Best Places to Visit in Bora Bora 2023

Best places to visit in bora bora with family

Bora Bora’s reality looks like every traveler’s dream: white sandy shores surrounded by turquoise and cobalt waters, the island’s center populated by an extinct volcano shrouded in dense foliage. This quiet island is a favorite of honeymooners and luxury travelers, but is free of the party-seeking set; if you’re in search of nightlife, this is not your spot. Most visitors spend their days vacillating between lounging on the sand-ringed motu (outlying islands) and getting active with water-based pursuits such as snorkeling, diving, parasailing, jetskiing, and hiking. Vaitape is the island’s largest settlement, seated on the major channel into the central lagoon, and most tours, whether by land or sea, depart from there. Visitors can explore the interior of the island on a hiking tour or an excursion by 4x4 jeep through the rugged landscape, while snorkeling and scuba tours allow participants to get a glimpse of the vibrant underwater world, including resident tropical fish, sharks, and stingrays. History buffs will enjoy learning about French Polynesian culture and the history of the US in Bora Bora during World War II, and those hungry for aerial views can take a helicopter tour to see the extinct peaks of the Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu volcano, as well as the surrounding islands of Taha'a, Raiatea, Tupai, and Maupiti.

1- Farepiti
Farepiti Point—also known as Farepiti Quay and Farepiti Wharf—and is the main deep-water dock on the island of Bora Bora, and the docking point for ships to other islands in French Polynesia including Tahiti.

2- Anau
A small community on the east coast of Bora Bora, Anau is known as a dive and snorkel site. Come here to spot majestic manta rays and revel in the quiet pace of life.

3- Faanui
Faanui Bay on Bora Bora island draws visitors from all over the world, who come to enjoy its unspoiled beauty, beautiful beach and historic church.

4- Motu Tapu
Motu Tapu is a private castaway island off the coast of Bora Bora. Accessible only to guests at the Conrad Bora Bora resort, it’s an unspoiled and beautiful spot.

5- Bloody Mary's Restaurant & Bar
Overlooking the unspoiled landscape of Povai Bay, Bloody Mary’s is Bora Bora’s most famous restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner, it’s a must-visit spot for vacationers on the island.

6- Lagoonarium
Bora Bora’s Lagoonarium is a natural aquarium located on a small motu (or islet east of the main island. It’s well known as a great snorkeling destination.

7- Mt. Otemanu
Mt. Otemanu is a jagged, green-sided mountain in the center of the island of Bora Bora. The volcanic mountain is visible from across the island. Visitors can admire the mountain from a boat, or explore the base of the mountain on a rigorous guided hike.

8- Matira Beach
Located on the southern tip of Bora Bora, the public Matira Beach (Plage Matira) is one of the island’s most popular sandy spots. With clear water ideal for swimming, and a beach backed by swaying palm trees, it is an idyllic destination for sunbathing, snorkeling, and watersports.

9- Coral Gardens
Encircled by a lagoon and barrier reef, the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora is known throughout the world for its marine life. A paradise for snorkelers, the Coral Gardens are a section of the reef with calm, shallow waters ideal for beginners. Look for resident creatures such as parrotfish, Japanese moray eels, and more.

10- Vaitape
Vaitape is the biggest—and only—real town on the island of Bora Bora. It’s where most people start their vacation on the island and is home to all the essential services.

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