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By Jim Harlan

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Tahiti: Bora Bora

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Features: The jewel of the South Pacific, Bora Bora is the most famous island in Polynesia.

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This tiny idyllic island offers the finest lagoons and beaches in all of the Society Islands. Bora Bora’s Mt. Otemanu rises sharply out of a sparkling turquoise lagoon. World class resorts are well separated and offer some the finest accommodations in these islands. The massive lagoon is teeming with countless brightly colored fish, playful dolphin and leaping manta rays. To paddle a canoe in Bora Bora is easily one of the most memorable experiences you can have.


Sofitel Motu Resort

Sofitel Motu sits on the south coast of Bora Bora along a coral garden. Situated on its own private Motu, each of the hotel’s 30 bungalows has a breathtaking view of Bora Bora and its famous lagoon. Fine dining is available at the restaurant “Manu Tuki”. The resort has a terrace bar, snorkeling, water sports, and also offers use of all facilities at Sofitel Marara. The Restaurant overlooks the lagoon facing the main Island and offers French and Polynesian cuisine, grill. All rooms have air conditioning, in-room coffee & tea maker, mini bar and hair dryer.

Sofitel Coralia Marara

Located at Pt. Matira, the Sofitel’s 65 thatched roof bungalows are next to the finest beach on Bora Bora. Originally built by the film-maker Dino de Laurentis, the Sofitel Marara is a popular choice for those seeking a casual Polynesian atmosphere. The Sofitel has a swimming pool, provides daily entertainment, and offers all water activities.

Le Maitai Polynesia

This lovely resort is set at the foot of a mountain in a gorgeous garden in a beautiful lagoon. Le Maitai offers 10 overwater bungalows, 7 beach bungalows, 10 garden suite bungalows and 28 air conditioned rooms. The garden suite bungalows feature a fully equipped kitchen, and the overwater bungalows have glass tables allowing you to view the colorful lagoon. This is a good choice for budget minded travelers.

The Hotel Matira

A small, intimate hotel with fewer than 20 beachfront and garden bungalows, the Hotel Matira enjoys an excellent location on a beautiful expansive beach. The natural wood bungalows are simple yet elegant in their design. All varieties of lagoon and land excursions are available through the hotel desk.

Le Meridien

Castaway on a remote point of a motu in Bora Bora’s famous lagoon, Le Meridien blends French chic with traditional Tahitian style. 15 beach front and 85 overwater bungalows with glass lagoon-viewing floor areas, a restaurant designed like a Tahitian village, a beachside pool, and a host of island activities make this remote resort a Polynesian paradise.

Bora Bora Lagoon Resort

Set on a tiny “Motu” in the center of Bora Bora’s beautiful cobalt lagoon, this resort offers 80 overwater, beachfront and garden bungalows. This elegant resort commands breathtaking views of Mt. Otemanu. All rooms feature king size beds, sitting areas, air conditioning, and satellite TVs. Some of the suites have a see-through coffee table enabling you to view colorful tropical fish in the lagoon below. The hotel has a swimming pool and tennis courts and offers a wide variety of water activities.

Hotel Bora Bora

The ultimate in island elegance, the Hotel Bora Bora is consistently rated as one of the world’s top hotels. Perfectly set on a fabulous beach, the Hotel Bora Bora offers 54 bungalows and villas in an unmatched tropical setting. The overwater bungalows here are truly special, allowing you to snorkel with manta rays just off your private balcony. The hotel has a swimming pool and tennis courts and offers all water activities.

Club Med Bora Bora

For those seeking an all inclusive South Pacific holiday, Club Med is an excellent choice. 78 air conditioned beachfront bungalows and 72 ocean lodges are set on the hillside overlooking the spectacular lagoon. Club Med utilizes a private island just offshore for beach activities. As always, all activities are included at Club Med.


Shark Feeding

No visit to Bora Bora is complete without this exhilarating and unforgettable experience. You will be taken to the outer reef and slip into the water (with your snorkeling gear on) and watch Tahitian divers hand feed reef sharks right before your eyes.

Helicopter Sightseeing

Fly over Bora Bora’s multi-colored lagoon and lush interior to get a closer look at Mt. Otemanu, which no one has ever been able to climb. Few adjectives can describe the beauty of Bora Bora seen from the air.

Jeep Safari

Travel off the beaten track on this four wheel drive adventure. Climb to impressive heights and discover sacred sites in Bora Bora’s seldom seen interior.

Catamaran Charter

Set sail for a relaxing afternoon aboard the deluxe 50 ft. Tara Vana or escape for two days giving yourself over to the trade winds in search of the perfect motu.

Circle the Island Tour

Board a motorized outrigger canoe to view Bora Bora at its best. This lagoon excursion provides incredible views and stops at perfect motu beaches. Snorkeling stops will be made throughout the day.

Scuba Diving

As in the rest of the Society Islands, scuba diving in Bora Bora is excellent. Predominantly hard coral gardens are often full of schooling butterfly fish as well as other exotic tropicals. The underwater visibility in Bora Bora is exceptional year round. There are excellent opportunities to dive with manta rays, dolphins and reef sharks.

The above is an example of Lodging and Activities. Uncommon Adventures specializes in custom itineraries to suit your specific desires and needs as well. Please feel free to consult us to design an adventure of your own.

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Photography courtesy of Randy Harwood Photography.