You know how photos never do justice to what you are actually seeing in-front of you? Even though photos of Bora Bora look incredible it still doesn’t come close to the actual experience of being there.
I will never forget the first time I saw a picture of an over-water bungalow at Bora Bora, sitting in the middle of a crystal clear oasis with lush mountains in the backdrop, I had to be there! It was a pretty surreal experience waking up in that bungalow to that beautiful view and swimming in the water with the amazing sea life.
Of course, it was for my honeymoon. It was the most rewarding and romantic way to end the stress and anxiety of planning a wedding.
Here are my recommendations based on my experiences.
I stayed at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort in the Lagoon Overwater Bungalow. We chose this resort because it is one of the more affordable options without missing out on the overwater experience and views. Another reason for choosing Le Moana is that it is located on the main island which is a great way to get the most out of exploring the island and eating outside of the hotel. Other popular resorts are located on small islands surrounding the main island which means you’re limited to the food and experience the resort has to offer or you have to take a boat ride to the main island.
If you’re on a budget and you’re booking for a honeymoon try and get a honeymoon package with a travel agent who specialises in French Polynesian travel. I booked with Lush Travel and gave a budget to work with. Another budget tip! Get a cheaper lunch on the main island and splurge on a romantic dinner. We made good use of Tiare Market (walking distance from the hotel) for a baguette, cheese and wine and enjoyed it on our bungalow’s amazing terrace.
One of the best experiences we had on the trip was hiking with Azdine Oualid (aka Tama A’Tea). Azdine moved to Bora Bora from Morocco and has discovered many ancient villages, farms, tombs and temples in the mountains that the locals are afraid to explore. The hike took us through the lush natural vegetation up a mountain to a vantage point. We were repeatedly told to “look and cry” as Azdine taught us about the history of the island and taught us how to live off the land by serving us passionfruit, coconut, pistachios and water along the way.
All other activities we did were water based such as jet skiing (around the whole island), snorkelling, paddle boarding and scuba diving. The water is very calm and you can see many types of fish, sting rays and sharks even just from your overwater bungalow.