Bora Bora in Tahiti, is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of French Polynesia. In addition to its incomparable natural beauty, there is much more to discover on this small island than most people think. Enjoy magical moments that we have selected especially for you in our Top 10 activities to do in Bora Bora.
Experience a Polynesian feast on the beach
Treat yourself to an exotic Polynesian dinner and show at the Four Seasons Complex and let yourself be swept away by a visual and audio cultural experience. The seaside event begins at sunset and features traditional Polynesian dishes while the performers dance, sing and play live music. At nightfall, fire dancers come out onto the sand for a fascinating show.
Dive with the stingrays
Every to-do list in Bora Bora should include a swim with the stingrays. There are many places for an experience like this, but the most convenient is the lagoonarium – a large swimming area on the southwest coast, created as a natural habitat for marine animals. The instructors will provide you with snorkeling equipment and give you all the information on how to deal safely with the rays. Plan your visit around noon, so you can feed the reef sharks that live nearby!
Visit the Tahiti Pearl Market
Find the perfect black pearl at the Tahiti Pearl Market, one of the largest pearl farms in Tahiti. The family-run business grows and harvests pearls on several atolls in the region, creating many local jobs. Browse the large collection of prefabricated jewelry or select the perfect pearl from thousands and mount it on a piece of jewelry of your choice.
Explore the towering Mount Otemanu.
You should recognize Mount Otemanu when you see it. The two peaks of this majestic extinct volcano are probably the most photographed subject in the region – so it fits perfectly on our list of things to do in Bora Bora. Rising 2,385 feet above the lagoon, we recommend that you explore it with a guide or enjoy a 4×4 tour at the foot of the mountain to see World War II cannons, caves and fascinating ancient relics.
Visit the studio of a famous Tahitian artist.
The French artist Alain Despert moved to Bora Bora in 1986 and quickly became known for his brilliant paintings of life in Bora Bora. The Alain Despert studio is located on a hill above the beautiful Matira beach and can be visited by appointment. You may have the chance to meet the artist himself!
Relax on the beach of Matira
This kilometre long stretch of powdery white sand is located at the southern tip of Bora Bora. The shoreline is lined with palm trees that sway majestically, which is perhaps why Matira Beach is often called one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Swimming and snorkeling here are divine, with a gentle slope into the warm lagoon with a sandy bottom. If you are feeling a little peckish, head to the Fare Manuia restaurant for a poolside dinner with the locals.
Enjoy a Tahitian Sunset
When the sun goes down, head to one of the west-facing resorts and take a seat at the beach bar – or prefer a sun lounger! Arrive early for a better seat and settle in with a cocktail. Hotel Royal Bora Bora offers a great view of the sunset on a fantastic beach. At the nearby Sheraton Moorea, the sunset stilted bungalows also offer spectacular views.
Visit a turtle sanctuary
When you prepare your discovery of Bora-Bora, don’t miss the visit of the sea turtle protection center. We advise you to go there in the morning to see the morning meal and enjoy the educational tour. Injured turtles are brought here to be cared for and released. All the profits from this center will go to help the turtles, and visitors can participate in their care and even swim with them!
Dine at MaiKai BoraBora Marina and Yacht Club
Enjoy a Polynesian culinary experience at the famous MaiKai Bora Bora. This elegant lagoon-side establishment immediately sets the tone with beautiful dark wood details and a thatched roof. Expect the finest quality ingredients and the freshest seafood. The chef and owner of this restaurant, Teiva, was trained in Paris and delights guests with a range of perfectly prepared salads, sashimis, seafood and steaks. Teiva enjoys chatting with his guests, describing the delicious dishes to them.
Dine at MaiKai BoraBora Marina and Yacht Club
Enjoy a Polynesian culinary experience at the famous MaiKai Bora Bora. This elegant lagoon-side establishment immediately sets the tone with beautiful dark wood details and a thatched roof. Expect the finest quality ingredients and the freshest seafood. The chef and owner of this restaurant, Teiva, was trained in Paris and delights guests with a range of perfectly prepared salads, sashimis, seafood and steaks. Teiva enjoys talking with his guests, to describe the delicious meals he prepares, enjoy!
Embark on a vacation aboard a crewed cruise.
A crewed cruise is undoubtedly the best way to discover the incredible islands of French Polynesia. Enjoy the views on land, then board your private sailboat to discover Bora Bora’s hidden lagoons, small villages and ancient websites, all at your own pace. Your captain and chef take care of every detail, from dinner reservations at the best local restaurant to cocktails after dinner under the stars, your cruise is organized according to your desires!