When I tell someone about my recent trip to Bora Bora, every single person responds with either “I LOVE Bora Bora” or “I have always wanted to visit Bora Bora”. It seems to make the top of everyone’s list in some way.
What surprises me is how people view it as such a faraway, exotic destination. I’m told that Bora Bora receives the same number of tourists in one year that Hawaii receives in one week. Many people think nothing of hopping on a plane to Hawaii. Next trip, those same people should book a flight to Bora Bora and load one extra movie on their ipad. The flight to Bora Bora is less than two hours longer than that flight to Hawaii.
The French Polynesia is located South of the equator about the same distance as Hawaii is North of the equator. Tahiti is the largest island. You fly into Papeete, Tahiti on a nonstop flight from Los Angeles. From there, you take a quick flight to Bora Bora.
There are a surprising number of resorts on Bora Bora at many different price points. I was very grateful to be a guest of Four Seasons Bora Bora. There are 100 overwater bungalows and 7 beachfront villas with one, two or three bedrooms which are really fabulous for families. If you stay in an overwater bungalow, you can choose between a beach view, lagoon view and a mountain view. The mountain view is breathtaking with a view of Mount Otemanu, one of the peaks of an extinct volcano. It is a truly breathtaking view that is, of course, more expensive. There are also a few connecting bungalows for families or couples traveling with friends. Some bungalows have infinity pools. You could stay at your bungalow all day, swim in the ocean and your pool, order room service and drinks and enjoy the best view on the island.
Yes, I did mention families. Families are welcome! It is a quiet atmosphere at the resort, but I consider it a great fit for many families. The villas are wonderful for families with small kids, so they can enjoy their own private pool right at the beach. Familieis with older kids would have fun staying in two connecting bungalows and would be thrilled with the many snorkeling and fishing adventures. There is just one very lovely and relaxing main pool, so kids who like waterpark atmospheres would think the pool is pretty lame. I think the tween ages would be the hardest to keep happy.
While non-motorized sports are included in your room charge, there are a few more active adventures you must make room for in your budget. My very favorite activity is the stingray and shark swim. It is great fun swimming with the stingrays. We took a ten minute boat ride to waters about chest high where our guide knows the stingrays. His friend, Juliet, swam right up to him. Our guide said he has known Juliet for 15 years. She is pregnant and let our guide hold her for over 20 minutes. After the stingrays, we visited an area with electric blue waters where you can swim with black tip reef sharks and lemon sharks. It was an incredible experience, and I highly recommend it to any visitor to Bora Bora.
I also had the opportunity to jet ski around the entire mainland of Bora Bora. It was so fun! The color of the water constantly changes and is so beautiful! It is great fun to say I circled the island of Bora Bora on a jet ski!
There are lots of other activity choices, such as catamaran sailings, sunset cruises with private dinners, fishing, diving and other snorkeling trips. The most fun may also be just sleeping on the beach with a fruity drink always at hand. The service is typical Four Seasons service: impeccable. Everyone is so friendly and truly wants to make your visit to their beautiful island special. There were hugs good-bye, and, as you drive off in your boat towards the airport, your hosts wave good-bye until they can no longer see you. Its such a nice touch and makes you mentally start planning your return.
Contact me with any questions about Four Seasons Bora Bora and the French Polynesia in general. I love sharing my experience on this truly special place on Earth!