It's hard to imagine a more idyllic place for a romantic getaway than Bora Bora. Whilst it's Society Islands neighbour Tahiti, with it's striking black sand beaches, may be better known, compare the 2 and you'll find the smaller, less famous island is a geological wonder, blessed with the kind of natural beauty that dream holidays are made of.
About Bora Bora
Sitting around 230km from Papeete in the Leeward group of islands in French Polynesia, Bora Bora is a mere 29 square kms in size, but is so perfectly formed that what it lacks in area it more than makes up for in splendor. Bora Bora was formed by the ancient eruptions of a now extinct volcano that forced its landmass up out of the brilliant blue waters of the South Pacific. Remnants of this volcano can still be seen in the 2 peaks that crown the island, Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia and they make for impressive viewing from the white sand beaches that fringe the rainforest.
It is this turbulent volcanic past that has created the incredible lagoon that surrounds Bora Bora and makes it such a unique and magical holiday destination. The island sits in the middle of a clear, blue pool of tranquil ocean, teaming with an awe-inspiring array of reef fish and exotic marine creatures. The edge of this fabulous natural lagoon is framed by a necklace of lesser islands, known as motu, all of which have incredible white sand beaches, many of which are arguably better than those of Tahiti.
It is this stunning lagoon and its string of motu that make Bora Bora such a spellbinding place to take a vacation. The islets keep the waters of the lagoon sheltered, calm and warm and the snorkeling is fantastic with such abundant and varied tropical fish and other sea creatures.
There can't be many more romantic spots in the world than standing on the pristine sand beach of Motu Toopua or Motu Ome'e, staring back across the crystal clear lagoon at Mount Otemanu rising up from the main island. And this spectacular scenery is precisely why so many of the motu are home to exclusive luxury resorts, designed specifically to make the most of this South Pacific gems impressive natural assets.
Bora Bora resorts are legendary, and with good reason. This is one of the best locations on the planet to splash out and book into an overwater bungalow, so putting you up close and personal with the ocean and its colourful inhabitants. Luxury resorts make up much of the holiday accommodation, though there are also budget hotels and bungalows available, should you prefer.
If you have the money, a stay at one of the swish 5 star plus resorts will knock all previous luxury holidays you may have taken into oblivion with service, amenities and delicious food all of the highest standard possible – much as you would expect to compliment such a stunning location.
Bora Bora has been popular with celebrities and the jet set for many years now. Book a holiday here and you'll soon see why.
Diving in Bora Bora
The South Pacific has some of the most diverse marine life on our planet and many scuba divers will tell you that some of Polynesia's most spectacular views are to be found under her stunningly blue waters. There are more than 500 species of fish, coral and other sea creatures in the invitingly warm and pristine seas of this region and many of them can be seen just a short distance from the beaches of Tahiti and Bora Bora. Some of the best known images of Bora Bora are of the bungalows on stilts, rising out of the calm waters of the Bora Bora lagoon. What you might not know it that many of these bungalows have glass panels in the floor, so that you can admire the multi-coloured corals and fish that swim beneath from the comfort of your bed. Staying in such idyllic Bora Bora accommodation and feeling so close to the South Pacific Ocean and its incredible wildlife, inspires many people to hire some scuba equipment and book a diving trip to get even closer to their underwater neighbours.
Bora Bora diving really does have something for everyone. Beginners find the fabulous lagoon ideal for gaining confidence whilst getting to know some of the species seeking shelter in its warm, tranquil waters. And don't think that just because you're in the comparative shallows, you won't see anything exciting. Bora Bora lagoon has some pretty amazing visitors, including the incredible giant manta rays.
However, there is a lot more to a Bora Bora holiday than scuba diving from one of the beaches or in the lagoon. Outside the coral reef which rings Bora Bora Island, the ocean floor drops off and you'll find even larger marine creatures. This is also where some of the most gorgeous corals around Bora Bora can be discovered. If you feel that a swimming with barracuda, moray eels, dolphins, tuna, sea turtles and even sharks could be something you'd like to do as part of your Bora Bora holiday, you can either book with a dive operator once you get to the island or perhaps prearrange a couple of dives as part of a Bora Bora travel deal. Whether you do your diving through a Bora Bora resort or an independent trip organizer you'll be in safe hands, with experienced scuba guides accompanying you to the best dive sites and giving you full instruction.
Bora Bora is a prefect little slice of paradise and even it's weather is fairly reliable, with cyclones rare. June to October is the breezy season and this is when most tourists book their Bora Bora packages. If you are planning a Bora Bora vacation mainly for the spectacular diving, the peak dive period is a little longer, from April to November. When you reserve your Bora Bora hotel, check with the booking agent to make sure that your travelling at the optimum time for diving.
If scuba diving is a bit too much for you on a relaxing island holiday and you'd rather just hang out and chill at one of the renowned Bora Bora resorts, you can still get in amongst the sea life by having a go at snorkeling. Bora Bora's lagoon has to be one of the best spots in the world to snorkel, as it is safe, warm, fabulously clear and teeming with fascinating sea animals and corals.
Whatever leisure activities you decide to do whilst you are vacationing in Bora Bora, we here at www.borabora.com.au are sure you'll find the natural beauty of this South Pacific island, the friendliness of its people and the laid back vibe of Polynesian life totally infectious and you'll want to return again and again.