This is a guest post on my site from Erin of South to Southwest. She was so excited to find out she and her husband were going to Bora Bora, French Polynesia for their honeymoon. It was the trip of a lifetime, and if you haven’t been yet, well … it’s time to add Bora Bora to your list!
8 Reasons to Escape to Bora Bora
1. Over Water Bungalows
You saw them in the movie Couples Therapy and have wanted to stay in one ever since, amiright? Many of the resorts on Bora Bora offer one or two-bedroom cabins perched above the lagoon, with a private balcony and stairs from your room directly into the sea. Ours had a see-through floor under the coffee table, where we could see tropical fish swimming below!
2. World-Class Diving and Snorkeling
There are only so many places where you can see live coral reefs up close, and Bora Bora has some of the best. Hook up with a local guide to venture out to the best places on the island. (Plus you’ll know what exactly what types of fish you’re looking at!)
3. Culture and Locals
The people of Bora Bora are always smiling, which makes sense since the scenery is so gorgeous. The pace of life is relaxed, and the locals did not mind answering our questions and pointing us in the right direction. Most everyone speaks English, and many are trilingual: they speak French and Tahitian too! You can see the French Polynesian culture in every aspect of your stay, from the dances at dinner to the unique dishes and drinks.
4. Time to Unplug
With a slow and often spotty internet connection and only one English-speaking tv station, we were forced to unplug. And that is a good thing! If you are a technology addict, Bora Bora is a great place to detox. Bring some books (or a Kindle, if you must!) and go back to a simpler, less connected time.
5. Get (Far) Away From It All
If you’re looking to “get away from it all”, Bora Bora is the perfect place to do that in both the literal and figurative sense. It’s in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, and at least a 6-hour flight from the nearest continent (Australia). We felt like we were thousands of miles away from our daily stresses – because we were! There’s just nothing like looking out at endless miles of ocean.
6. Unique History
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the US set up a military base on Bora Bora because the shape of the lagoons offered a natural protective barrier. Though there was never any actual fighting on the island in World War 2, the soldiers did find love, and many of the current population are descendants of these soldiers! You can still see the cannons and bunkers left behind. Also, Bora Bora’s airport, built by the US during this time, was the first international airport in French Polynesia and brought tourism to the island.
7. Photographer’s Paradise
Make sure you bring more than one memory card! There are so many beautiful shots to capture, and you’ll want to make those photos of the blue lagoons your computer background for the next few months. Bring an underwater camera if you have one; you won’t want to miss capturing some images of the fish and manta rays you’ll see snorkeling!
8. Lots to Do
Even though the island is very laid back, there is plenty to do. We took an ATV tour of the mainland, which included riding up the side of the mountain and learning about the history of several sites from our local guide. You can also parasail, swim with sharks, kayak, try standup paddle boarding, lay on the beach, or just get a nice long massage at the spa. You’ll be relaxed for sure, but never bored!
We are already talking about when we can go back….