Bora Bora. With its name meaning ‘created by the gods’, this idyllic island group definitely fits the bill for a heavenly holiday away from reality, offering turquoise seas with coral reef, delicate hibiscus blossoms and volcanic peaks. Its overwater thatched-roof bungalows, aised on stilts above the ocean, surround tranquil lagoons filled with tropical fish. This Tahitian island is simply one of the most beautiful in the world.
With average temperatures around 28°C and lowest rainfall from June to September, our UK summer season is the perfect time to experience Bora Bora. Most rainfall occurs during their summer, between November and April when temperatures reach into the 30s and the island becomes incredibly humid. Avoiding this season is probably best if you want to see Bora Bora at its best!
Where to stay
The island’s accommodation is mainly made up of resorts set around lagoons. The luxurious Four Seasons Resort is one of the most exclusive resorts in Bora Bora, but there’s a huge selection of resorts featuring beautiful beaches, botanical gardens, luxury spas and ocean views, depending on your preference for ultimate relaxation and total escapism.
What to do
There’s plenty of sight seeing to do under the water in Bora Bora. Tropical fish, manta rays and coral reef are there to be explored, or you can take a boat out fishing or on a sunset cruise, or a canoe to a private island to enjoy a romantic dinner.
Get a taste of Polynesia with a traditional dinner show, restore some peace and harmony at one of Bora Bora’s luxury spas or grab some action with kitesurfing or parasailing. And off the water there’s plenty to explore with a trip to an ancient temple, the WWII cannons and you can take in the island’s beauty from the sky with a helicopter tour. And of course, there must be time for some pearl shopping at the local boutiques and plenty of opportunity for sampling as much local food as possible.
But if you just want to laze, you can pass your time in quiet, luxurious seclusion on a soft, sandy beach under palm trees and fragrant hibiscus, taking in spectacular volcanic views and breathing in the sounds of nature. There’s not a lot of traffic here – no public transport to be found – the island life revolves around the sea.
Bora Bora is a welcome escape for celebrities. Exclusive and tucked away, they can simply disappear to enjoy the views and a healthy dose of sunshine. Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux enjoyed their honeymoon here and Benedict Cumberbatch also whisked his new wife off to the tropical haven in 2015. Bieber reportedly loves a swim in the crystal clear waters and Usain Bolt celebrated his Olympic victories here. Private waterfront villas, exclusive lagoon restaurants and balconies you can dive into the ocean from, this has to be the ultimate luxury celeb escape.
Walking down the aisle under a Tahitian sun to the strains of Polynesian ukulele seems like an idyllic wedding dream. But in Bora Bora, this is a reality for couples dreaming of a sunkissed tropical wedding. Beach or resort ceremony, you’re spoiled for choice with locations to celebrate your special day. And then you’re already on honeymoon! A perfect place for creating and celebrating your first memories as newlyweds.
With dreamy landscapes, heavenly beaches and exquisite ocean treasures, Bora Bora showcases the very best in exotic luxury. This is the place for enjoying new sights, peaceful sounds and ultimate relaxation; a true indulgent escape.