Bora Bora Bucket List: 10 Best Things to Do In Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora Tourist Attractions, Best Activities to do, and places to see in Bora Bora

Bora Bora overwater bungalow
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What are the top tourist attractions to visit in Bora Bora, French Polynesia?

Bora Bora is globally known for having one of the most scenic beaches conducive to sight-seeing and relaxation. This French Polynesian island group is located in the South Pacific Ocean which makes it rich in aquatic life, see-through tides, lush jungle, pristine lagoon, over-water bungalows, and spectacular mountain views. This honeymoon destination is conveniently an hour’s flight from Tahiti which is the largest island in French Polynesia. From Tahiti, most people board a small plane towards this beautiful island of Bora Bora. This island group’s Vaitape is its largest town offering a bountiful variety of stunning places to visit. This list compiles nothing but the best things to do in Bora Bora for the most memorable vacation yet!

Best Things to Do In Bora Bora
Best Things to Do In Bora Bora

Ascend Mount Pahia and Mount Ohue

Hike a Mountain in Bora Bora
Hike a Mountain in Bora Bora
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Overlooking the sublime shores of Bora Bora are picturesque mountains that will satisfy your craving for a fascinating view and a fulfilling and worthy hike. The twin peaks of Mount Pahia is nothing short of iconic while Mount Otemanu, the highest point at Bora Bora, is no less than rewarding at sight and soul. The hikes can be quite steep in climb and meek in trails. If you are up for this extra challenge, a mountain hike at this grand place is a must-do!

Enjoy a delighting cruise

Bora Bora Cruise
Bora Bora Cruise

This heavenly island is made of crystal clear turquoise waters that are abundant in beautiful coral reefs and marine life. The inviting waters make cruising a perfect choice where you can meet and greet fishes and appreciate the life underneath for a rejuvenated existence. If you love getting to know the shimmering waters sandwiched by the radiant sun and warm sand, cruising is a top-notch thing to do!

Go on a scuba diving adventure

Scuba Diving in Bora Bora by @f_r_pierrot via Unsplash
Scuba Diving in Bora Bora by @f_r_pierrot via Unsplash

Bora Bora is inhabited by vibrant sea turtles, dolphins, whales, and more wildlife. This stunning island is also home to the unique island of Tupai, a heart-shaped land that is only accessible to some divers. Most diving spots will let you swim along with huge Napoleon fishes, triggerfishes, and humpback whales through the translucent waters. Here, you can also enjoy a manta ray dive where you can see multi-colored reefs and many manta rays that drop by the area to meet and greet tourists. If you’re feeling a little more daring, a shark diving spot is also accessible at the beautiful Bora Bora.

Take a tour of the lagoon

If you’re up for a French Polynesian excursion, you can have a taste of paradise through a lagoon tour. In this tour, you can explore more of the most beautiful flora and fauna of Bora Bora. The richness in marine biodiversity is no less than amazing and educational. You can get a half-day sailing experience, lunch by the beach during your tour, get yourself in a jet ski and simply enjoy the waters like never before!

Bike underwater

In the wonderful waters of Bora Bora, you have the opportunity to rent a 2-seater submersible scooter even without ample swimming or diving experience. If you’re worried about security, there’s a path designated for your bike to travel through. You can also walk the waters like Sandy of Spongebob through a dry head in a glass bubble where you can breathe normally as you explore life under the sea. Sounds exciting, right?

Matira Beach Bora Bora
Matira Beach Bora Bora

Have a romantic lunch

Apart from its abundance in marine life, resorts, and activities, the shores and shoreline of Bora Bora are also rich in romantic dining places. Some restaurants are owned by renowned chefs, exquisite hotels, and yacht clubs which offer the ultimate romantic fine dining experience. You can choose between all sorts of a menu which will surely impress even the pickiest palette. The many different options will give you the liberty to choose your resto depending on the ambiance or the type of cuisine it serves. So if it is a candle-lit dinner you want by the beach, there are plenty of options to choose from!

Go parasailing

If you crave for an aerial view of Bora Bora, flying over the pristine waters and sparkling lagoon is not a bad idea. Get yourself rocketed up there by the wind as you glide your way to one of the world’s most panoramic views. To experience a more outstanding sensation, fly in tandem, under the clouds and above the relaxing waters of this island group.

Indulge in a photo tour

Bora Bora - French Polynesia by @dfromrennes via Unsplash
Bora Bora – French Polynesia by @dfromrennes via Unsplash

In today’s time, what is a vacation without photos? Get your memories captured by professional photographers who are skilled in taking amazing pictures in the most idyllic places in Bora Bora. Some photo tours are adept at taking romantic shots for your most-awaited wedding day.

A photo tour can pick you up and tour you around with great photos of you at the boat, under the sea, swimming with fishes, diving with sharks and whales, and in a dreamy vacation with your loved ones. Instagrammable, indeed!

Snorkel your way under

Snorkeling in Bora Bora
Snorkeling in Bora Bora

The marine biodiversity in the waters of Bora Bora makes it an ultimate destination for snorkeling. During your travel to Bora Bora, you will encounter a growing wildlife population that is unlike any other. Being a dormant volcano, Bora Bora rose out of the middle of the ocean millenniums ago, attracting a wide array of exquisite marine creatures to its underwater palaces. This island group has an incredible variety of marine life which includes sea turtles, dolphins, and humpback whales that go around its seas. What makes this place an even better snorkeling destination is that its luminous waters have the perfect conditions for a variety of manta rays to flourish. These rays have gotten used to many tourists that they don’t go away when people are nearby.

Stay in an overwater bungalow

Bora Bora overwater bungalow
Bora Bora overwater bungalow

After a long day of being underwater, relax under the sun in an overwater bungalow where you can stare at the gleaming skies and the never-ending horizon. These huts were designed in French Polynesia which makes it a valuable symbol of Bora Bora. Every resort and lodging in the area has huts of varying sizes and prices, making the experience accessible to every tourist. Enjoy the life by the shore as you relax on a floating bungalow.

Bora Bora Travel and Tour Packages

Searching for the best Bora Bora hotels, resorts, and affordable flights in the nearby Cities? Check out our list of affordable hotels and resorts via Agoda, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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