Undoubtedly the most celebrated island in the South Pacific, Bora Bora is French Polynesia’s leading lady. Her beauty is unrivaled and we are totally in love with Bora Bora, it is one of the few places on earth that everyone hopes to witness in their lifetime—and once you see it, you are forever in love. It is perfect for your honeymoon or family vacation.
Tips for a Family Vacation to Bora Bora
How to get there
Air Tahiti Nui is the primary international air carrier of Tahiti, servicing the capital city of Papeete from Paris, Los Angeles, Auckland, Sydney, and Tokyo. Air France also flies to Papeete. I should mention the it was one of the most colorful and cheery interiors I have ever seen, puts you in an island mood right when you board the flight.
Inter-island domestic air travel is provided by Air Tahiti. Flights operate daily between Papeete and other islands. Flights typically depart Los Angeles for Papeete in the late afternoon and arrive in Tahiti at 10:30pm or 11:00pm local time. Flight time from Los Angeles is eight hours. You can stay a night or more at resort in Tahiti, which is a short cab ride from the international airport FAA. Flights from Tahiti to the different society islands depart the next morning or if you are going to Moorea you can take a 30 minute fast ferry.
Where to stay
Bora Bora is synonymous with overwater bungalows and there are quite a few other 4 and 5 star resort options from like Four Seasons, St.Regis, Intercontinental and Sofitel. We stayed at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa where the service was impeccable, the staff so friendly and always ready to pamper us and make us feel special. We had a welcome package of champagne, several bottles of water, macarons, cookies, fruits, chocolates waiting for us when we were dropped off by the golf cart at our bungalow. The water near our villa was less than 3 feet, make sure you request that since different villas are in different depths of water, all still seemingly floating in the lagoon and utterly gorgeous.
What to eat
Poisson Cru which is a raw fish dish, usually tuna that has been marinated with coconut milk, lime, and vegetables. The preparation is a bit like ceviche, but the flavors are totally different. I don’t normally eat fish but tried it a little, the boys loved it. Produce is usually limited to what can be grown in the islands or caught in the sea. Fresh local fish which is caught and prepare daily are mahi mahi, yellow fin, wahoo, bonito, etc.
We were talking to our taxi driver and she mentioned a typical Tahitian breakfast consists of some fish soup, a lunch of fruits and bread followed by catch of the day grilled for dinner. There is also a little Asian influence to the cuisine, you can find chow mien with a lot of local greens and veggies which is something I lived on during the trip.
We found little markets selling local produce of coconuts, banana, pineapple, papaya. As much as 80 percent of Tahitian vanilla is grown on Taha’a, an island not far from Bora Bora, and many fish dishes, such as shrimp and mahi-mahi, come drizzled in mouthwatering vanilla sauce and dessert menus include multiple options with vanilla as an ingredient.
Best time to go
Mid June to October is the best time to go when the breezes keep temperatures in the low 80s and the humidity down as well. We were there in December the humidity was a little high, rained occasionally for like 15 minutes or so and cleared up to be beautiful and breathtaking again, we came home several shades tanner so don’t forget that sunblock. In July there will be a festival called Heiva, the outer islands hold local contests—in everything from outrigger racing to stone carrying and spear throwing, traditional dancing and singing to Tifaifai (quilt) making and the best go to Tahiti for the main festival.
Would you consider Bora Bora as a family travel destination?