They call Bora Bora the Jewel of the South Seas, and it’s easy to see why. This isle is the embodiment of a tropical paradise. Nestled amidst the shimmering turquoise waters of the South Pacific, it attracts travellers from all around the globe with its blend of high luxury and breathtaking natural beauty.
It’s a place where you’ll laze beside glinting coral gardens under the gnarled outline of jungle-covered peaks, where you’ll sail from white-sand beach to white-sand beach, and where you’ll sample the castaway vibes of one of the world’s most fabled Polynesian escapes.
The island is encased by a luminous lagoon and a protective barrier reef. On the inside of that, the waters are a mesmerising hue of sky blue that beckons divers and snorkellers with visibility that can easily push past 30 metres.
Some of the most alluring luxury villa rentals in Bora Bora stand right on top of the water. These are the iconic overwater bungalows, where you’ll wake to the sound of the lapping ocean and swim with the sea turtles before breakfast is served.
But even if you don’t go for one of those, there are umpteen chances to explore the ocean in these parts. Charter a yacht and sail up to Tupai, where you can dive with humpback whales between August and November each year. Or there’s the ocean drop-off at Tupitipiti, a hotspot for shark dives and encounters with green turtles. Snorkelling, meanwhile, can be done right off the side of the atoll. Just pull on the goggles and paddle into a world of pink corals and parrotfish.
All of that swirls under the ever-watchful gaze of Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora’s iconic volcanic peak. It’s a twisted spire of a summit that looks like something out of Treasure Island. Hiking adventures up there will whisk you through emerald jungles scented with wild vanilla and pockmarked by strange uru trees until you’re rewarded with spectacular views at the top.
More than anything, visitors will find plenty of opulence in the luxury villas that pepper the coral cays and various arms of the island. From exclusive spa treatments to gourmet dining experiences on the sand, the offerings here are as endless as the ocean views.
Our luxury villa rentals in Bora Bora channel all that but come with added privacy and extra frills – think full-sized tennis courts, private runs of pure white beachfront for just you and your travel companions, on-site gyms, and butler services.
But it’s not just a destination for opulence and adventure; Bora Bora also offers a profound cultural experience. The warmth of the Polynesian people, their traditional music, dance, and art add an enriching layer to the region’s physical beauty. Prepare to be enchanted.
- Incredible Mount Otemanu
- Stunning Matira Beach
- The shimmering turquoise waters of the Bora Bora Lagoon
- Wander along power-soft white sands
- Go diving with sharks
- Watch traditional Polynesian art and dance displays