6 Exciting Things to do in Bora Bora

Trek volcanoes, explore azure lagoons and soak up culture. Enrich your incredible trip to Bora Bora with Wayfairer.

Bora Bora is known as one of the most luxurious holiday destinations on Earth, as its enchanting, tropical coastline is interwoven with elegant beach resorts famous for their hands-on hospitality and unique experiences. There is no mystery as to why this heavenly French Polynesia island has become such a fashionable place to visit.

However, although a trip to Bora Bora certainly makes for some admirable additions to any Instagram page, we encourage you to travel for a much more tangible reason. Whilst on your magnificent Bora Bora holiday, whether on an intimate honeymoon or a non-stop island-hopping tour, you should aim to experience as much of the island’s diversity as possible.

From its tree-tangled hiking paths and Jurassic-like, volcanic landscapes to its serene, over-water bungalows and ocean-side spas, there is an endless list of exciting things to do in Bora Bora.

Here are our 6 favourite things to do in Bora Bora:

1. Stay in dream-like resorts in Bora Bora

2. Snorkel and scuba-dive to your heart's content

3. Go on a Bora Bora hiking tour around mountains and caves

4. Visit local Polynesian villages in Bora Bora

5. Relax and let loose on the best beaches in Bora Bora

6. Indulge in a range of cuisines


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1. Stay in dream-like resorts in Bora BoraA young couple stand on their private veranda overlooking the incredible overwater bungalows.


Wayfairer represents a spell-binding array of the best resorts in Bora Bora, each of which open up a distinct vista of this legendary corner of French Polynesia. Many of them boast the iconic over-water bungalow style, offering mornings on a private veranda overlooking endless ocean scenery. These high-class resorts and hotels are also noted for homing incredible, state-of-the-art spas and holistic wellness facilities, an amenity which pairs beautifully with the island's serene atmosphere.

Stay right amid the island’s forested glory with St Regis Bora Bora, or on a secluded Bora Bora private island, like with Conrad Bora Bora or the Four Seasons. Decorate each blissful hour with sensory escapades and excursions which soak you in the biological and cultural richness of French Polynesia. Whether in your luxurious hotel spa or on an exhilarating outdoor adventure, spend each day like it is your last.

Note: Depending on the time of year, some of these beautiful Bora Bora resorts are likely to be booked up quickly. Speak to our French Polynesia Travel Specialist to begin discussions about the best time to visit Bora Bora.

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2. Snorkel and scuba-dive to your heart's contentshutterstock_1280440216_1_rne8uw-1


Along with its stunning luxury resorts, Bora Bora tours are renowned for offering wildlife experiences that are beyond this world. Explore the ocean at its most beautiful with the help of our tour partners in French Polynesia, guided by unmatched local knowledge and those who are ready to give your little ones a helping hand.

You are welcomed to stride freely towards boundless coral gardens and the mysterious beauty which lies beyond Bora Bora’s glittering lagoons. No matter your level of ability or age, there is sure to be something for you within these beautiful coastal waters.

The Pacific Ocean is a gift that just keeps on giving, inviting you and your loved ones to experience its grandeur from resort-side lagoons to much more daring depths, offering scenic boat rides further out for those who seek the ocean's more elusive creatures. Witness sharks, manta rays and dolphins as they glide by, leaving behind twinkling trails in the royal blue, and sea turtles as they float curiously beside you.



3. Go on a Bora Bora hiking tour around mountains and caves

As you recline on the velvet-sanded beaches in Bora Bora, the mighty Mount Otemanu rises before you. This dormant volcano peaks at 727 metres and is the pride and glory of surrounding Polynesian villages. Luckily for you, our partners in French Polynesia welcome you onto the hiking trails which wind around these scenic wilds. As you approach the gigantic mountain, you feel as though you have stepped into a Hollywood movie, perhaps King Kong or Jurassic Park, and you realise that Bora Bora brings so much more than you expected.

Infused with a complex colonial history and a web of incredible biodiversity, the Bora Bora wilderness provides for endless hours of exploration. On top of climbing Mount Otemanu itself, its surrounding cave networks and its twin peak, Mount Pahia, unveil Bora Bora’s cloaked communities of tropical birds, reptiles and amphibians.

With a range of difficulties, including the much less challenging Bora Bora loop, all this makes Bora Bora an amazing location for family walking holidays and adventure tours.

Wayfairer Top Tip

You will not be able to hike up Mount Otemanu without the presence of an expert guide, as the trek itself is challenging and Bora Bora's untamed wilds make it easy to get lost! Luckily, we are on-hand to provide you with some of the most knowledgeable and friendly guides on the island, making your unique walking holiday one to never forget! 


4. Visit local Polynesian villages in Bora Bora


As with many other of the French Polynesia islands, a trip to Bora Bora introduces you to villages which bustle with local life and the proud, impenetrable spirit that seems to burst from these Pacific communities. Whilst Polynesians have battled a troubling history on the island, the culture today is thriving.

It is important to us at Wayfairer that our customers learn about the countries they visit and experience the true spirit of Bora Bora. There are three renowned villages on the island, named Vaitape, Anau and Faanui. They home small landmarks which echo with hundreds of years of history, along with a mixture of traditional architecture and markets, and modern shops and facilities.

There is also a number of annual festivals which celebrate the local traditions of Bora Bora, such as the Hieva I Bora Bora, or the ‘Celebration of Life’, and the Pearl Regatta. You will discover the unique sense of spirituality which characterises much of the Polynesian tradition, as well as a palpable love and protectiveness for the island itself.

Wayfairer Top Tip

Be mindful during your Bora Bora tour that other cultures are not purely a means of entertainment, but a way of life for people. Continue to share and enjoy our planet’s cultural tapestry in a respectful and open-minded way.

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5. Relax and let loose on the best beaches in Bora Bora


Of course, when you embark on your incredible luxury Bora Bora tour with Wayfairer, you must take advantage of the island’s world-famous, white-sanded beaches! This legendary, picturesque coastline homes many of the best resorts in Bora Bora, where you can wake up to the soothing sounds of the mighty Pacific.

Whilst the pearly beaches in Bora Bora are an idyllic spot to relax amidst the consistent warmth of the Polynesian sun, the more adventurous amongst us are bound to be tempted by the island’s more thrilling offerings.

Bora Bora transforms into a water sport haven upon your very command. From the comfort of your hotel infinity pool, plunge into kayaking, jet-skiing, parasailing, wakeboarding and much more! All this makes Bora Bora and its neighbouring islands the perfect family holiday destination or dazzling honeymoon for those couples who connect through the outdoors.



6. Indulge in a range of cuisines


From the moment you wake each morning during your holiday in Bora Bora, our partners ensure your senses are pampered. Many of the resorts that are included in our luxury travel itineraries offer the quintessential floating breakfast, enriching your paradisical stay with explosive flavours enjoyed in your Bora Bora overwater bungalow.

Your culinary experience during your Bora Bora tour is inherently cultural, crafted carefully by us to spotlight the customs and efforts of Pacific islanders. The best Bora Bora resorts have employed local people to cook family recipes using locally-grown ingredients, welcoming you to pamper your tastebuds in an atmosphere defined by romance, opulence and tranquility.

You can also enjoy a range of carefully organised, private dining experiences during your stay, adding an extraordinary intimacy to any couples holiday or honeymoon in Bora Bora. Sink into the bliss of the island's beaches and open your eyes to this unique cuisine which manifests both French and Chinese influences.

If you’re eager to include Bora Bora in your next luxury holiday package with Wayfairer, send an online enquiry through the button below to get in touch with our French Polynesia Travel Specialist.

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