Impossibly blue lagoons, white sand islands, and jungle-covered volcanic peaks make for a mesmerising sight as you fly into Bora Bora. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’, it sits in the middle of a lagoon surrounded by a huge coral ring.
This small group of islands in French Polynesia has long been a honeymoon dream destination, with screensaver-worthy sunsets, world-class diving and spas calling out for a couples’ treatment. A Bora Bora honeymoon is sure to make you the envy of everyone back at home.
Where to Go in Bora Bora
Most hotels sit on their own islets a short boat or helicopter ride away from the mainland of Bora Bora. It’s very much worth a day trip to the main island, where you can hike Mount Pahia or Mount Otemanu, explore the WWII coastal defence guns, and visit the capital of Vaitape to shop and take in the Sunday morning street food stalls. Otherwise, enjoy the serenity of your private island.
When to Go to Bora Bora
High season runs from May to October in Bora Bora when it’s sunny, dry, and the sea, surf and sand are at their best. August is the month with the lowest humidity and least rain, so prime for the picture-perfect honeymoon.
However, if you’re looking to go outside the busy season, choose the shoulder months of April and November. It’s still warm and dry, and prices are cheaper.
What to See in Bora Bora
Getting away from it all is the name of the game here. Mix slow-paced sunbathing with all the action-packed adventures the islands offer. Whether you’re new or advanced, diving and snorkelling on the coral reef are not to be missed. Tour the lagoons, hike, parasail, paddle board, take cookery classes. Each luxury hotel will offer its own rota of activities.
You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your overwater villa to see the wildlife. Choose one with “Tahiti TV”- glass panes in the floor to view the fishes below.
Where to Stay in Bora Bora
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Imagine the dream Bora Bora honeymoon experience: this it it. Standing in the shadow of Mount Otemanu, you’ll be pampered and indulged, well-fed and watered, and kept busy every minute with the Four Seasons’ extensive programme of activities.
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa
When you put the spa in your name, you must be pretty proud of it – and they rightly should be. Try the couple’s spa treatment in the InterContinental’s overwater treatment rooms where you can look straight down into the exotic fish-filled lagoon below.
Conrad Bora Bora Nui
The first hotel to feature Bora Bora’s iconic overwater villas, The Conrad has worked hard to keep itself a cut above the rest. You’ll barely need to take a step in this resort as staff are on hand everywhere to drive you in golf buggies, but if you do fancy working up a sweat, there’s snorkelling with stingrays, golf, a spa and more.
The St Regis Bora Bora
There’s views of Bora Bora’s iconic Mount Otemanu from almost every point on this sprawling tropical resort. Instagram-worthy sunsets and the scent of Tahitian flowers fill the air to make the St Regis a romantic honeymoon hotspot you won’t want to leave.
Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa
Le Taha’a hotel can arrange a short helicopter flight to their small islet of Motu Tautau from Bora Bora, the perfect way to start a honeymoon and to see the breathtaking views of the lagoon and reefs. If you think the build-up is good, the actual honeymoon here promises to be amazing.
How to Get to Bora Bora
There are no direct flights from the UK to Bora Bora; most people fly via New York or Los Angeles and Tahiti, and with stopovers, the journey can be up to 31 hours. The airport is actually on the nearby islet of Motu Mute and you take a short boat ride to Bora Bora.
As Bora Bora is an Overseas Collective of France, you don’t need a visa if you have a British passport. However, you will need up-to-date vaccinations, including a yellow fever vaccine certificate.