Bora Bora is a small South Pacific Island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. The island of Tahiti was colonised by the French. The main language spoken on the island is French but the island native people have their own dialect. There is a large number of French population living there. The island Bora Bora, surrounded by sand-fringed motus (islets) and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef, it is known for its scuba diving. It is also a popular luxury resort destination where some guest bungalows are perched over the water on stilts. At the island’s centre rises Mt. Otemanu, a 727m dormant volcano.
The commune of Bora Bora is made of the island of Bora Bora proper with its surrounding islets emerging from the coral reef.
Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful, expensive and exotic holiday destinations in the world. It is the place where Sun, Sand and Sea that visitors come to enjoy. Bora Bora is the largest tourist draw in all of Tahiti and it is beautiful with luxurious accommodations that are perched over water on stilts.
I had heard and seen on TV travel shows, read on travel brochures and word of mouth that Bora Bora has some of the most gorgeous beaches in all of Tahiti. I planned to go out and check out this island myself. I was curious to see for myself what was ahead of me to discover.
From the first minute when I arrived in Bora Bora, I knew why, this island is loved by so many. Without a doubt, the moment I set foot on this tiny beautiful island paradise, it was certainly one of the highlight of my journey already and I just love this place. To have a taste of Bora Bora, which was still unbelievable to me, I just indulge myself in this paradise haven island. Though it was expensive but this was my dream to come and visit this paradise island. Yes, it was time to tick it off my bucket-list. Falling in love for this beautiful island is so easy in Bora Bora. The people are so friendly, the beaches are crystal clear with shiny white sands and being on island time – taking things at my own pace means rushing has no value in this part of the world. I just felt in love with this place.
4x4 Jeep Ride
Even though, Bora Bora is a tiny island, there is not shortage of things to do on the island. After few days of relaxing in this beautiful crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches – fulfilling my island dream holiday, it was time to take a rough ride on a 4×4 jeep tour. Having not done any jeep ride tour before, the experience of jeep trekking was intriguing and couldn’t wait to experience it. I thought to myself, this was going to be a fun way to see the island. I signed up for this tour at the resort that was not located on the main island. I took a shuttle from the resort to the main island where I meet my tour guide. There were 10 of us on the tour with 3 guides. Our guide was a local person who has never moved out of the island and spent most of his entire life on the island. He was very informative, funny and had a great sense of humour. He was very knowledgeable about not only Bora Bora but also the surrounding islands and the history of the colonisation. He was very passionate about sharing his ideas, knowledge and caring about the island.
As we headed along the waterfront on the jeep, with lush and unpopulated coastlines with crystal clear waves bumping against the sands on the shore, we then turned inwards up the hill within less than a kilometre of driving. Yes, hold on tight because the hills that we climbed were very steep, rugged, rough, bumpy and only one haha concrete path. The views leading up to the hilltop were spellbinding. With views of lush green shorelines and crystal clear brilliant blue sea as far as the eye could see, it was just amazing and mesmerising. The white sandy beaches and luxurious resorts that are perched over waters on stilts can be seen in all directions from the hill-top creates a sense of dream island. The views were absolutely breathtaking and this is what I came to see and expect on this jeep trekking on the island. What a great way to see the island and it was so much fun. I felt like I saw the entirety of Bora Bora. Yes, we had plenty of stops for pictures and it was definitely worth the time and money.
This tour was truly an experience of a life-time that lead us to some of the stunning views of the island and from that time on, my camera never stopped clicking. I certainly recommend this tour and then spend some time on the island afterwards, especially if your staying at a resort which is not located on the main island.
Where to stay?
There are various types of accommodations in the area to suit all budget. Most of the accommodations that are perched over waters are very expensive but they are absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend it and experience real Bora Bora.
Though, this island of Bora Bora is relatively small but it is an activity giant destination as well. It offers visitors to experience sunbathe and swim at white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, dive in a natural underwater among fish and corals, experience thrilling shark feedings and 4×4 safari or simply circle the turquoise lagoon by boat. Also, Bora Bora is a superlative romantic spot. Many come to fall captive to this lush gem of Polynesian island by sharing an intimate midnight dinner on the beach, visiting the Lagoonarium, the Diving Centre, the Coral Gardens or the Leopard Rays Trench or taking it all in from the lofty heights of 2,300 foot Mount Otemanu.
Exploring the area
It is entirely possible to get around and visit many attractions and places in this area with the help of public transport. However, it is easier to hire a car and do a self-drive around the island and explore the area on your own time but my recommendation is to go on a tour. Most tours have knowledge of the area and are very passionate about sharing their knowledge to the people. Driving in this area is straightforward and most locals are vary of tourists. When visiting new areas, be aware of no-drive zones and one-way streets. Sometimes, you will save yourself a few headaches when it comes to parking or driving around places to locate the area, it is best to go on a tour and get away with less stress.