White sandy beaches, sea in every shade of blue imaginable, overwater villas and coconut palms swaying in the breeze – for many, Bora Bora is the epitome of a perfect tropical getaway.

The island of Bora Bora is part of French Polynesia‘s Society Islands. It sits north west of Tahiti and can be reached in under an hour by plane – the flight is an experience in itself. The accommodation in Bora Bora is every bit as breathtaking as you would expect. Overwater villas are a popular choice, from where guests can sit and watch the sun rise and set over the South Pacific and dive straight into the vast ocean which stretches as far as the eye can see.

This volcanic island is set on a lagoon and is surrounded by coral reefs. The sparkling waters are rich in marine life and visitors can explore this vibrant underwater world by snorkelling and diving amongst schools of tropical fish, turtles and rays.

There is something to suit everyone, from experienced divers who wish to travel far out into the ocean, to those who simply like to paddle in the clear waters. The island itself is dominated by Mount Otemanu and the twin-peaked Mount Pahia. While it is tempting not to stray too far from your resort, this lush, green interior is ripe fo exploring and you can experience it on a jeep safari or on foot on a guided hike, which is a great way to discover the flora and fauna. You can also take a boat trip out to explore the surrounding islets.

What to do

  • Relax on white sandy beaches
  • Explore the island's lush interior by 4x4
  • Cruise through the sparkling waters of the lagoon
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Swimming, snorkelling and jet skiing