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Experience Bora Bora beyond the lure of picture-perfect beaches. Our experts reveal the best time to visit, insider tips and recommendations so you make the most of your dream vacation!
Author: Samar Hafeez
Bora Bora is straight out of an artist’s canvas. Tropical landscapes and the colorful culture inspired painters like Paul Gauguin, and will light up your senses as well.
Aptly nicknamed the Pearl of the Pacific, Bora Bora is a part of French Polynesia in the South Pacific Ocean. It lies to the northwest of Tahiti, less than an hour by air from the capital city of Papeete.
Sweeping views of the turquoise lagoon and soaring rainforest-covered basaltic peaks mesmerize you even before the touchdown. The stunning backdrop of Mount Otemanu adorns the far-flung island’s unspoilt beauty.
The island’s natural beauty and wonders it is a highly coveted romantic getaway. Overwater bungalows with unparalleled ocean views are perfect for relaxing and soaking up the idyllic atmosphere. Pristine lagoons, beautiful coral reefs and a vast array of wildlife draw snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts from around the world.
If Bora Bora is on your mind, get our inside scoop on where to go, the best season to visit, and recommendations to make your trip an unforgettable one.
When to go to Bora Bora
Bora Bora has a tropical climate that’s warm and balmy all year round. Weather patterns tend to vary throughout the year, which may impact the quality of your experience on the island. So choose well and plan ahead…
High Season from May to October: Plenty of sunshine and clear blue skies
May to October marks the dry season or winter in Bora Bora, when temperatures are a bit cooler between 79 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Abundant sunshine and fewer rain showers make the dry season the high season for tourism and higher prices on resorts. The high season is also best for water sports due to comfortable water temperatures and increased visibility.
Indulge yourself on full-day excursions to nearby islands, go snorkeling in coral gardens and spot beautiful tropical fish. Swim with stingrays in shallow waters and watch black-tip sharks cruise the reef. Relish Polynesian barbecues and candle-lit dinners, served under a small thatched roof on a beautiful motu (islet). Bora Bora is the perfect setting for romance!
Our tip: If you’re planning to visit during the peak season, we recommend you book your accommodation and activities well in advance (8+ months prior to travel). Since the island is small, there is a limited number of resorts and hotels, availability can be scarce during the busy season.
Low Season from December to March: Fewer tourists, lower costs
The wet season in Bora Bora, from December onwards, is cloudier with an increased chance of rain. The temperatures go up a little and humidity kicks in. Hurricanes or cyclones are rare but they can blow through at this time of year. It’s the low season for tourism but ideal for travelers who prefer fewer crowds and don’t mind some rain on their vacation. Also, many top resorts drop their prices as demand falls, offering affordable luxury stays in overwater villa resorts.
Enjoy the serene atmosphere of Bora Bora during its low season. Water temperatures are still warm and great for snorkeling and scuba diving. Take advantage of the low season rates to pamper yourself with a spa treatment at the many luxury resorts. Check out local festivals and events such as the Heiva I Bora Bora, that celebrate Polynesian culture and traditions.
Our tip: Bora Bora has unpredictable weather so it’s best to pack appropriate clothing and gear for all weather conditions. Since it is susceptible to rain showers throughout the year, you’ll want to carry a good raincoat regardless of the season!
Shoulder Season of April and November: Good weather and good deals
April and November are in-between the wet and dry seasons of Bora Bora. You’ll have some rain and humidity but the rain showers pass quite quickly. Visiting during these months guarantees pleasant weather, fewer tourists and some excellent deals.
The atmosphere is peaceful and relaxed. Yet there’s plenty to do, including snorkeling and diving. The shoulder months are preferred by scuba divers since the absence of strong winds makes for calm, clear waters.
Our tip: Plan your trip during the shoulder season, in April or November, when the weather is still nice and the crowds and prices are less.
A bounty of exhilarating adventures
The ultimate Bora Bora experience includes staying in an overwater bungalow, perched on stilts over the clear blue waters of the lagoon. The Conrad Bora Bora Nui is an exclusive resort located on a private island, Motu To’opua with the longest private stretch of white sand beach and stunning views. Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa is a luxury resort on Motu Tevairoa, set on a spectacular private white-sand beach with sweeping views of Mount Otemanu. The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is another great option. Located on a private beach in Motu Piti Aau, this luxury resort, accessible only by water, has opulent over-water villas and terrific views.
Leisurely stays in these overwater bungalows, accentuated by sunny decks, and dining gazebos, ensure you’ll have the most idyllic and relaxing moments in this tropical paradise. Enjoy a romantic dinner on the beach or the overwater restaurants that are a hallmark of Bora Bora’s delightful culinary scene. You’ll find world-class restaurants serving a delicious fusion of French and Polynesian cuisines.
Bora Bora Activities
Surrounded by vibrant coral reefs, Bora Bora is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Discover the underwater world and a variety of marine life, including manta rays and tropical fish. Its calm, crystal-clear waters are ideal for kayaking, paddle boarding, and jet skiing.
Explore authentic traditions on cultural tours of Tahiti and Bora Bora. Take a guided tour for an immersive experience of Bora Bora’s local culture, rich history and surreal natural beauty. Visit ancient temples, tropical gardens, and local villages to see the native way of life. Learn about Polynesian culture and traditions by attending dance performances, handicraft demonstrations, and storytelling sessions. Or watch a million sparkling stars in the clear night sky or enjoy a boat cruise to the famous Blue Lagoon. Bora Bora also has several hiking trails with magnificent views of the lagoon, the reef, and the surrounding mountains. Hike to the top of Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu to enjoy panoramic views and discover the rich flora on your mountain safari.
Bora Bora and beyond
Regardless of when you choose to visit, Bora Bora is a destination for that one-of-a-kind trip. Talk to our Bora Bora travel experts to plan your perfect dream vacation. You might also enjoy island hopping in French Polynesia and experience the beauty and culture of Tahiti, Moorea, Rangiroa, and Huahine islands. Get in touch with us for your French Polynesia trip planning and we’ll help you with a tailor-made itinerary for your paradise getaway!
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