Travelers looking to enjoy the clear water, tropical wildernesses and pristine beaches of the South Pacific should consider visiting Bora Bora in French Polynesia. This island offers some of the Pacific’s most beautiful natural landscapes, ocean views and cozy local villages. When you arrive at this small island just northwest of Tahiti, these are the three best places to visit in Bora Bora:
You won't find a better beach on the entire island than Matira Beach. With pearly white sand, palm trees and a breathtaking lagoon, the site could easily grace a postcard or travel magazine cover. Here, you can kick back and relax while soaking up some sun. One way to visit Matira Beach is by climbing the picturesque Pahonu Hill, which allows for photo opportunities of the surrounding tropical landscapes, harbor and beaches below. You can even book a 4WD excursion for an off-road adventure through the lush forests and sandy roads surrounding Pahonu Hill and other nearby attractions.
Bloody Mary's Restaurant and Bar
The perfect Bora Bora dining location awaits at Bloody Mary's Restaurant and Bar. One of the island's most popular attractions, Bloody Mary's is a favorite of both tourists and local residents. The interior is decorated in Bora Bora's signature tropical style, with coconut stumps to sit on while you dine and a sugar sand floor for you to dig your toes into. There's also the endless list of delicious dishes and desserts. Whether want to try the freshest catches of the day, like crab and shrimp, or just want a juicy cheeseburger, Bloody Mary's Restaurant and Bar has what you're looking for.
Lagoon excursions and aquatic adventures
If you're tired of spending all your time on land, consider signing up for any of the amazing opportunities to explore Bora Bora’s surrounding waters. For instance, you can book a lagoon excursion that will take you to the country's beautiful watery retreats, where you can see the explosively colorful coral reefs and immense numbers of tropical fish. You even have the option of exploring the lagoon via glass-bottom boat or submarine.
And for those looking to inject a little more play into their seafaring excursions, there's always an array of aquatic adventures to be had with Princess Cruises. Between scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming, these water activities are great ways to cool off while floating among Bora Bora's beautiful population of fish. You may also want to seize the opportunity to don an "Aquatic Helmet," which allows you to gain a clear, firsthand look at the underwater scenery. If you're ready to embark on a South Pacific cruise vacation of a lifetime, book a trip to experience the beauty and thrills of Bora Bora and French Polynesia.