What can be said about Bora Bora that has not already been said. We have all seen the advertisements and Instagram photos of a place that does not even look real. Bora Bora defies imagination and until you see it in person, you will never believe it is true. This is a place with dramatic landscapes, beautiful white sand, and water in colors you cannot even imagine with so many shades and contrasts, it looks like it cannot be true. Throw in amazing activities like snorkeling with fish, rays, and even sharks in beautiful tropical waters, beautiful tropical weather and sunsets, and you know have arrived at utopia…
I did a little research prior to my visit to ensure I stayed at a hotel with an epic view of Mount Otemanu and the incredibly beautiful colors of the lagoon and I ended up at Le Meridien Bora Bora. This resort had everything I was looking for, great food, pools with spectacular views, over water bungalows with a glass floor for fish viewing, plenty of activities, and most importantly, that view that everyone talks about. This is definitely one of the most beautiful places on earth for sure. For dining, I ate at Le Tipanie Restaurant and Le Te Ava.
For activities, I went for water sports of course. To get my feet wet, I started with paddle boarding. You cannot find a better place to do this than Bora Bora. To be a little more adventurous, I took a platoon boat from the resort all the way to Coral Gardens from my resort to do a little snorkeling. This was a great relaxing experience that I really enjoyed. The water was so beautiful and clear and there were so many tropical fish. Another cool activity is taking out the sea kayaks and exploring the area around the resort. The resort also offers a 30-minute outrigger sailing canoe ride. This is a great way to get an introduction to the lagoon.
Le Meridien has a turtle center at the resort. They have a beautiful setting for the turtles, offer an educational presentation about the turtles, and finish it off with a turtle feeding. The center is dedicated to helping injured turtles recover so they can be returned to the ocean. This is a great cause and I really enjoyed the experience.
My favorite activity for sure was swimming and snorkeling with the sharks. The boat picked me up from the hotel and then just outside the atoll, the adventure started. The water had amazing visibility and was a beautiful bright blue color. Although I was a little nervous jumping into the water with sharks, this quickly became something that I will never forget. There were two types of sharks here, Black Tipped Reef Sharks and Lemon Sharks. The Lemon sharks were fairly large, maybe 2+ meters with the reef sharks being smaller. There were dozens of these beautiful creatures swimming about along with lots of tropical fish.
We also stopped in an area known as coral gardens where many tropical fish can be found in beautiful water near reefs. This is where you can find “I love Bora Bora” written with stones at the sea bottom. This experience included enjoying some time at a beautiful sandy island with spectacular water and views of the main island, Bora Bora Beach Club, fresh fruit, and wine. I enjoyed this experience so much that I repeated it again with sharks and rays in a shallower location with amazing visibility. I was the only one at this beautiful spot and that made it ever more special. This was definitely my favorite activity and one I would highly recommend. You can either book this through the hotel or directly through one of the many providers.
Well everything cannot be in the water so I took a break from the sun and decided to rent a car and check out the main island. I stopped at Bloody Mary’s for lunch. This is a place that is visited by many celebrities. This food was great but I am guessing this is a better place for night life. There are many roadside merchants selling fresh fruit around the island. Here you can enjoy fresh pineapple or mango. It does not take long to explore this island, you can probably drive all the way around it in maybe 45 minutes but I am glad I checked it out. I will probably take a tour next time to see what else this beautiful island has to offer.
During my stay, I visited the St. Regis for dinner one night. This is an epic and all so beautiful resort with food to match and only 5 minutes away from Le Meridien. Both the Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges and Far Niente Ristorante restaurants are amazing dining experiences with Lagoon being exceptional.
Bora Bora was truly a dream come true. This has to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. From the epic landscape of the mountains and islands to that all so beautiful water, this place has it all for me. I enjoyed gorgeous views, dramatic skies and sunsets, and so many great experiences. This place should be on everyone’s bucket list for sure. I was truly blessed to be here!