Bora without a doubt is the honeymooning capital of the world, and in light of current circumstances. The immaculate, blue waters of the tidal pond, the white sand shorelines, alongside the sunny tropical climate make it a de-focusing on goal like no other.
Bora Bora does remind you of Oz in so many ways, when you see the most amazing shades of blue in the ocean, lined by the sparkling white sand, the bright hues of the tropical flowers, and the hulking presence of Mount Otemanu dominating the landscape.
Yes, you definitely are in paradise. Now, most of us may not want to do anything more than laze on the shore, sip a watermelon sangria, and soak in the marvelous sunshine. But for those of you looking for something beyond being a total slob, here’s a list.
10 Awesome Things to Do in Bora Bora
We’ve got to begin with the obvious, and that’s snorkeling, of course! It seems as if Bora Bora’s lagoons are made for snorkeling, with its perfectly warm water, and a plethora of sea dwellers to find. So, from butterflyfish to manta rays to parrotfish swimming among the delicately colored corals, you’ll find it all beneath the ocean’s surface right here. The best spot for snorkeling would be Anau, where the manta rays promise a spectacular show.
Meet the sharks
Yes, another obvious option makes a beeline. But seriously, can you escape the lure of the sea when you’re on an island as beautiful as this? For those interested in diving, awesome thrills await in the form of lemon sharks, blacktip reef sharks, and grey reef sharks. Diving off the coast of Bora Bora even suits beginners, owing to the clear and shallow waters of the lagoon. Head to any of the island’s diving centers to find instructors and equipment, and go straight for the dip.
Adrenalin junkies will enjoy a superb jet-ski ride on the inner lagoons. Amazingly fast, these skis let you zoom over the waves with the cool water splashing all over, complete with wind-in-the-hair thrills.
Get high (up there)
For those of you dreading the creepy crawlies that inhabit the sea, parasailing is the perfect option. This is where you get to parachute over the ocean, gazing at the unending stretch of the water way below you. It is a dream-like thrill, especially towards the evening, as the sky gets a flaming glow, contrasting with the deep blue of the water. This is the best seat in the house, and you don’t get a drop of water on you!
Take a hike
Well, if you thought Bora Bora was all sun, sea, surf, and sand, you couldn’t be more wrong. Mt. Otemanu, along with Mt. Paihia are the island’s highest points, and a hike to these summits is an experience worth a million bucks. The hike is reportedly arduous and treacherous, so going along with a guide is definitely recommended. If you don’t fancy a hike, just take a walk along the easier pathways, as you observe the island’s greenery. As the mesmerizing ocean comes into view, you’re left dazzled to discover the many shades of turquoise you didn’t even know existed.
Enjoy a fantastic spread
A meal at Bloody Mary’s? You betcha! This restaurant is royalty in Bora Bora, so a visit is definitely in order. This is a place where the day’s catch is what’s for dinner, so there isn’t a formal menu to speak of. But the food is delicious, and so is the ambiance. Other gems in Bora Bora include the fancy Le Matira Beach Restaurant and the Aloe Cafe, for those with a sweet tooth. The local cuisine is an amazing confluence of Polynesian and French styles, which makes for some delicious meals indeed.
Hit the beach
You’re never too far from the sea when you’re in Bora Bora. And at most times, the seaside here is deserted, pristine, and inviting. So take a jog on the coast, or simply walk along, or just sink your bare toes in the soft sand; there is so much you can do when you’re by the sea.
Get a spa-licious massage
A seaweed massage may not mean a lot when we get one back home. But here, in any of Bora Bora’s seaside spas, it’s like you get transported to a whole new world to get that rejuvenated boost. Works wonders, and you’ll know it when you’ll get it done.
Stay in a hammock
All. Day. Long. Well, a racy paperback will provide excellent company, as will a cool cocktail.
Pay an ode to romance
Doesn’t matter if you’re here on a romantic trip or not, enjoying a gorgeous sunset is on everyone’s agenda. It may not be as dramatic as the one pictured here, but it’s sure to be amazing nevertheless.
The sun never sets on awesomeness here in Bora Bora, so if you’ve done something that’s not on this list, do drop a line to let us know. Until then, soak in the sunshine!