heiva celebrations, Bora Bora is most crowded in July. So it is advised to avoid the trip in this month.
    • It is advisable to carry a windproof jacket as the weather is very windy.

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    4. How to get to Bora Bora?

    A collage showing the modes of transport to Bora Bora

    Getting to Bora Bora is not very difficult. It is, however, a costly affair. Bora Bora and Tahiti are well connected to the world with an extensive network of flights and cruise liners.

    a. Flights To Bora Bora

    The Air Tahiti flight over the blue waters of Polynesia

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    Flying to Bora Bora is a wonderful experience. You get to see the beautiful islands and their sparkling blue lagoons from the skies above.

    Your flight to Bora Bora is divided into two steps.

    • First you must fly into the French Polynesian Faa’a International Airport at Papeete on the main island of Tahiti. Direct flights are available from Tokyo (Japan), Auckland (New Zealand), Los Angeles (USA), Honolulu (Hawaii), Santiago (Chile), and Paris (France).
    • From Papeete, Air Tahiti flies to the small islet – Motu Mute, located to the north of the main island of Bora Bora. This inter-island flight is of 50 minutes and there are a minimum of 5 flights daily.

    Note: The Air Tahiti flight to Bora Bora is inclusive of the 25-minutes’ catamaran rides to the hotels.

    One of the Bora Bora hotel shuttles from airport

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    b. Cruises To Bora Bora

    The Paul Gauguin cruise to Bora Bora

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    Limited cruise liners are available from a few locations, including Southampton, Auckland, Peru, Honolulu, and California. Another around-the-world cruise has pick up locations from numerous places around the globe.

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    5. And for those romantic honeymoon nights, here are the Best Places to Stay in Bora Bora

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    The amazing islands of Bora Bora offer a myriad of options to stay – over-water bungalows, beach resorts, and even private islands. The best resorts in Bora Bora provide all these options to choose from. To help you decide where to stay in Bora Bora, we give you the best resorts, sorted by their star-rating.

    a. 5-Star Resorts in Bora Bora

    A collage of the best 5-star resorts in Bora Bora
      • The St Regis Bora Bora Resort: St Regis Bora Bora Resort opened in 2006 with the largest overwater bungalows in Bora Bora and Tahiti. Located on a thin island (Motu), it offers views of the ocean and the Bora Bora Island. Several areas in the over-water villas have glass-flooring for lagoon viewing.
    Many views from the St Regis Resort in Bora Bora
        • Amenities & Offerings: Spa, beach villas, over-water villas, royal estate, restaurants, private pools, and bar
        • Suggested Stay: Premier Overwater Villa
        • Suggested Dining: Must-try contemporary and pure Japanese flavors at the first Sushi restaurant of the region – Sushi Take
        • Website | Reviews
      • The Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa: The Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort offers a unique and private location on the back of the volcano island – Motu Toopua. The white sand beach, surrounded by black basalt rocks and lush vegetation, offers a great experience to the honeymooners. The amazing lagoon and ocean views from the hill-top Hina Spa and the glass-floor viewing panels in the over-water villas make this resort an amazing place to stay. The resort also offers the best snorkeling in Bora Bora.
    Many views from the Hilton Resort in Bora Bora
        • Amenities & Offerings: Spa, infinity pool, jet-skiing, scuba-diving, snorkeling, over-water villas, lagoon view suites, garden & hillside villas, restaurants, and bars
        • Suggested Stay: King Royal Overwater Villa
        • Suggested Dining: Romantic beach dinner facing the lagoon at the Queen Pomare IV private beach on a tiny islet
        • Website | Reviews
      • Four Seasons Bora Bora: The newest resort in Bora Bora, Four Seasons Bora Bora Resort opened in 2008. The villas offer views of the beach, lagoon, and the mountains.
    Many views from the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora
        • Amenities & Offerings: Holistic Spa, Infinity Pool, Fitness Center, Tennis, paddle-boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, over-water villas, beach villas, restaurants, and bar
        • Suggested Stay: Deluxe Lagoon View Overwater Villa
        • Suggested Dining: American breakfast buffet at Tere Nui Restaurant
        • Website | Reviews

    b. 4-Star Resorts in Bora Bora

    A collage of the best 4-star resorts in Bora Bora

    There are some great 4-star resorts in Bora Bora, such as the Bora Bora Le Meridian, the Sofitel Bora Bora Beach Resort & Private Motu and the Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora, but the one that stands out is the Pearl Beach Resort Bora Bora, located on Motu Tevairoa.

