So, you’ve found the love of your life and pledged to stay together for eternity at the wedding ceremony of your dreams. That joy deserves to be continued on a honeymoon you’ll never forget. And one place worthy of such happiness is Bora Bora, a small island part of the French Polynesian archipelago in the South Pacific. By Stacey Leasca
You’ve likely heard of the island thanks to its plentiful luxury resorts and otherworldly beauty. But there’s more to this place than meets the eye. Here’s how to plan the perfect Bora Bora honeymoon.
Why should you go to Bora Bora on your honeymoon?
You won’t need a lot of convincing to make Bora Bora your honeymoon destination once you take a look at it. The island is a pure paradise, surrounded by warm, azure waters that beckon for a swim no matter the season. Its landscape is lush, its food divine, and its hotels are world-class. But above all, it’s as secluded a destination as they come, making you feel like you’re the only two for miles around (even if there are guests in the overwater bungalow next door).
How much does it cost to have a Bora Bora honeymoon?
We won’t sugarcoat it: A Bora Bora honeymoon can cost a pretty penny. In fact, HoneymoonGoals.com puts the average honeymoon in Bora Bora between USD 5,800 (INR 4,80,025) to USD 7,000 (INR 5,79,341), depending on the length of stay, hotel you choose, and the activities booked. It also depends on where you’re flying in from and which class of airline service you select. There are ways to save, but it’s important to be prepared to save up beforehand or ready to splurge if you’re short on time.
What is the cheapest time to go to Bora Bora?
The high season for Bora Bora tends to fall between May to October. That’s when it’s least likely to rain or be overcast, according to Weather Spark, making it a rather popular time for visitors. However, if you’re looking to save a little on your holiday, it’s best to avoid this period, as demand is high and hotel supply is low. Instead, consider the shoulder seasons in March, April, and November. Yes, the weather can be a bit fickle when it comes to clouds and rain, but the temperatures remain about the same (the island typically never falls below an average of 83 degrees Fahrenheit all year long). The crowds will be thinner, making it both easier to snag a reservation and a lower hotel rate.
What is the best time for a Bora Bora honeymoon?
This one is up to you. Again, the weather is almost guaranteed to be perfect during the summer, but it also means more tourists. And if your wedding falls over the winter, you’ll have to wait several months to go on a honeymoon. Instead, think of it this way: The best time to take a Bora Bora honeymoon is whenever you want. Pick the time that fits both your schedule and your financial budget, and enjoy the warm weather all year long.
What are the best things do in Bora Bora on a honeymoon?
If, for some reason, you feel like you need to leave the comfort of your overwater bungalow or beachside villa, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do with the love of your life on and around Bora Bora.
Swim With Local Wildlife
The waters surrounding Bora Bora are full of aquatic life, from blacktip reef sharks to sea turtles to colourful fish. And there are plenty of outfitters willing to take you sailing or motoring through the lagoon, like Moana Adventure Tours, which offers private or group snorkeling safaris, and Lagoon Service Bora Bora, which also provides group and private excursions, including half- and full-day trips, sunset tours, and even stargazing outings after dark.
See the Island From the Air
See the island in all its glory via a helicopter or seaplane adventure. Companies like Tahiti Nui Helicopters take guests on 30-minute flights to admire the land from a few thousand feet, where you can also search for massive rays seemingly flying through the gin-clear waters. Want to land directly on the water? Try a seaplane outing with Tahiti Air Charter instead.
Hike Its Highest Peaks
Bora Bora was formed by a now-extinct volcano, giving it plenty of craggy cliffs and hillsides to roam. Those looking to work up a sweat together can hike its two tallest peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu. Both trails will take six to eight hours to complete, making it a full-day adventure. And no matter which you choose, expect stellar views for miles at the top. Looking for something shorter? Check out all the available spots on AllTrails.
Dig Into Your Hotel’s Offerings
The resorts in Bora Bora are world-class, meaning they come with distinct and special offerings. Check in with your concierge to discover what’s on the menu — from couples massages to private island dinners — to fulfill your every honeymoon fantasy.
Where are the best places to stay in Bora Bora on a honeymoon?
Bora Bora is home to plenty of fantastic places to stay, each offering picture-perfect views and high-end amenities. Here’s a small sampling of what you can find on the island.
Bora Bora One
Seeking an ultra-personalized stay? Check into Bora Bora One, a vast estate offering space for just 10 guests across five suites. The property comes with more than seven acres to explore, along with a private beach, so you can focus on your newly betrothed and no one else.
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is consistently ranked among the best hotels in the South Pacific, and for good reason. The property offers outstanding service and the chance to stay in the largest overwater bungalows in the South Pacific, with the smallest clocking in at 1,550 square feet.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Find classic elegance at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. Guests here can expect all the usual goodies, including overwater and beach bungalows, but you can make it an even more special experience by booking one of the Beachfront Villa Estates, which offer infinity-edge pools stretching over the crystalline waters, private gardens, and Mount Otemanu views in the distance.
Bora Bora Vacation Homes
Though the island is filled with hotels, there are also vacation homes for those looking to either spend an extended amount of time in Bora Bora or try and save a bit on accommodations. Check out options like this three-bedroom villa with a private pool or this guest house for two with panoramic water views.
What is the best way to reach Bora Bora?
Getting to Bora Bora is fairly straightforward. Those travelling from the USA can fly into Faa’a International Airport in Tahiti. From there, travellers will make their way onto a short 45-minute flight to Motu Mute Airport in Bora Bora. There, your hotel should be waiting with a taxi or boat transfer, and you can get on your way to happily ever after.
This story first appeared on www.travelandleisure.com
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