A Guide to Bora Bora, Tahiti!

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Somewhere that has long been on my bucket list, I finally got the chance to escape to paradise this week by visiting Bora Bora in French Polynesia. Now some of my reality-tv-show loving readers will known this of course as one of the Kardashian holiday destinations (myself included – I do love a good reality show binge), but for most of you Bora Bora is one of the few idyllic locations around the world home to the iconic water bungalows. Below you’ll find all this and more in my complete guide to Bora Bora, Tahiti!

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Arriving in Bora Bora

After spending a couple of nights on the main island of Tahiti (a great way to catch up on jetlag if you’re arriving from the Europe), I hopped on a quick 45 minute flight to Bora Bora. Upon landing I was (not so) warmly welcomed by rain and lots of it, but the idea of stepping off a plane and straight on to a boat to my resort was too lovely to let a little storm get in the way of my happiness.

On the subject of weather, I would highly recommend you visiting Tahiti any time other than January as rain is almost a guarantee (there wasn’t a day it didn’t rain on my trip and most days we didn’t see sunshine). Bad weather patterns aside, Bora Bora is too beautiful not to still enjoy – especially for honeymooners and couples looking for an island escape.

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Check In: Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort

The hotel boat transported us from the airport straight to check-in, where I happily snagged the keys for my overwater bungalow. The images speak for themselves and despite the miserable weather, it was a beautiful few days in paradise (despite the in-room cock roaches you might have read about on twitter!!!)

Prices are sky high in Bora Bora and although this resort is rated as four stars, you’ll need to save your pennies before coming here. Once at the resort be sure to keep in mind that all of your food and activities are an additional cost and will soon blow your budget if you’re anything like me and can’t say no to dessert at every meal.

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Resort Activities

Around the resort there were plenty of activities to keep one busy: jet skis for rent, stand up paddle-boarding, kayaking… you name it. In a way this reminded me of the Maldives and the endless activities my boyfriend and I got up to there, however with the storms continually rolling in, much of my time was spent indoors or running through the rain from one eatery to another (when you have no options left, food is always a good idea).


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Around Bora Bora

One thing I would strongly suggest you do when visiting Bora Bora is to escape your resort. Although it is easy to stay in one place and eat your favourites off the menu three times a day, I promise you there is so much more to discover when you venture in to “town”.

My absolute favourite experience of my entire stay was at Villa Mahana – a new addition to my list of favourite restaurants around the globe. Not only was this a lovely dining experience with a gastronomic menu, but it also gave me the chance to try local Polynesian foods with a modern, French twist. Safe to say I left nothing on my plate(s) that night.

Another great restaurant I escaped to was Lagoon by Jean Georges, found at the St Regis hotel in Bora Bora. This dinner was a little more fancy (requiring more of a dress code) and delicious as well.

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Getting There

I flew to Tahiti with Air Tahiti Nui from Australia. While this did involve a transit in Auckland, it was a pretty seamless flight path and if you live in one of the major cities (unlike me from Tasmania!), then you will reach Tahiti within the same day you begin flying.

Beyond Bora Bora

Although it is tempting to arrive in Bora Bora and beach yourself at one resort, I would strongly recommend you venture beyond this island to explore other parts of Tahiti. Personally my favourite island was Moorea, full of dramatic scenery and less outside influence. You can read about my guide to the top islands to visit in Tahiti here.


Special thanks to Tahiti Tourisme for making my visit possible and going above and beyond to provide an incredible experience for my first time in Tahiti! I’ll be back!

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    Tatyana Ray
    March 3, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Oopsies meant to use a question mark not an exclamation haha. But, thank you so much gladness to hear it.

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    Tatyana Ray
    March 2, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Brooke!

    How did you find Tahiti as a vegetarian! I’m expecting lots of seafood and am hoping I can find some nice meat free dishes while there.

    • Brooke Saward
      March 2, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      I didn’t have any problems at all 🙂 lots of goat cheese salads!

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    March 1, 2017 at 1:36 am

    Amazing photos!

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    Marie (Miles of Happiness)
    February 24, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    That’s what I call a DREAM destination…

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    February 21, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    thanks for posting

  • katie@creativetravelguide.com'
    February 21, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Like everyone, Bora Bora is of course on my bucket list! This place looks so pretty, would love to save, save, save and visit a resort like this for our honeymoon!

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    February 17, 2017 at 6:59 pm

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    Rick & Marley
    February 16, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Awesome photos considering the weather! Still beautiful! Bora Bora has always been on our bucket list but first saving up those pennies!

