Reviews: Bora Bora

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Four Seasons Bora Bora

Heaven.  Bora Bora just has to be God’s version of Heaven on Earth.  

I can sit here and try to describe the insane beauty of this place all day, but the truth is, there really is no way to adequately describe the beauty of Bora Bora.  No matter how many days you stay you never get used the breathtaking scenery!  We’d heard mixed things about the island- people loved it and it was the most relaxing trip ever, or it was boring and the food was sub-par. After planning a wedding in 5.5 months and traveling non-stop, boring sounded pretty fantastic!  

Turns out our trip was anything but boring!  We spent the first few days of our vacation doing nothing outside of eating, reading books on the beach, occasionally sitting in the water while reading, and then eating some more.  Okay, you caught me.  We may have had cutesie little umbrella drinks in our hands during each of those activities.  It was our honeymoon so maybe we had a few other extra-curricular activities included as well! Haha!

By day four we were ready to take advantage of all the amazing things the Four Seasons has to offer outside of the killer breakfast buffet and amazing restaurants.  Our first outing, and one you MUST do if visiting, is take a jet ski tour of the island.  The island is small so this doesn’t take long, but wow, it’s one of the most stunning and peaceful, yet thrilling, things we have done.  It’s truly the best way to see Mount Otemanu and the entire lagoon. 

Other highlights of this incredible property are the tennis courts, gym, pool, and all of the water sport options.  You can grab a kayak, paddle board, or snorkel at any point of your day, then go for a quick dip or paddle in the private lagoon that extends onto the property.  The gym is on the small side but very well equipped and looks out onto the Pacific.  There is also a nice walking trail along the water.

The spa.  Oh man, the spa!  We did a couple’s massage followed by a coconut milk bath. Views for days.  The views from this room were simply stunning with a direct view of Mount Otemanu in all its glory.  My favorite part of the massage was looking down through the glass in the floor where we could see the fish below us.  Who knew that could take your relaxation up another level?

The Four Season’s concierge was incredible and set up two other trips we did around the lagoon, both of which were memorable.   For one excursion, we snorkeled along the reefs and  swam with stingrays.  My nutso new groom swam with sharks just outside of the lagoon.  He saw mainly black tip sharks, but was lucky and laid eyes on a lemon shark as well.  I was more than happy to enjoy my view of my sexy man and the not-so-sexy sharks from the boat – umbrella drink in hand.  That’s a little more my speed. Adding to the experience was our boat captain. He was a local and would play the ukulele and sing while we boated from one location to the next.  He also prepared us a spread of fresh coconut and an assortment of freshly made muffins.  Can’t lose with a local musician and some yummy food!

We brought our trip to a close in style, taking a sunset boat cruise to town for drinks and dinner before returning to the resort.  It was gorgeous, romantic, and delicious.  Amazing on every level.  There’s not a whole lot more description needed for our last jaunt while on our honeymoon.

We truly had the best time and cannot wait to return.  The staff, the food, the activities were absolutely top notch and nothing about our trip was boring.  We found plenty of things to do, loved the food, and enjoyed the relaxation!  

Where to stay in Bora Bora

  • Four Seasons
  • St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
  • Conrad Bora Bora Nui
  • Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach
  • Intercontinental le Moana Bora Bora
  • Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
  • Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
  • Le Meridian Bora Bora
  • Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora

Top 10 things to do in Bora Bora

  1. Take a jet ski tour around Mount Otemanu
  2. Paddle board from your bungalow to breakfast
  3. Snorkel in the lagoon (Four Seasons has a spectacular lagoon on their property)
  4. Swim with the black tip sharks & sting rays
  5. Book a sunset cruise 
  6. Grab drinks or dinner at Bloody Mary’s 
  7. Watch a traditional Polynesian show
  8. Have a romantic dinner at Arii Manu-order the tasting menu and wine pairings
  9. Take a quad tour around the island

How we did Bora Bora

LAX-PPT (8 hour flight)
Air Tahiti Nui
*You can also take Air France, from LAX to PPT.  Note if you book via Delta or American, you will still be flying on an Air Tahiti Nui plane, but you will be able to utilize your mileage.

Each airline only flies to PPT certain days of the week so your airline choice may end up being dictated by the dates of your trip.

PPT-BOB (45 minutes)
Air Tahiti
*This is the only airline that flies to Bora Bora

*Be sure your suitcases are not over 50lbs each. They have very strict weight requirements and you will have to have your bags sent on another flight if they are over the weight allotted to each passenger. 

Four Seasons (or hotel you are staying at) will meet you at the airport. They will then load your luggage onto a boat taxi to your hotel.  You will be with other families and couples also heading to your resort.  Each resort has their own water taxi.  

The hotel concierge will be your best friend when planning excursions.  They set up all excursions with trusted companies they work with, and they can guarantee you the best rates.

Excursions planned via Four Seasons Concierge:

  • Jet ski tour
  • Swimming with Sharks
  • Sunset Boat cruise to the main island
  • Dinner reservations at Restaurant St. James & Bloody Mary’s

Water sports via Four Seasons:

  • Jet skis
  • Kayak
  • Paddle Boards
  • Snorkeling 

Due to flights leaving from the island, and flights leaving to our next destination we had a 24 hour layover in Tahiti.  

We stayed at the Intercontinental Tahiti.  I will be honest, after leaving Bora Bora, it does not seem as lush or luxurious as Bora Bora, but it is still beautiful!  The hotel is in the process of renovating.  If you book a room, make sure you ask if you’re booking a renovated room as they are far and away nicer.  If you want to spend a few days in Tahiti, Intercontinental also has over water bungalows.  

We left PPT on Air New Zealand and flew directly to Auckland, but that is for another post.  Make sure when booking your flights you add in your mileage account numbers.  We booked Air NZ via United so we were able to accrue miles for our trip!