Bora Bora is not for the traveler
on a tight budget, but it is such a pristine place, even compared
to Hawai‘i, that it is worth checking out at least once.
And there is not a more fitting time to visit the French territory
then for a honeymoon, because it provides the perfect scenery
Flying into the island is reason enough to understand why Bora
Bora must be experienced. From the air, the main island can be
seen surrounded by a turquoise lagoon (arguably unmatched) that
is protected by numerous islets and reef.
It is a water world, and the best place to stay is an overwater
bunglow. It is more costly then other accommodations for an already
expensive trip, but the experience is priceless.
The one drawback: Overwater bunglows are such an interesting
experience that getting out and seeing the rest of the island
seems almost moot, because it does not get any better. Imagine
getting up to a beautiful sunrise, seeing a family of rays swim
by, and jumping from your lanai into crystal clear water to swim
But the rest of the island, as well as its surrounding islets,
are also must sees, and Bora Bora offers numerous ways to experience
the beautiful land and water it has to offer.
For the water, most hotels offer kayaks and canoes, as well as
snorkling gear, at no cost. There are glass-bottom boats and
cage tours available, as well as rentals of almost every kind
of motorized vehicle.
Surfing is available, but it is not easy to find. Huge barreling
waves break outside of the reefs, which means there is plenty
Land offers just as much choice, including off-road tours to
World War II relics. Cars and scooters can be rented, and the
more athletic visitor can rent a bike and spend a day riding
around the main island’s 28-kilometers of mostly paved
roads. It’s a great way to go.
The trip around the island offers many different experiences.
At one point it is pure country (all forest, no agriculture),
where meeting people living the simple life in bamboo shacks
is still possible.
A few miles past the forest, a small town demonstrates how even
Bora Bora is no different then the rest of the world. Kids pour
out of European schools and Catholic churches, and museums add
And then there is Vaitape, the main port, where most of the little
traffic and pollution on the island is found.
The perfect way to end the day is with a sunset walk.
All photos by Baxter and Karla Cepeda