About Erin D
Lives in San Pedro, Belize
Since Sep 2008
35-49 year old female
Full time traveler and digital nomad - visited over 60 countries on 5 continents to date. Three-time expat -- Taiwan, Netherlands, and Belize. I'm a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and I'm an annual passholder to all Disney Parks worldwide, visiting each of the international resorts 2-3 times per year. I work as a travel and food writer and blogger. I write for publications like Viator and Roam Right Travel Insurance. I am AFAR Magazine's Belize expert and authored the Official AFAR Guide to Belize. In 2013, I authored the majority of Belize's official visitor magazine, Destination Belize, and had the honor to work as the English language editor for a renowned international chef's second published cookbook.
Matira Beach is a beautiful mile stretch of beach at the southern tip of Bora Bora Island. The water is crystal clear and the sand is incredibly soft. Visitors to Bora Bora fall in love with Matira and many say it's one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You can snorkel right off the beach; two of the best spots located at the northern point, as well as the east side down to the southern-most point. Bring your snorkel gear and hop in the water to check out the colorful coral and the overwhelming number of tropical fish. You'll quickly learn why Matira Beach is often called The Aquarium.
Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa is located on Motu Tevairoa, with access to its own private beach and stunning views of Mount Otenamu. While over half of the thatched-roof bungalows are stilted over the lagoon, 30 are set among the gardens, or on the beach if you prefer a room on the beach itself. Lots of activities are directly available from the beach, including kayaking, snorkeling, and outrigger canoeing.
The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is surrounded by sand-fringed islets and offers more than just idyllic shoreline to relax on. Join a team and play a game of volleyball on the beachside court, or try your hand at badminton. For something different, try Boules, a game that originated in the south of France and is similar to bocce ball. Head off the shore and go snorkeling or book a windsurfing lesson.
The Bora Bora Eden Beach Hotel offers one of the best views from its beach — a 180-degree lagoon view from the beach! And, no over-the-water bungalows to detract from the views on the beach here so it's a rather unique spot in Bora Bora. Both beaches at the Eden Beach Hotel are private so you'll definitely need to be a guest here to enjoy these amazing views. Enjoy beach activities like volleyball or check out a kayak or canoe, go snorkeling, or even learn how to windsurf.
The InterContinental Thalasso-Spa in Bora Bora is located on one of the most popular motus, Motu Piti Aau. This coral island is a favorite beach spot for many travelers visiting Bora Bora. Motu Piti Aau is home to the popular Matira Beach just across the road. While staying at the InterContinental Thalasso-Spa, you'll be able to check out the 'motu hammock,' located just off the beach. It's a small sandbar with a hammock stretched between two trees — perfect for an afternoon of relaxing.
In addition to the resort on the main island, Hilton owns Motu Tapu, reserved exclusively for invited guests and those staying at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa. Motu Tapu is one of the most photographed islands in the South Pacific and was once the private beach of Queen Pomare IV of Tahiti. It's been described as the world's most perfect place to relax. Different packages are available to Hilton guests, which range from a picnic on the beach to a private dinner for two under the stars.
As its name suggests, the Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort is located right on the beach in Bora Bora. You'll not only have access to the awesome beach on the property, but to the private island just across the lagoon. There is a free shuttle boat between the mainland resort and the private island. The property was originally built by filmmaker Dino De Laurentis in 1977 to house Mia Farrow and the crew while shooting Hurricane.
If you're not staying at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, but are dying to visit Motu Tapu, book a trip with Raanui Tours who stop at the famous Motu, one of the most photographed islands in the world. You won't be able to stay for hours as if you were staying at the Hilton, but it's one of the best ways to experience the island as a non-guest.