The French Polynesian Islands conjure images of tropical fish and crystal-clear waters, lush rainforests, and the thatched rooftops of overwater bungalows. On this 8-day Bora Bora honeymoon vacation, escape as a newlywed couple to this island paradise. The aroma of hibiscus permeates the lingering scent of coconut. Sharks and manta rays glide along shallow waters near the open South Pacific Sea. From Polynesian dance performances to exploring the Valley of the Kings, you will discover the island’s...
Bora Bora – Arrive in Bora Bora to Enjoy the Idyllic and Iconic Paradise
Island life on Bora Bora fills with images of indigo waters along the lagoon and white frangipani fringed with streaks of purple. The basalt peak of Mount Otemanu shimmers with silver and black soaring above the emerald rainforest canopy. As your flight descends onto the runway at Bora Bora International Airport, you can see the thatched roofs of the overwater bungalows rising above the lagoon. The luxury suites have become an iconic image of relaxation and opulence in French Polynesia since their introduction to resort lodging in the 1960s.
Your private transfer greets you upon your arrival at the airport and escorts you over the calm, crystal clear waters of the lagoon to reach the splendors of your resort. A porter helps you with your bags, escorting you from the private dock to the lobby. You enter into the comforts of your gorgeous suite to find a private plunge pool, which serves as a connection to the greater lagoon. A large deck provides a sensational view of the dramatic peak of Mount Otemanu.
Natural light pours into the bungalow through the glass panels. The sunlight bounces off the radiant hues of the indigo water and through the panel on the floor, offering a unique perspective of the schools of fish swimming below. You easily settle into the charms of your accommodation, accentuated by the view of the landscape, the sounds of water lapping against the wooden posts, and the aroma of fresh coconut. You find inviting Mai Tai cocktails to celebrate your arrival and the relaxing honeymoon vacation to come.
Bora Bora – Enjoy Your Overwater Bungalow and Swim with Sharks
Wake to the casual sounds of water lapping against the wooden post of your bungalow, creating a soothing soundtrack to the returning morning light. The gentle strum of a ukulele accompanies the rhythmic ebb and flow of the water. A traditional outrigger canoe floats over the lagoon and glows with an abundance of frangipani and hibiscus. The canoe docks beneath your bungalow and the staff carry a marvelous breakfast on your deck. As they create a special, welcoming ambiance in the seclusion of your overwater bungalow, you take the ladder down to the canoe for a short morning cruise.
The scent of hibiscus accompanies subtle hints of vanilla. The ukulele continues to strum as you glide above the vibrant turquoise hues of the crystal clear lagoon. Dip your fingers into the water to feel the warm, inviting temperature. You can see schools of sergeant majors huddling around the shallow fringe reef. Return to your private deck to find a stunning array of tropical fruit, from guavas to pineapples, dragon fruits to lychees, accompanying the comforting aroma of freshly brewed coffee.
After the fabulous, celebratory meal, you board a boat at the dock and venture to a fascinating location on the lagoon for a unique snorkeling opportunity. You jump into the water and notice you can touch the seafloor. Blacktip reef sharks and manta rays swarm around the outrigger canoe. You place your head in the water, and your heart begins to pound. A frenzy of sharks lingers near the surface and ignores you completely. You watch from a safe distance as the dramatic figures swim alongside gorgeous butterflyfish.
Bora Bora – Relish a Private Paddle Board Lesson and a Helicopter Ride
The beauty of Bora Bora continues to captivate you in the morning. At breakfast, you find the bright pink of dragon fruits accentuated by the petals of a hibiscus decorating the tables. The aroma of a decadent cappuccino overtakes the subtle scent of coconut. After the meal, you meet your guide on the shores of the lagoon, eager to learn the quiet art of paddleboarding. Your board rests on the sand near the rippling wake of the lagoon. You practice holding the paddle with one firm hand gripped on over the top. You take the paddle into the water, learning to balance on the calm, crystal clear water. You float as a couple near the thatched roofs of the overwater bungalows in view of the basalt peak of Mount Pahia.
The shallow lagoon makes it easy to climb back atop the paddleboard after splashing into the water. You keep your legs evenly spaced and slightly bent. You push the board using the paddle and make your way parallel to the bungalows, enjoying the combination of thrill and relaxation. After washing away the salt crystals from your skin, you board a helicopter from the landing pad on the resort grounds. You gain an impressive panorama of Bora Bora from the air, circling the nearly 2,400-foot tall summit of Mount Otemanu. Your guide on the helicopter helps you capture the majesty of the island, encompassing the glimmering sheen of the rainforest canopy and turquoise lagoon.
