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Romantic Guide to Bora Bora

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Bora Bora isn't known as 'the romantic island' for nothing. This idyllic tropical getaway is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world, and nothing is out of the realm of possibility here. Consider breakfast on your over-water bungalow's balcony (delivered by outrigger canoe), a picnic lunch on a private island, or even getting married in a chapel that sits over the lagoon. Whether you're planning your honeymoon or just a romantic escape, you won't have to look very hard to find romance in Bora Bora.

Good for
  • Couples
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Tahiti-Helicopters

Helicopter Tours

Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls -Bora Bora

Gift & Speciality Shops

Bora Bora Photo Lagoon

Boat Tours, Photography Tours

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Hotels

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Hotels

Conrad Bora Bora Nui

Hotels

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Hotels

The Chef's Table by La Villa Mahana

Restaurants

La Plage Tours

Private Tours, Boat Hire, Boat Tours

Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges

Restaurants

Erin D's City Tips

  • The airport is located north of the main island and most transfers are done by boat. Take the ferry to Vaitape where small buses will pick you up. Most hotels have shuttles that can bring you directly to your hotel.
  • Most people explore Vaitape by bicycle or you can rent mopeds (with mandatory helmet) and small electric vehicles.
  • The main languages in Bora Bora are French and Tahitian, although English is widely spoken as well in most places.
  • Some resorts do allow topless sunbathing, but it's best to ask ahead of time to be sure so you don't offend the locals.
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    Tahiti-Helicopters
    Helicopter Tours
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    Erin D Says:

    Fly over Bora Bora in a helicopter with your significant other to experience it from above. Enjoy stunning views of Mount Otemanu and the brilliant shades of turquoise in the lagoon — Bora Bora is surrounded by a stunning coral reef, making it an impressive sight to behold from the sky. There are several packages available, including a complete tour of the Leeward Islands, which includes Tupai, Bora Bora, Tahaa, and Raiatea.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Be advised these tours are not private charters unless you book (and pay more) for a private tour.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 51 Tours in Bora Bora
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tahiti Helicopter Tours 15/05/2017
    • tahiti helicopter polynesia is closing totaly the helico business as of May 30th 06/05/2017
    Phone:
    +689 40 50 40 75
    Other:
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    Tahia Exquisite Tahitian Pearls -Bora Bora
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Erin D Says:

    One of the most romantic things you can do in Bora Bora is pick out Tahitian pearls and have them set. Tahia is located just across from the dock where cruise ships and hotels bring their passengers and sells the best quality pearls and modern settings at competitive prices. I recommend that you look at pearls from multiple stores to get an idea of what is available and to compare prices.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Be careful if you shop at other stores. Verify that the store is approved by the tourist board to be sure you aren't being sold inferior grade pearls, which may be confiscated.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 20 Shopping in Bora Bora
    • Excellent non-intrusive service! 20/09/2017
    • Gorgeous Pearls, Great Service 22/06/2017
    Address:
    Main place
    98723
    French Polynesia
    Phone:
    +689 550500
    Other:
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    Bora Bora Photo Lagoon
    Boat Tours, Photography Tours
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    Erin D Says:

    Why not combine the romance of Bora Bora with memories that will last a lifetime. Bora Bora Photo Lagoon takes you to some of the most romantic spots in the area and captures those moments for posterity. Forget the selfie sticks and the blurry underwater photos, let the professionals capture some timeless photos of you and your significant other in paradise.

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check the website for various packages and a comparison of what each includes. The Loveboat Honeymoon Special offers several different options.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 44 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Bora Bora
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Private sunset boat tour 30/07/2017
    • Unmatched 22/05/2017
    Phone:
    +689 87 77 10 96
    Other:
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    The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
    Hotels
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    Erin D Says:

    With over 100 years experience, St. Regis is synonymous with luxury, romance, and high-end service. The resort offers a butler service, which is a wonderful perk that can add some more romance to any Bora Bora vacation. The resort is located on a secluded spot of the lagoon, and features some of the largest over-water bungalows in the region. When it comes to dining options, it's no surprise that the hotel features one of the top restaurants in Bora Bora — be sure to make a reservation for dinner at the Lagoon Restaurant.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort website for special couples packages and other discounts available.
    • Each St. Regis hotel offers a different take on the Bloody Mary, so be sure to try the Bora Mary here.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • This palce is PARADISE 21/10/2017
    • Beautiful Hotel in an AMAZING location (long detailed review)! 20/10/2017
    • The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
    Address:
    Motu Ome'e
    98730
    French Polynesia
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    InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
    Hotels
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    Erin D Says:

    If you're looking for a resort that will offer some incredible spa time together for you and your significant other, book the InterContinental and check out the Deep Ocean Spa. Over 13,000 square feet, some of which are devoted to glass-floored over-water bungalows, where you can admire marine life during your spa session. The InterContinental Thalasso-Spa Bora Bora also features an over-water wedding chapel. If you want to renew your vows or plan a destination wedding, check out the intimate chapel that faces Mount Otemanu.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • InterContinental offer a special honeymoon registry on the website, which gives guests the option to contribute to the honeymoon rather than purchase a traditional gift.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
    • Couldn't Have Been Better 22/10/2017
    • Oh, my God! 22/10/2017
    • InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
    Phone:
    011 27 80 099 9523
    Other:
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    Conrad Bora Bora Nui
    Hotels
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    Erin D Says:

