Have you ever seen water so turquoise? The first thing you notice when you arrive to Bora Bora, located in the western part of French Polynesia, is just how translucent they are. Over-water bungalows adorn a white-sand coastline which is perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. Whichever way you look, you’ll be constantly reminded that this paradise island is one of the most secluded and beautiful in the world.
Parroquia de San Pedro-Celestino
Alain Despert Artist Studio
Mount Otemanu boasts a 2,385-foot peak that towers above Bora Bora and outlines the extinct volcano at the center of the island. Visible from just about any part of the island, Otemanu beckons you with its jagged curves, the perfect location for a day trip onboard a 4x4. Stretch your legs and snap some pictures of the translucent waters from above.
What could be more romantic than sharing a special moment at Amanahune? This lookout point is located high above the Pofai Bay and, like Mont Otemanu, offers azure vistas as far as the eye can see. An insider’s tip: Come here in the early evening to witness the sunset melting away in the vast horizon.
Visit this quaint temple for a moment of reflection during your trip to Bora Bora. This church’s white-streaked columns reveal a modern aesthetic, though at no point is the experience cold or uninviting. The lush green mountains behind it also invite you in to one of the island’s secret treasures.
Once you’ve seen the beauty of Bora Bora, It’s easy to understand how artists derive endless inspiration from its shimmering lagoons and velvety beaches. Check out postmodern painter Alain Despert’s studio, the perfect cultural foray for anybody looking for a break from the beach. Make an appointment add see why this French artist is held the same high regard as Warhol and Haring, a painter whose brushstrokes evoke the perfect Polynesian aesthetic.
Tranquil waves, shallow waters, and extraordinary views—what could be better than to drink a Bloody Mary here as you overlook the sunset? The Pofai Bay is a must-see during your trip to Bora Bora. When you dip your feet into these enchanting waters, you’ll understand why it’s been photographed time and again.
Some of the best restaurants and cocktail bars await you at Matira Point, as do spectacular sunrises and sunsets. A wind blows along the coast here: Many people travel to the southernmost point of the Bora Bora just to feel the unique extremity of being at the end of the island.
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