Bora Bora – Delight in a Bike Ride around the Island and Dive for Pearls
In the morning, you take the time to indulge in the luxuries of your overwater bungalow, noticing the schools of damselfish swimming in view of your glass floor panel. After breakfast, you make your way to the shores for a bicycle tour circling the marvelous coastline of the island. A single road traverses the 11 square miles of shores. The sea breeze rustles the coconut palms soaring over the sand. The quiet waves brush against the mixture of ivory sands and rocky promontories.
Sporadic fruit vendors along the roadside display pineapples, passion fruits, and guavas. Mango trees grow amongst the rain forest canopy. You circle the peaks of Mount Pahia and Otemanu, stopping at a local pearl farm. The thatched structure overlooking the lagoon contains a charming shop displaying white and black pearls beneath the soft light. Your guide leads you through the shop to learn about the cultured stones. It takes two years to harvest a single pearl, with only three out of every 100 pearls harvested considered to be ideal.
The famous Tahitian black pearl is actually five different colors, including blue, green, and purple, with the luster determining the pearl’s value. You can take a boat to the buoys to view the 22 lines dangling in the water. Each line hosts up to six oysters. Dive into the water with your guide to view the oysters up close, reaching 15 feet below the surface. Back in the shop, your guide gives you a demonstration on how to harvest the pearls, using a delicate device to help secure the gem. A slow unveiling displays the treasure inside the oyster.
Bora Bora – Hike the Heart of Bora Bora to Explore the Valley of the Kings
In the morning, you can’t help but return to the photos you took while traversing the island on a helicopter. The aerial views provide a unique perspective of the mountain summits, forest canopy, crystal clear waters, and overwater bungalows. At breakfast, you bask in the enticing tropical aroma of banana pancakes before returning to the shores of the island to trek through the Valley of the Kings. The trail meanders through the marvelous rainforest taking you alongside blossoming frangipanis and hidden orchids.
The flower petals glisten with purple, red, and blue hues against the surrounding emerald leaves. You touch your fingers to the flowers to feel the waxy, smooth texture beneath the tropical sun. The trail meanders through mango and avocado trees. Your guide explains that the presence of fruit trees means a village is nearby. An atoll fruit dove perches in the trees. Its jade wings give way to streaks of silver plumage on the breast and a speck of fuchsia on its crown.
Your guide cuts through a snaking vine and offers a drink of the fresh water spilling from the root. The scent of ginger emanates from a nearby plant. You arrive at a clearing where a three-foot-tall stone carving rises out of the grass. The historic temple was erected more than a millennium ago. Your guide explains the distinctive weathered stones and small carving guarding the king’s spirit. At the top of a summit overlooking the valley grows gigantic banyan trees shading magnificent boulders, which connotes the resting place of the kings.
Bora Bora – Capture Bora Bora on a Photography and 4x4 Jeep Tour
The colorful fruits at breakfast make a photo-perfect moment, shimmering with the bright pink of dragon fruit and the gorgeous black and white interior of the fruit once opened. The theme of discovery and photography continues throughout the day, leading you to a private boat on at the resort dock. Your guide takes you on a lagoon exploration, capturing the milky indigo hues of the water. You capture the beauty and charm of Bora Bora in unforgettable professional photos. Leap from the boat into the lagoon, feeling the rush of the breeze and serene splash in the warm water. Float along the water’s surface in view of angelfish and sergeant majors, with a photograph that captures your amazement of the surrounding beauty with crystal clarity.
Pose at the hull of the boat with a background of framing emerald trees and towering coconut palms. The intimate details bring your photos to life, recreating the splendor of the land and sea whenever you view them. You return to the resort and meet your guide, who is eager to take you on a 4x4 jeep safari through the heart of the jungle terrain. You become the professional photographer once again, capturing the layers of natural splendor in the texture of the rainforest. Orchids, frangipani, and vibrant mango decorate your photos as you splash through shallow rivers and ascend the unpaved, undulating road. You reach a plateau out of which the basalt summit of Mount Otemanu rises, offering a new panorama of the island.
Bora Bora – Relax in the Paradisiacal Setting with a Soothing Spa Treatment
In the tranquil ambiance of the returning morning light, you shuffle through the marvelous photos taken the previous day. Your overwater bungalow fills with the sounds of lapping water and the aromas of coconut and pineapple. The gentle glow of the water returns in the glass floor panel. Take your time to enjoy the gorgeous scenery and relaxed pace of Bora Bora in the luxuries of the spa. The private suite offers a secluded view of the peak of Mount Otemanu. The coconut palms frame the mountaintop and cast shade over the edges of the lagoon. You find the scent of hibiscus blending with gentle hints of coconut.
