Bora Bora Overview
- Emerald peaks, turquoise lagoons
- Coast life
- Overwater romance, subaqua seduction
French Polynesia's most famous honeymoon hot spot, Bora Bora is super-seductive, with a magical mountain-topped island encircled by a blue lagoon and button-cute coral isles.
Even flying in is a thrill, with dramatic aerial views of verdant palm-peppered jungle and flash resorts (Bora is more of a lagoon, than beach, destination). Overwater bungalows abound in this exclusive getaway, so seek out a stilted sanctuary to call your own. Dress to impress, as this is as glamour-puss as the aptly named Society Islands get, with fine dining, dance shows and cocktails yours to command. Active types will love the snorkelling, diving, lagoon safaris and watersports (try outrigger canoeing, the national passion), with 4WD tours, hiking and heavenly spa pampering on land. Shoppers can get their pearl fix, or pick up a permanent reminder of paradise with an authentic Polynesian tattoo.
- Do go/don't go
- You'll usually get the best weather in the dry, cooler winter period from May to October. Summer (November to April) sees hotter temperatures, rising humidity, cloudier skies and heavier rains, although storms are usually brief. Peak season falls in line with the northern school holidays, especially July and August, and Christmas; the island also books up for the July Heiva festival, so get in early or look for off-season bargains. June to August can bring the lagoon-ruffling south-east trade winds.