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Bora Bora: Beauty, Bliss, Beaches and Bungalows

Bora Bora: Beauty, Bliss, Beaches and Bungalows

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One of the best places to stay during your time in Tahiti is Bora Bora. With so many breathtakingly beautiful spots to see around the island and a raft of activities to do during your holiday, there is something on Bora Bora for everyone. 

Here are the four B's that come to mind when thinking about this piece of Pacific paradise, complete with the must-see attractions associated with each. 


Tahiti Travel reported that Bora Bora, when seen from the air, is compared to "a tiny emerald in a setting of turquoise, encircled by a sheltering necklace of sparkling pearls". Indeed, the picture-perfect views on this French Polynesian island resemble a postcard springing to life. Ocean waters here are so blue they would put even the most sparkling sapphires to shame, and palm trees frame the shores like long eyelashes on a beautiful face. 
Mount Otemanu is one of the highlights, standing tall and proud at 727 metres, an unmissable feature along the skyline of this island. One TripAdvisor reviewer described Mount Otemanu as "very rugged, looks like a broken tooth, beautiful part of the scenery of this paradise", drawing attention to the universal beauty of the jagged outlined shape of the mountain. Of course, no matter where you go, the light-blue lagoon and green leafy vistas that trademark Bora Bora's beauty are never too far from your eyes as it can take only an hour to circle around the island by car. 

Glass-bottom boat tours are sure to delight the kids, sailing out over the crystal clear waters as you 'walk on water' by looking down towards the pretty coral reef formations and wide variety of schools of fish swim by. 
For those of you who want to get up close and personal, there are many aquabike and submarine scooter tours available to immerse yourselves underwater with protective air bubbles as you admire the marine life right at eye level with these creatures. Vibrant, patterned fish in canary yellow and cobalt blue stripes swim alongside graceful manta and eagle rays, while anemone fish and moray eels dart in and out of view. It's a surreal yet blissful experience.

Matira Beach is widely renowned as one of the idyllic beaches for experiencing 'authentic' Bora Bora, as many native Polynesians head here. Many other beaches are connected to resorts and frequented by tourists, so if you crave playing beach soccer with the locals or getting to know what everyday life is like here for the people of Bora Bora, Matira Beach is the place to be. Sunset aficionados will also be happy to hear that this beach is considered one of the best places to see the sun dip below the horizon in Bora Bora, as there are no land mass obstructions blocking the view as the sunshine ebbs in twilight shades of orange, scarlet and violet.
You can also swim out towards Matira Point, the tip of the island that elongates out towards the ocean similar to a peninsula. The views looking back towards the main white strip of the beaches from here is divine. Manta rays also frequently swim near Matira Point, making it a special snorkelling spot. Sands here are white, soft and powdery, never too far from lush forests full of blooming hibiscus flowers, combining beaches with natural flora and fauna at a stone's throw distance. 


With charming bungalows built directly over the blue ocean waters, you will literally be living as one with marine life. Simply step out onto your wooden deck, dive into the warm waters below and snorkel or swim with the some of the most mesmerising colours of fish species on the planet. Many resorts here offer accommodation options in such bungalows, with some rooms having glass-bottom floors so you can gaze upon the undersea life no matter the time. 

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