TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE

Bora Bora- Is it even worth travelling to the other side?

Uma Krishanwal, Travel Writer, India

19 February 2018

“Bora Bora beyond the islands”-  If you need the time to read War and Peace and crave fresh seafood, coconut milk and long naps under the sun, then this is your nirvana. There is a lot to do on this aquatic playground. Wade through the warm waters to your resort and your options expand to kayaking, jet skiing and even parasailing. Every inch of this fascinating landscape creates a movable feast that makes amateur photographers giddy with excitement. To know more about Bora Bora and how to have the best of the time over there, read on…

Snorkeling

The Bora Bora Lagoon is home to hundreds of dazzling tropical fish species, sting rays, manta rays and reef sharks.

Bora Bora offers snorkelers of all levels a fun lagoon environment to explore. The best snorkeling sites are the coral gardens that lie near the barrier reef, South and West of the island. And there’s the not-to-be-missed site of Anau, inside the lagoon, where you’ll have the chance to observe majestic manta rays in the morning.

Lagoon Excursions

Still searching for the best way to explore the magnificent lagoon of Bora Bora? It is definitely by joining a ‘lagoon excursion’!

It offers up close interaction with sharks and rays. Many of the amazing aqua species can be encountered here- some that you are definitely not able to spot while doing snorkeling. If you come here, one must definitely take a walk around the island tour- some picturesque views not to be missed upon!

Swimming with sea turtles

Le Meridien, Bora Bora has a unique care centre for turtles- observe these beautiful reptiles and also, how about swimming with them? A definite must-do thing on your wish list. You can swim with the turtles in a protected lagoon and watch babies being cared for under the guidance of a conservationist. Sounds amazing? Definitely!

Kitesurfing

The combination of regular strong breezes, protected areas with calm water conditions and a lack of obstacles make Bora Bora’s lagoon a prime destination for kitesurfers.

The best spot is Matira Point, a small peninsula on the south end of the island. Even if you’re not a watersport fanatic, it’s hard to tear yourself away from the aerials performed by the local pros here. Don’t be a put off – it’s a great place to give it a try.

Attending the Heiva i Bora Bora

If you are visiting Bora Bora in the month of July, then you might not as well miss on their famous festival- Heiva i Bora Bora.

Held in Vaitape on a big stage near the quay, the festival is something not to miss upon while visiting Bora Bora. Expect a series of music and dance contests as well as beauty pageants. Heiva is the best time of year to watch top-notch dancers!