A soft breeze floats over the viewing deck, the perfect setting for a relaxing spa treatment during your dream honeymoon. You settle into the soothing touch of a professional massage, allowing the warm oils to heal your skin and refresh your muscles. The mixture of a soft touch and elegant aromas helps calm your mind. The small waves ebb and flow against the beach. Your breaths match the rhythm of the water. The pace of the night quickens with a speedy, captivating drumbeat. Musicians wearing floral crowns and red robes give way to dancers in grass skirts. The women tell stories with their hand motions, using fluid and sensual motions to symbolize flowers, mountains, rain, and even the moon.
Bora Bora – Depart for Home
Hibiscuses blossom around the lobby of your resort, glistening with pink, yellow, and red petals. The scent of jasmine accompanies the spiced aroma of ginger drifting through your suite in the morning. At breakfast, you notice the sweet fragrance of banana pancakes. During your honeymoon vacation in Bora Bora, you have discovered the enchantment of an overwater bungalow and the reason it has become the symbol of a French Polynesian getaway for 50 years. You have woken up each morning to the idyllic view of the fish swimming in crystal clear water.
You have listened to the soothing sounds of the lapping water. The refreshing sea breeze blows through the open windows carrying hints of coconut and hibiscus. You have learned that a traditional lei is a sign of friendship between two people and should always be given back to the earth on land or sea. When you are ready, you board a boat bound for Bora Bora Airport, taking the keepsakes you gathered while celebrating your honeymoon vacation of a lifetime.
- Delight in the comforts of an overwater bungalow suite at a luxury resort, beginning with a Mai Tai greeting waiting in your room
- Relish a private breakfast on the deck of your overwater bungalow, along with a ride in a traditional outrigger canoe
- Discover the pearls of Bora Bora during a visit to a family-operated pearl farm, showcasing the traditional methods of cultivation and harvesting
- Capture the beauty of Bora Bora on a scenic helicopter ride and private photography tour of the celebrated lagoon
- Explore the hidden history of Bora Bora on a private tour of the Valley of the Kings to uncover relics, temples, and the marvelous tropical flora
- Traverse the rainforest terrain on a 4x4 jeep safari venturing to the basalt base of Mount Otemanu for a sensational panoramic view
- Slide into the comfortable waters of the stunning lagoon to snorkel with blacktip reef sharks and giant manta rays
- Bask in the vibrant ambiance of a Polynesian dance performance where the mixture of music and movement tells the folklore of the island
The overwater bungalow embodies luxury and splendor during your customizable Bora Bora honeymoon vacation. Whether you are rejoicing in an anniversary or indulging in a retreat to a tropical paradise, you can bask in an opulent suite that offers private views of the crystal-clear lagoon. Take in the majesty of the island on a scenic helicopter ride for an unforgettable panorama from the skies. Relish the splendors of island living and the charms of natural tropical beauty with your arrival at Bora Bora Airport. Your private transfer greets you and escorts you by boat across the lagoon to a stunning resort. Settle into the pleasures of your luxurious overwater bungalow and toast to Bora Bora with a welcoming Mai Tai.
The following morning, breakfast is brought to your room straight from the waters, where you can participate in a traditional canoe ceremony. Take a short ride around the lagoon on a canoe while breakfast is prepared on your private deck. Relish the bright and vibrant flavors of Bora Bora in the comforts of your suite. Continue the day with a snorkeling tour, visiting the celebrated spot at which blacktip reef sharks and manta rays swim. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to bask in the beauty of the island at your preferred pace. Welcome the next day with a private paddleboard lesson on the lagoon. The gentle wake provides a calm ambiance on which to learn the proper form.
Take to the skies at a time you prefer for a scenic helicopter ride around Bora Bora. Your pilot also provides photographic guidance to capture the best angles of the island on camera. Then, you mount a bike and circle the circular road around the island, stopping at a family-owned pearl farm to learn about the cultivation of the precious stone. Afterward, you venture to the shores of the main island to meet your trekking guide. Follow the paths winding through the rainforest at the heart of Bora Bora to discover the Valley of the Kings. Learn about the island history and culture of French Polynesia before returning to the comforts of your overwater bungalow.
Step aboard a boat for a private photography tour of the lagoon. Let a professional photographer capture your active lifestyle above and below the water before taking to the unpaved roads of the island for a 4x4 jeep safari. Bask in the relaxation offered by the spa at your luxury resort with a half-day spa treatment. In the evening, you partake in the fabulous Polynesian dance performance accompanying dinner. On the final day, your private transfer escorts you to Bora Bora Airport for your flight home, bringing an end to your time on your newlywed honeymoon vacation.
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