      • Pearl Beach Resort Bora Bora is a true display of the traditional Tahiti architecture and Polynesian decoration. With a beach that looks like a turquoise salt-water pool and offers romantic suites with enclosed terraces, the resort is suggested by most agents.
    Many views from the Pearl Beach Resort in Bora Bora
        • Amenities & Offerings: Manea Spa surrounded by lily ponds, resident tattoo artist, garden suites with private pools, beach suites with private Jacuzzis, restaurants, and bars
        • Suggested Stay: Otemanu View Premium Overwater Bungalow
        • Suggested Dining: Italian dishes, local seafood, and the Polynesian flavors at Fare Ambrosia
        • Website | Reviews

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    c. 3-Star Resorts in Bora Bora

      • Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora Resort: Maitai Polynesia offers modest and cheap accommodation. Despite the awesome views offered, it is among the cheap hotels in Bora Bora.

      • Amenities & Offerings: Kayaking, Canoeing, Snorkeling, restaurants, bar, overwater bungalows, beach bungalows, garden-view rooms, and ocean-view rooms
      • Suggested Stay: Ocean View Room
      • Suggested Dining: Blend of French and Polynesian flavors at Haere Mai Restaurant
      • Website | Reviews

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    6. What to do just before you plan? Read Tips on Going around in Bora Bora

    a. Bike Ride – Best Mode of Transportation in Bora Bora

    A couple enjoys bicycle ride in Bora Bora

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    The best way to go around in Bora Bora is by the humble two-wheeler, especially because the entire island can be traversed in one afternoon on the bicycle. While many resorts offer complimentary bikes, others may charge up to XPF 1,632 (INR 1,003) per day.

    b. Car Rentals

    Avis and Europcar offer the option to rent a car in Bora Bora

    Europcar, Avis, Bora Bora Tours, and Fare Piti Rent-a-Car are only a few among the many car and scooty renting companies on the island. These vehicles may be rented at the airport itself or at resorts, such as Club Med and Intercontinental Le Moana.

    c. Le Truck – The Local Bus System in Bora Bora

    Le Truck is the most economical way to travel on your Bora Bora honeymoon

    Though unreliable, the Le Truck local bus system is one of the most economical ways to travel around Bora Bora.

    d. Taxi

    Taxis in Bora Bora are very expensive

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    Taxis can be hailed or pre-booked on the mainland of Bora Bora. But they are expensive. A mere 10-minutes’ ride can cost you up to 1,800 XPF (INR 1,100).

    e. Water Taxi

    Water taxis standing at the port of a Bora Bora resort

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    Water taxis are one of the most expensive modes of getting around Bora Bora. A 2-person ride can cost in the excess of 8,500 XPF (INR 5,200). But similar to the water taxis, there are some complimentary boat shuttles provided by the airport and resorts. Some resorts, however, charge for the scheduled/private boat trips around Bora Bora.

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    7. And now, here is a list of the best things to do in Bora Bora on your honeymoon?

    a. Tourist Attractions in Bora Bora

    A collage of some of the best tourist attractions in Bora Bora

    For those who wish to explore the island, there are many places to visit in Bora Bora. These include the town of Vaitape and the Bloody Mary’s Restaurant and Bar here, Pofai Bay, TV tower for the view of southern end of the island and the lagoon, Matira Beach and Beach Park, World War II Guns, the local Anau village, Musee De La Marine museum of boats, Taihi Point, and Terei Point.

    • Vaitape: The main town and wharf of the island, Vaitape is a popular tourist attraction of Bora Bora. The Alain Gerbault Memorial is dedicated to the first Frenchman to sail his yacht around the world and finally lived in Polynesia between 1933 and 1940. Additionally, you will find a bank, a post office, a protestant church, a few shops, and cafes. Bloody Mary’s Restaurant and Bar is the most popular diner in this town.
    • Mount Otemanu: It is one of the two extinct volcanoes at the center of the island. Be it for a dramatic photo or an adventure, Mount Otemanu has a lot to offer. You can hike to the top or go for 4×4 tours, boat tours, or even helicopter tours around the volcano.
    • Matira Beach: Matira Beach is the only public access beach in Bora Bora. The white sand stretches and the crystal clear water add to the beauty of this Bora Bora tourist attraction. However, it is most famously known for the excellent experiences of snorkeling in Bora Bora.

    b. Adventure Activities in Bora Bora

    A collage of some of the best adventure activities in Bora Bora

    There is a wide range of adventure activities in Bora Bora that can be enjoyed on your honeymoon. The most popular among them are snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, aqua-bike riding, and windsurfing.

    c. Must-Take Bora Bora Tours

    A collage of some of the best tourist tours in Bora Bora

    There are some wonderful Bora Bora honeymoon tours that will help you explore this quaint and serene paradise island and ignite the kindling romance. These include the 4×4 tours (jeep safaris), bicycle tours, boat tours (ferries, speed boats, sailboats, glass-bottom boats, and kayaks), shark and stingray feeding tours, photo lagoon tours, helicopter tours, and aqua-bike tours.

    Enough said! It is time to book your trip to Bora Bora for honeymoon and enjoy being spoilt by the luxury of the boutique island.

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