Among the most restorative and rejuvenating vacation spots in the world, Bora Bora has got to find itself on your bucket list. The breathtaking landscapes, the world-renowned cuisine and spa accommodation featuring overwater lodges overlooking the picturesque scenery – it all makes for an unforgettable escapade the entire family is bound to love.
With so many places to see and things to do in this jewel of the South Pacific, you want to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun and relaxation, so let’s take a deeper look at the heavenly family retreat that is Bora Bora and find out how to get the most out of your holiday.
The gem of the Tahitian archipelago
Located some 140 miles northwest of Papeete, the capital of Tahiti, Bora Bora is a world-renowned tourist and traveller destination, famous for its unique and diverse natural scenery, a rich marine life that can be observed (and interacted with) from numerous locations, as well as a plethora of outdoor activities.
From diving and snorkelling to parasailing, water skiing and windsurfing, there is no shortage of outdoor adventures to fit every preference. No matter if you’re looking to experience a hefty dose of adrenaline as you glide through the waves, or if a leisure exploration of the lagoon and the enchanting barrier reef is what you’re after, Bora Bora has it all.
Discovering the rich flora and fauna
The main island is an enthralling place with diverse flora, despite its volcanic origins. Vibrant greenery enriched with tropical trees, plants and flowers permeate the landscape and you can even find the popular tropical noni evergreen in abundance throughout the island. Dotting the landscape are vanilla plants, coconut palms and beautiful orange trees.
While the tropical destination is home to an abundant marine life throughout the year, there are no native mammals on Bora Bora. While the volcanic origins of the island had forbidden mammal life to take root, humans have brought several non-native species with them over the years, making it possible for you to enjoy horseback riding, and even soak in the scenery as you pass valleys dotted with friendly livestock, including cows and sheep.
Finding the perfect accommodation
Of all the wonders this jewel in the South Pacific has to offer, its world-renowned accommodation is probably why this particular travel destination has risen to prominence over the years. Particularly, vacationers are looking for those iconic overwater cottages you can find at St Regis in Bora Bora that not only offer breathtaking views of the lagoon and distant mountain ranges but an unparalleled spa experience as well.
You see, Bora Bora is a place where you can be an adventurer, a laid-back explorer or a weary parent of four looking to unwind, de-stress, and restore their whole-body health by getting pampered by professional masseurs and world-renowned culinary experts. There is something for everyone here, and the luxurious accommodation that nurtures a deep relationship with nature is bound to have a positive influence on your mind, body, and soul.
Getting there quickly and comfortably
Bora Bora is an international vacation destination, and as such, it boasts excellent air connections to the rest of the world via the Faa’a International Airport in Tahiti. Getting there is very easy, and once you land in Tahiti, you can take a quick flight from Papeete to the Motu Mete airstrip, situated on the northern fringe of the main island. Once you’ve landed, you will need to take a boat ride to the inner resorts of the main island, encompassing a breathtaking tour of the lagoon with some truly enthralling sights along the way.
The best time of year to visit
Graced by perpetual sunshine and warm weather, there is really no bad time to visit this gem of the Tahitian archipelago, although you might find some seasons more enjoyable for a family stay than others. The Polynesian summer season, spanning from November to April, is very hot and humid, with average temperatures rising above 85°F or 30°C. The average rainfall amounts to 10 inches a month.
On the other hand, the winter boasts slightly cooler weather, with less than four inches of monthly precipitation. Winter in Bora Bora is also very dry, making it easier for tourists with respiratory conditions (such as children with asthma) to enjoy their stay. Nevertheless, Bora Bora presents the perfect family escapade, no matter the time of year.
An adventure to remember
The entirety of French Polynesia is a sight to behold, a rich and diverse cultural setting imbued with the charm and timeless heritage of indigenous peoples, as well as the energy and vibrancy of numerous influential cultures that shaped the region. However, of all the breathtaking places to visit on your next great adventure, Bora Bora definitely deserves to find itself at the no.1 spot on your list.