Bora Bora. Even the words sound exotic, conjuring up images of white sand beaches, dazzling blue waters, pristine coral reefs, and brilliantly colored fish.
This tiny South Pacific island nestled close to Tahiti is so devastatingly beautiful that it has, predictably, become a luxury destination popular with honeymooners and wealthy travelers who want to sun themselves in relative privacy.
But scratch the surface a little deeper, and there is more to Bora Bora than just the picture postcard tropical paradise it has become known for. Many people don’t venture to Bora Bora for a glimpse of city life, but a trip to the main town of Vaitape offers a snapshot of local life, and you can dine in one of the many restaurants or cafes in town and browse in the shops.
For something a little different, visit the ‘Lagoonarium’ located on a small neighboring island. It’s a family run business and is a ‘natural aquarium’, housed in a pre-existing lagoon.
Finally, for those who are seriously looking to get away from the beachfronts of Bora Bora, head inland with a local guide who will be able to show you inland ancient temples and abandoned World War II guns. Then, top your adventure off with a relaxing catamaran trip across the clear, blue waters of the bay, sipping a cocktail and spotting sea turtles along the way. Not a bad day, we say.