    Want to experience a private island picnic in Bora Bora? Book your stay at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort to enjoy lunch on Motu Tapu, where the Tahitian royal family once held their ritual ceremonies. It's one of the most photographed islands in the South Pacific and it's reserved for Hilton guests and invited guests only.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you're not staying at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, there are some tour companies that offer a brief stop on Motu Tapu.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gotta Be Best of Bora Bora! 21/10/2017
    • Incredibly beautiful... great service 21/10/2017
    • Conrad Bora Bora Nui
    Address:
    BP 502 Vaitape
    98730
    French Polynesia
    Phone:
    011 689 40 60 33 00
    Other:
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    Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
    Hotels
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    Erin D Says:

    Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora offers a number of romantic packages and amenities to lovebirds looking to holiday in Bora Bora. Book the Taurua romantic dinner package to experience a Polynesian-style dining experience made for two. Your evening starts with a private canoe ride from the shore to the Four Seasons' sunset motu, where you will have a private island dinner. You can start your morning off one day with breakfast on your bungalow terrace delivered by outrigger canoe. And, ask about the sunset lovers cruise that includes Champagne and honeymoon photos.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Romantic dinner packages need to be booked at least 48 hours in advance.
    • If the private island dinner experience is out of your budget, look at the other romantic dinner options the Four Seasons offers.
    • Check online for all-inclusive specials for the Four Seasons that will also include air fare.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Still amazing, but... 22/10/2017
    • awesome 22/10/2017
    • Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
    Address:
    Motu Tehotu BP 547
    98730
    French Polynesia
    Phone:
    011 689 40 60 31 30
    Other:
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    The Chef's Table by La Villa Mahana
    Restaurants (French)
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    Erin D Says:

    Tucked away in a beautiful Mediterranean-style house, the quiet ambiance and classic French tasting menu will certainly set the stage for romance in Bora Bora. La Villa Mahana offers five-course Epicurean Menus that feature classic French cuisine prepared with fresh Polynesian ingredients. Chef Damien Rinaldi-Dovio trained with Paul Bocuse in Paris and was the Executive Chef at L'Orangerie in Los Angeles. The villa once belonged to local artist Garrick Yrondi, and you'll see many of Yrondi's paintings still don the walls inside the restaurant.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • La Villa Mahana is closed on Sundays from July 1 to September 30.
    • Advance reservations are a necessity as the restaurant only has about seven tables.
    • Be sure to order the specialized wine pairing experience.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 47 restaurants in Bora Bora
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • yummy & pricey 19/10/2017
    • Best Restaurant in Bora Bora 19/10/2017
    • The Chef's Table by La Villa Mahana
    Address:
    B.P. 941 Amanahune
    Vaitape
    98730
    French Polynesia
    Phone:
    +689 40 67 50 63
    Price range:
    US$94 - US$94
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 - 15:00
    Other:
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    La Plage Tours
    Private Tours, Boat Hire, Boat Tours
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    Erin D Says:

    If you want to explore Bora Bora's pristine lagoon on your own, consider renting a boat from La Plage Private Tours. Choose from trimarans, speed boats, pontoon boats, or a fun 13-foot Quintrex that is ideal for two adults. If you don't have a boat license, you can only rent boats that are smaller than 6hp. Bora Bora has a fragile ecosystem and it's critical you obey the laws set forth, like no anchoring on coral, no littering, and don't try to touch the coral and marine life.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Keep an eye on your personal belongings if you stop to do any snorkeling and leave the boat unattended.
    • If you're renting a boat that requires proof of boat license, bring original documentation.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 44 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Bora Bora
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth every cent 11/10/2017
    • Fabulous day! 01/10/2017
    • La Plage Tours
    Address:
    Sofitel Beach Resort
    Matira
    98730
    French Polynesia
    Phone:
    +689 87 28 48 66
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges
    Restaurants (Seafood, European, Polynesian, French, Contemporary, Fusion)
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    Erin D Says:

    No matter what romantic resort you book in Bora Bora, be sure to make a reservation for dinner at Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges. Located at the St. Regis Bora Bora, Lagoon is set over the water, offering stunning views of Mount Otemanu. Jean-Georges is one of the world's most famous French chefs and was born and raised on the outskirts of Strasbourg, in the Alsace region of France. He's opened a number of restaurants around the globe, appeared on countless television shows, and authored several cookbooks as well. His work in Asia has greatly influenced his cuisine, and those who love Asian food will definitely enjoy chef Jean-George's menu at Lagoon Restaurant.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • If you are visiting Bora Bora during high season, book your table well in advance.
    • The restaurant is closed on Wednesday and Saturday.
    • Lagoon Restaurant opens at 5pm for drinks and dinner. Make a later reservation and come early to enjoy a cocktail and sunset (on a clear evening).
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 47 restaurants in Bora Bora
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful restaurant 21/10/2017
    • Great dining experience 12/10/2017
    • Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges
    Address:
    The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
    98730
    French Polynesia
    Phone:
    +689 40 60 78 88
    Price range:
    US$80 - US$100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    17:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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