Bora Bora honeymoons are the ultimate wedding gift to yourselves. Idyllic island resorts with overwater villas fanning out into an ocean that spans the jewel colour spectrum. And when your eyes tire of the emerald, sapphire, peridot and jade hues, the sun sets bring ruby red skies to swoon under. On an island practically made for honeymooning, Bora Bora romantic tours aren’t in short supply. Though, the couples’ massages, candlelit dinners and snorkel spots straight from your lagoon perched villa could tempt you to never leave your hotel.
When to go
While this French Polynesian paradise might be suitable for a holiday year-round, there are better times to take your Bora Bora honeymoon. We’ll start with the months to avoid. Prices may look tempting between December and March – but your blissful break will be buzzing with the sound of pesky mosquitos. Look instead at Bora Bora’s shoulder months of April and November. The tourist season hasn’t quite reached its peak – as high temperatures, and a few rain showers keep the humidity levels high. Bora Bora’s weather reaches idyllic levels between May and October, but prices peak – along with visitor numbers.
What to do
Dine a little differently
Bora Bora resorts stack up all-inclusive deals that appeal to honeymooners wanting to keep their total spend in check. But that does mean dining in resort, night after night. Consider keeping your options open – just a little, so you can enjoy some romantic meals on the main island. Sip cocktails at sunset on the deck of a yacht club, sample French Polynesian fine dining in an exclusive villa setting or just pop into a local cafe to order what the islanders are having.
Bora Bora restaurants aside, there’s plenty of scope to change things up in resort. Consider having your breakfast brought to your water villa in an outrigger canoe. Or, speak to your concierge and ask whether they can set up a picnic on a private island. If not, Moana Tours has a private, romantic getaway that includes your very own, personalised island picnic.
Slink off into the sunset
Bora Bora sunsets are the stuff of legend. And while popping yet another bottle of champagne in your water villa is an excellent way to start the evening, there are a few different ways to make the most of these romantic skies. Slink off to the Bora Bora Yacht Club to sip cocktails while rays swim under the deck, hop in a skippered cruiser to whizz around the island or step aboard a racing catamaran. The sleek, twin hulls of Vitamin Sea can silently sail you out into the lagoon for the best views of Bora Bora on this romantic tour.
Have a wild encounter
Swimming with sharks will definitely ramp up the honeymoon adrenaline levels but, depending on your love of marine life, if might not feel super romantic. For something a little more dreamy, consider the options from Moana Tours. You can join them for a guided, eco-friendly glide through a coral garden. You’ll snorkel (hand in hand) looking for eagle rays, manta rays and turtles, Swim over tropical fish shoals and explore the warm waters – while making sure the coral stays protected. Or, for a once in a lifetime encounter, book a private excursion to snorkel with manta rays. Your marine guide will tell you all you need to know about these graceful creatures as you watch them ‘fly’ through the water.
Learn to dive together
You’ll spend much of your time on the island surrounded by waters teeming with sea life and gorgeous corals. To see it all, you could hop on one of the glass–bottomed boat tours. But learning a new skill together in Bora Bora could become a hobby you continue on all future holidays. And the warm, crystal clear waters are the perfect place to take your first scuba lessons. Dive shops across the island offer honeymoon packages that often include video footage of your first dive – and the chance to find a black pearl. Bora Ocean Adventures’ Honeymoon Intimate Diving Package caters to both beginners and experienced divers – handy if you have some dive experience already.
See Bora Bora’s stars
Few things will be more memorable than gazing up at the ocean of constellations above your Bora Bora honeymoon accommodation. Though, you will need to align your trip with the stars. Star gazing is best before a new moon when there’s no other light in the sky. When conditions are just right, dark nights twinkle around Mount Otemanu’s silhouette, palms rustle in the gentle breeze and waves lap gently at the shore. You may also catch a glimpse of the Milky Way. To learn more about the legends and lore of the islands – and how islanders used the stars to navigate the Pacific, join Bora Bora Explorer’s star gazing tour. The small group tour takes you out to a private motu for an evening of Polynesian songs, stories and star spotting.
Where to stay
Picking your place in paradise isn’t easy. All of the top resorts are built with honeymoons in mind – from the privacy of the swish estates to the added plunge pools in the over water villas, there will be something to tempt you on each resort. Ultimately booking your Bora Bora honeymoon could all come down to one decision. Choosing between a water villa and a beach bungalow. But it’s best to really do some research on the offering from all of the best Bora Bora resorts to find out their unique offering. The InterContinental Le Moana Resort offers guests the chance to create a honeymoon registry – adding some paid for excursions to your stay will really add that extra luxe feeling to your trip. Though, the secluded shores of the Four Seasons Resort might lure you away for some much-needed peace and relaxation.
In terms of location, many of the five star resorts are a short boat ride away from the mainland on the edge of Bora Bora’s lagoon. If mainland activities will be the focus of your stay, the InterContinental Le Moana starts to look even more appealing.