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    February 11, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Beautiful! I’ve always dreamed of going here. Thanks for sharing your stunning photos!


  • cindy.smith@dpd.dallascityhall.com'
    February 11, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Were you serious about the cockroaches????? I’m terrifies of roaches… BUT I really want to visit Bora Bora,,, it has been on my list for the past couple of years,,,, I’ve been told its very expensive

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    Samantha Sheinson
    February 11, 2017 at 2:50 am

    This trip looks insane! Such beautiful photos. I can only imagine what actually being there is like!

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    Ydel Zuriel
    February 11, 2017 at 1:24 am

    You are very fond of Tahiti I see. Earlier it was Moorea and now it’s Bora Bora. Lol. Really beautiful place. I’m planning to visit their someday.

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    February 10, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Liked a lot by seeing this ,i like to visit this place.

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    February 9, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks to author for sharing this information. I will bookmark this page for future reference. Thanks for sharing the important points with us.

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    the eye traveler
    February 9, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I wish I’m there right now!

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    Cal Mc
    February 9, 2017 at 6:15 am

    I want to visit here so bad, shame is literally the other side of the world from Europe. how did you fly? did you go through LAX or did you go east?

    Cal Mc

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    February 8, 2017 at 9:11 pm


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    February 8, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Bora Bora is amazing, definitely ranks high on my list of beaches around the world!

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    Fatima P.
    February 8, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Stunning photos, it looks so beautiful and relaxing

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    February 7, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Beautiful. Bora looks like lovers paradise! Its really expensive for a trip from where I live but one worth saving for i’m sure.

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    Sue Burpee
    February 7, 2017 at 9:19 am

    We visited Tahiti a few years ago, staying like you on the big island for a few days and then on tiny Moorea, in an over-water bungalow. Everything was lovely to look at bu,t for us, the experience paled after a couple of days. As you said in your post, everything was beautiful but sooo expensive. Meals at the resort looked fabulous but were pretty tasteless. We eventually walked every night to a local pizza joint with white wooden tables, checkered tablecloths, good food, great beer and friendly staff. And reasonable priced. I don’t mind paying top dollar for something fabulous but in Tahiti we just felt like we were being fleeced. Next time we wanted a fabulous beach vacation we tried The Cook Islands on our way to New Zealand. Very reasonably priced, beach bungalows, Maori hosts who were wonderful… a lovely down to earth place and just as beautiful as Tahiti.

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    February 6, 2017 at 7:18 pm

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    Amber Reneè
    February 6, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I remember my family and I vacationing in Florida at the Disney parks and everyday of a full day spent at the park we got rained on all entire 3 park days!

    Talk about trouble in paradise! lol

    Amber Reneè,

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    February 6, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Sorry to hear about the rain but sounds like you had an amazing time anyway! Definitely one for the bucket list (or when I win the lottery!)

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    February 6, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Beautiful! Tahiti is long time on my bucket list.

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    February 5, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Wow! Tahiti looks so beautiful! Honestly, I’m not aware of the place until I saw your post in IG that you’re visiting Bora Bora, more travels Ms. Brooke! 🙂

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    February 5, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Looks incredible Brooke! so jealous xx

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    February 5, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Heaven on earth! Wonderful!

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    February 4, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Oh my god this is so so so beautiful I wish I could go there right now !! I know it says that you would recommend to go in January but did you mean would NOT recommend to go because of the rain? x

    • Brooke Saward
      February 5, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Definitely meant I would not recommend to go in Jan 🙂 sorry for the confusion! xx

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    Kyle Studstill
    February 4, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Those greens are fantastic

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    February 4, 2017 at 6:37 am

    My dream vacation! So beautiful! 😀

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    February 4, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Those photos!!! Stunning.
    Well out of my price range but a girl can definitely dream.

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    Amy-Anne Williams
    February 4, 2017 at 2:27 am

    I’ve never been to Bora Bora (yet!), but it looks like such a paradise that I absolutely must. It looks so incredibly beautiful – and if it’s a Kardashian holiday destination, it’s someplace I know will be luxurious and wonderful.

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    February 3, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Bora Bora is a different beach from Boracay but they both are great!!!

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    February 3, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    This is definitely a dream trip of mine! Wow! |

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    February 3, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    This looks like a dream. Too pretty to be true!

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    February 3, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Such a shame about the rain but it looks incredible! I’m definitely like you and can never say no to dessert haha I’ll make sure to save up if I head out there! xxx
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    February 3, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    These photos are to die!

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    February 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Loved the pictures!! It’s so beautiful!! How was the weather meaning climate, were you able to swim?