Bora Bora Island: What to Do Once You Arrive

Bora Bora is considered one of the most romantic places on earth, but it’s also one of the most exciting to explore. From lagoon to barrier reef to extinct volcano, Bora Bora offers travelers a full spectrum of activities to enjoy. So what would you do if you landed on Bora Bora for the day? Let’s take a virtual tour of a sample Bora Bora adventure.

To get to Bora Bora, you first need to fly into Tahiti and then board a smaller inter-island flight to your final destination. Once you arrive, it’s time to check into your hotel, the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. The Four Seasons is located in the corner of a lagoon and offers either beachfront or overwater bungalow lodging options. When you’re here, you’re among starlets! Over the years, the Resort has been frequented by many famous Hollywood celebrities: Orlando Bloom, Salma Hayek, Paris Hilton, and the Real Housewives of Orange County, to name a few.

Once you’ve dropped off your belongings, you can begin your adventure! One of the most popular daytime activities on Bora Bora is shark watching. A full-day tour begins with a trip out to the lagoon in an outrigger canoe, where you can meet with friendly sharks and other sea life that inhabits the lagoon. Take your time and soak up your surroundings; it’s not every day you get to exchange pleasantries with amicable underwater creatures. The day culminates in a picnic lunch on the motu, where guests dine with their feet in the lagoon, so come hungry!

If you don’t want to commit your entire day to just one activity, then you can pick from plenty of half-day or hour-long excursions. Circle Island Tours are popular options for on-the-go travelers, as they run just two hours in length, are always available, and take you through the whole island, making special stops at ancient sites along the way. These tours begin on the eastern part of Bora Bora, cross over the isthmus of Taravao to the Western part of the island, and then circle back around. If you’re looking for specifics, try the Shark and Rays Snorkeling Safari. You don’t have to observe these guys from afar; instead, you can swim through turquoise waters and meet them in person! Alternatively, a glass bottom boat tour allows you to get up close, but not personal in your exploration of the reef and sea life.

Diving is another popular activity on Bora Bora, especially for those interested in swimming right alongside these sharks and rays. Guests interested in exploring the vast waters of the Pacific have a few options at their disposal: Top Dive at the Pearl Beach Resort, the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, or the MaiKai Marina & Yacht Club.

Of course no island adventure would be complete without sampling the local cuisine of the area you’re visiting. With a thatched roof above your head keeping out the hot sun, Bloody Mary’sis just the place to unwind after a long day on the island of Bora Bora. Bloody Mary’s is a restaurant that caters to just about anyone’s palate; it offers a wide selection of entrees,  such as charred peppered sashimi, Opa Moon, and Parrot fish caught straight out of the Bora Bora Lagoon. The catch of the local fisherman is even displayed in front of you on ice.

Think you’ve had enough for just one day? Before you rest your head at the end of your 24-hour tour of Bora Bora, be sure to soak in your oceanside plunge pool, where you can take in views of the sea and stars. Warm island breezes and ocean waves will calm you and get you ready for sleep. Bora Bora is a magical place packed with adventure, so relax; today was a busy day.

By | 2012-08-30T09:59:35+00:00 August 30th, 2012|Bora Bora|1 Comment