The Geography of Bora Bora
Written by Phineas Upham,
Bora Bora is an island paradise unlike anywhere else in the world. With year-round temperatures measuring in the 80s, the island is the perfect getaway for couples looking for a retreat from the rat races. Bora Bora has several exciting locales to discover, with geography that will satisfy the outdoors go-getter in all of us.
Matira beach is the most easily accessible beach, and also one of the most populated. Tourists remember the beach for its gorgeous white sands and shallow lagoons. Hit up Ben’s Place for snacks and refreshments, or take one of several hiking trails snaking through the area.
The rugged interior of Bora Bora Island requires a 4X4 vehicle and some off-road skills. The roads that weave through the island give way to additional panoramas of the lagoon and its mountain ranges. Those who appreciate hiking will want to pack an additional pair of boots to get through the rugged terrain.
Bora Bora’s lagoons are flecked with tiny, sandy islets called “motus.” These flat islands have white-sand beaches on their fringes. These tiny getaways are home to some of the best beaches in Tahiti. You will find some of the island’s high-end hotels on these small motus. Some of the best views can be found on the balconies of these hotels, with a snack and cocktail close by.
Looking for something romantic? Some of the island’s motus have quiet and romantic beaches that can be reached by boat. These spots are perfect for a day-trip picnic with your spouse. Just remember that all motus are owned by private entities, so book a tour before you visit one.