Bora Bora is a small island in the South Pacific. It has become synonymous with beauty, luxury, and romance. For many, it’s “a bucket list” destination and a lot of couples choose to spend their honeymoon on Bora Bora.
The island was populated by Tongan people in the 4th century. Europeans first came into contact with it sixteen centuries later, when James Cook landed on it. Afterwards, it was a French colony and it played an important role in American WW II campaigns. Soldiers used the island for storage and drilling, but there wasn’t any fighting. After the war, numerous soldiers refused to leave Bora Bora on account of its beauty and had to be reprimanded. Now it’s mostly known for its tourism.
Everything about Bora Bora is perfectly suited for a romantic vacation. The scenery is beautiful and most of the beaches are private and secluded. The sense of otherworldliness and escape from everyday life is especially strong in comfortable over-water bungalows, to which food and other necessities are brought by canoe. Picnics on private islands nearby are also quite popular among young couples coming to the island for the first time.
Many couples decide to perform a traditional native wedding ceremony. It’s performed by a Haitian priest and has no legal ramifications. Traditional costumes and a handmade wedding certificate are also provided. After the wedding, you can enjoy a Polynesian feast and dancing throughout the night.
For those who prefer something more conventional – the chapel overlooking the lagoon can also be used for wedding ceremonies, which are both legally binding and memorable.
Bora Bora is considered to be one of the most luxurious destinations in the world. Most of the beaches are private (actually there is only one which is public) and accommodation is extraordinary. Indulging at the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is truly a remarkable experience. It consists of large overwater villas, equipped with round the clock butler services and private pools. The villas are decorated with Italian marble and Polynesian art and come with all necessary modern comforts, such as WiFi, bars, spas and nearby shopping and business centers.
The resort also has its own helipad from which you can start a helicopter tour of the island. It’s a bit pricey addition to this trip, but all who have tried it, think it’s an overwhelming experience. The planning can be a bit tricky because the number of passengers able to fit into a helicopter is limited and the weather conditions need to be perfect. Jumping out of one is also an option for those who are brave enough.
An active vacation
All the talk of Bora Bora as a place for young lovers and those who like to have someone care for them 24/7 makes it seem like a pretty passive destination. In fact, it can accommodate thrill seekers just as adequately.
It’s one of the best destinations for divers in the world. The water is warm and clear and the wildlife is extraordinary. For those who want more, there’s ray and shark feeding. Unlike diving, this can only be done under close supervision by experts.
4*4 safari is also a popular option, but it’s important to note that it’s a proper safari, there are no paved roads and the trip can get pretty rugged, especially during the rainy seasons. But, if you hold on tight, you might witness some of the most beautiful scenery on the island.
Bora Bora is a dream destination, because of its stunning beauty and impressive accommodations. All who visit it return mesmerized and willing to keep coming back.