Unquestionably one of the most beautiful places on the planet, Bora Bora is a 11.31 square mile South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. It is surrounded by sand-fringed motus, or islets, and a turquoise colored lagoon protected by a coral reef that is internationally famous for its SCUBA diving. Make no mistake, this is paradise!
Bora Bora has a variety of five-star resorts that are among the most photographed in the world because of the unique over water design. Privacy plays a key role in Bora Bora and it’s mostly a place for couples, not families with small kids. This is romance at its finest, and the backdrop is the 2385 foot tall dormant volcano called Mt. Otemanu.
Aside from total relaxation, most activities center around water sports in the warm water. The tropical sea can reach 86 degree Fahrenheit which makes it perfect for most swimmers and the water is among the clearest in the world.
There are several companies that offer various activities and we have made a list in case you want to plan a trip to this amazing destination:
- Moana Adventure Tours - This is the most experienced tour operator of Bora Bora and was established in 1969. They offer both private excursions and shared tours, and specialize in snorkeling, personal watercraft rides, fishing and sightseeing.
- Bora Bora Romantic Tour - This company offers romantic getaways in the Pearl of the Pacific and offers custom tours for guests who want VIP treatment.
- Shark & Ray Snorkel Safari - This is one of the most unique experiences offered in Bora Bora. Shark and ray feeding is generally done in shallow waters inside the lagoon and typically 10-20 sharks, as well as 10-15 rays, will approach the boat and swim with the group.
- Windward Islands Yacht Charter - As one of the world’s largest yacht charter companies, Windward can take care of all charter requirements, from bareboat to luxury yacht in French Polynesia.
- TopDive SCUBA - This company offers SCUBA diving excursions and training around the island.
- Nemo World SCUBA - This is a competitor to TopDive and offers essentially the same services.
- Aquasafari - If you aren’t certified to dive, but still want to enjoy the underwater scenery, this is an option. This service offers customers the ability to dive while connected to an air line that runs to the boat. Essentially, you do not actually need to know how to swim in order to wear the breathing undersea apparatus and enjoy the local habitat.
The climate in Bora Bora is considered to be tropical and can be divided into two seasons: the wet season and the dry season. The wet season (Polynesian summers) runs from November until April and the storms during these months are frequent and unpredictable. The rainfall is about 71 inches per year!
In the dry season, which runs from May to October, the weather is usually around 86 fahrenheit and this is when tourism is at its peak on the Island. The best time weather wise, with the least risk of storms, are the winter months (May through October). The very best part about the weather in Bora Bora is that the water temperature hovers in the mid-80s all year around!