Far and Away in Bora Bora
Winter in Bora Bora sounds good when it’s about two degrees outside, and the windchill is all of -10 degrees. It is 86 degrees there, and the turquoise waters are just right for snorkeling, diving and shark feeding. There is such a thing for those who like…it.
The sugary white sand looks good enough to eat, but basking in the sun on a lounge chair is sufficient. Swim with manta rays and cruise around on top the water in a variety of boats. Just skip the wedding and go now.
When to Honeymoon in Bora Bora
December through March is the wet season in this area, so winter may not be the time to go; go ahead and have the wedding first. Mosquitos abound in these months as well, so look at November or April. These are mild, dry months with fewer biting beasties, and the big numbers of tourists come May through October.
Going in the months before and after the main season may result in better deals, too. Some offers start just under $2,000, but most are closer to $3,000 per person for double occupancy.
What To Do in Bora Bora
- Apart from the splashy water activities, hiking and 4X4 treks up the mountain are quite fun. OK, 4X4 rides are fun. Mount Otemanu is an extinct volcano that has an elevation of 2,400 feet and some great photo ops. Clouds sometimes gather around the bottom of the mountain as the top stays sunny and bright.
- Vaitape, the big town on the west coast of the island, has shops and dining options, and they sell black pearls! This may cancel out the male vote now, but it had to be said. Visitors can get there by bus, bike or taxi. There is a bar called Bloody Mary’s for crying out loud! Let the pirate games begin!
- A “Lagoonarium” and coral reef are available for touring for a price, but watch out for the sting rays; they bite at times when people feed them. Water shoes are necessary.
- If couples should want to leave their bungalows out in the water, they should note how clear the water is and consider some kind of boat trip. It may be on a whaler, outrigger canoe, catamaran, sailboat or even a jet ski, but it will be beautiful.
Best Resorts in Bora Bora
One travel group rated the top five resorts as follows:
- Four Seasons Bora Bora
- St. Regis Bora Bora
- Intercontinental Thalasso
- Le Meridien Bora Bora
- Bora Bora Pearl
These are not discount-valued locations. Couples will be pampered to the nth degree and foods and beverages are excellent. Shuttles carry guests back and forth to restaurants in the evenings after everyone is tanned and clothed in floral prints.
Paddle boards are usually stocked in quantity for anyone who wants to develop upper body muscles. The Four Seasons has access to helicopter tour scheduling, and the spa offers a body scrub of powdered black pearl and native vanilla, oh my.
All of the resorts have similar amenities, and the St. Regis has a swim-up bar, which may be the most important detail. The Intercontinental Thalasso has a French Polynesian motif. Le Meridien has nice outdoor spaces and is only 20 minutes from the airport on a private boat. The Bora Bora Pearl boasts over-water bungalows with glass floor spaces. That could be somewhat entertaining.
Best Hotels in Bora Bora
The Bora Bora Eden Beach Hotel, and other hotels like the Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora have similar amenities not unlike the big resorts. The hotels on the main island have access to more activities like parasailing and whale-watching. They are near places that rent bicycles, water skis and kayaks as well.
It’s All Good
Being in Bora Bora, no matter the lodging facilities, is a wonderful opportunity. The weather is nearly perfect, the water clear and the wildlife amazing. The food is great and the beverages “stiff.” Sitting on the beach staring off into space is just as pleasurable as doing almost anything else because it’s Bora Bora. Plan ahead to get the best possible deal, and then just soak up the positive vibes.