There’s little wonder why Bora Bora is one of the most popular beach honeymoon destinations in the world. Featuring a coral reef and a lagoon that comes in varying shades of blue, this pint-sized island in French Polynesia is the perfect setting for a far-flung escape with your new spouse. Set down your suitcases in a vacation rental that overlooks the ocean or is perched right over the water, then spend your honeymoon just lounging on the beautiful beaches or keeping busy with various excursions and water sports. Below are some great tips for planning an unforgettable Bora Bora honeymoon.
Where to stay in Bora Bora
Any sort of trip to Bora Bora is all about the water, and this is obvious even in the array of vacation rentals all around the island’s blue lagoon. You can opt to stay in an airy overwater bungalow that stands on stilts in the sparkling sapphire waters. These bungalows feature air-conditioning and fully equipped kitchens, and they might come with enticing extras such as kayaks, bicycles, paddle boards, and snorkeling gear. Alternatively, you can book a beachfront villa or cottage, which lets you enjoy the golden sands as soon as you step out the door, or simply take in the sun-kissed scenery while relaxing on the shaded porch. It’s worth noting that Bora Bora beach getaways call for quite a hefty budget, and summer rentals right on the water typically come with steep price tags. If you want to save on lodging, consider bedding down in a vacation home rental that’s a little further from the shores. It’ll be more low-key compared with the luxurious overwater bungalows, but you’ll still have all the home comforts you’ll need, along with great ocean views or quick access to the lagoon. No matter what kind of vacation home rental you choose, you can get a taste of domestic bliss and bond with your new spouse while making your meals in your vacation home’s kitchen.
What to do on your Bora Bora honeymoon
Bora Bora might be a small island, but that doesn’t mean there’s not much to do here besides beach-bumming. On the contrary, you’ll have lots of outdoor pursuits to choose from, both in and out of the water. The Bora Bora Lagoonarium and the Coral Gardens reef are excellent locations for snorkeling, as is popular Matira Beach, the island’s largest public beach, along which you’ll find many shops and restaurants. Other water sports you can try include kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and jet skiing. Meanwhile, boat tours of all kinds can be arranged, such as trips to meet and feed stingrays and sharks—don’t worry, you won’t be the snack. To appreciate the ocean scenery from a different perspective, you and your new spouse can go parasailing, or go for a helicopter or hot-air balloon ride over a few of the South Pacific islands. Back on land, sign up for 4x4 island tours, followed by some serious pampering in one of the island’s many spas. You can also explore Vaitape, the largest city in Bora Bora, and scour the shops for souvenirs and beautiful black pearls; try to come on a Sunday morning, when there’s a large number of food stalls. At the end of an action-packed day, find a spot to spread a picnic blanket, and wind down with a bottle of wine as you gaze at the starry skies with your sweetheart.
When to go to Bora Bora for your honeymoon
With average temperatures that range from the mid-70s to the upper 80s throughout the year, Bora Bora is pretty much a pleasant destination year-round, but it does have a wet season, too. Not surprisingly, the arrival of tourists is at its highest in the summer months of June to August, when European travelers, in particular, descend upon this remote beach destination. If you don’t want to share the island with too many people—or if you don’t want to pay for premium prices on accommodations and activities—try to schedule your honeymoon in May or October, the shoulder months bookending the peak travel season. You might want to steer clear of the wet season, which lasts from November to April. Although there are plenty of bargains to be had during this low travel period, and you still might get clear, sunny days, there’s a good chance that mosquitoes, humidity, and frequent rainfall will put a damper on your Bora Bora honeymoon.