Why Honeymoon in Bora Bora?
Imagine relaxing out in the sun over crystal clear waters, laying out next to your over the water bungalow. It is a destination perfect for taking it easy after a (sometimes) stressful and tiring wedding and enjoying some downtown with your new better half. After you have spent time relaxing there are plenty of other things to do to feed your need for adventure. If you love enjoying the water, seafood and getting away from the busy city, Bora Bora is an excellent location for a honeymoon.
Where is Bora Bora and how do I get there?
Bora Bora is an island that is a part of the Society Islands of French Polynesia. It is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Northwest of New Zealand. From the US, it requires an eight and a half our flight from LAX to Tahiti.
From Australia, you will likely fly first to Auckland, NZ to then continue on to Tahiti on a five-hour flight.
Once you have arrived in Tahiti, you fly to Bora Bora on a 50 minute flight on a propeller plane.
When to go on your Honeymoon in Bora Bora
No matter what time of year you visit Bora Bora for your honeymoon, you’ll enjoy warm weather all around. Summer is the wet season, from November thru March, and winter is the dry season. Believe it or not, many travelers prefer winter when you’ll enjoy temperatures around 26°C.
Bora Bora Resorts with Honeymoon Packages
Bora Bora resorts excel in creating romantic experiences, and the staff is all about making your stay memorable for life. From French champagne waiting in your room on arrival, a lunch table set on the beach to welcome the beautiful couple or an exotic spa where you can pamper yourself, each day is a little gift.
To give you an idea of price, I looked for a 5 night stay in May for a over the water bungalow to give you an idea on how they compare.
I definitely recommend checking our the over water bungalows. They are a secluded haven (in a mosquito-free zone!), perfect for balmy evenings and lots of love. Most bungalows feature a private deck too that gives you a direct access to the blue lagoon. It’s luxurious, it’s relaxing, it’s an out-of-this-world experience. I almost cried as I was leaving!
St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
We stayed at The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, which is perfect for an intimate escape! Located on its own private island, this must be the most spectacular place to honeymoon at; the private butler service can organize almost anything – from free dinner on the beach under emerald green palms and your feet in fine, powdery sand, overlooking the inspiring views of Mount Otemanu to making sure you are reminded in time you’ve got a snorkeling or scuba diving lesson. The service is so amazing that you can even indulge in delightful fantasies like bathing in a tub with fresh flowers floating on the water or having your bed dressed in a profusion of perfumed Polynesian flowers. No words! The over the water bungalows can include an outdoor shower and plunge pool.
For a five night stay in one of the over the water bungalows the cheapest option was US$5657 as part of a promotion, but the Royal Bungalow with a plunge pool and island view came to $9084. All of this comes without any extras and two additional upgrade options as well.
Four Seasons Bora Bora
After arriving at the Bora Bora airport, you start your honeymoon experience being picked up in a custom yacht to take you to the resort. The Four Seasons Bora Bora offers private bungalows and villas to couples enhanced by services to make your stay unforgettable. Some of their romantic activities include breakfast delivered by canoe, couples spa treatments, sunset cruises, photo services, and romantic Polynesian style dinning. When you book your stay you can make arrangements to enjoy all the service you would like to make your experience unique.
For a five night stay in one of the over the water bungalows the cheapest option was US$9,355 as part of a promotion including breakfast. For a bungalow with plunge pool, it came to $16869 including breakfast.
Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach and Private Island
The Sofitel Bora Bora is a great location to enjoy a Bora Bora honeymoon with a smaller budget. Not only are the rooms less expensive, there is access to restaurants and stores nearby, allowing you to avoid resort pricing for everything. The bungalows feature wooden floors with a glass section to see the sea life beneath you. An additional bonus is the coral bed located very close to the bungalows, allowing for easy access snorkeling.
For 5 days in a luxury beach bungalow with a garden view, it came to $1610 with breakfast included. $2850 will get you a luxury over water bungalow.
The Conrad Bora Bora Nui
The Conrad Bora Bora Nui formerly the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa,is currently getting an upgrade and is accepting guest starting in April 2017. It offers panoramic ocean views, coral reef dive sites and hiking trails. It will feature 28 tropical garden and beach villas and 86 overwater bungalows, including the areas only double-story Presidential Suites. Just a few of their amenities include a full spa, kids club, restaurants and its own private islet of Motu Tapu.
For a ocean view suite, a 5 night stay came to $4820, while a over the water bungalow came to $7730. Make sure you join Hilton rewards for a discount on your stay.
Le Meridien Bora Bora
Located on the northern tip of Motu Piti A’au, a small islet that sits along the eastern coral reef, the resort faces the main island of Bora Bora and delivers a gorgeous view of the iconic Mount Otemanu Beyond the usual overwater bungalows every resort has, you can expect a larger glass bottom floors and a turtle sanctuary. There are plenty of activities to change from including snorkeling, shark feeding, kayaking, volleyball and many others. Another added bonus is the breakfast included in stay.
A five night stay in a beachfront room will run $2840 or $3120 for an overwater villa.
Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora
The Intercontinental Le Moana is located on the southernmost point of Bora Bora, close to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is another great option for someone looking to have plenty to do while enjoying the laid back life in Bora Bora. Enjoy breakfast in your Bungalow. Let the concierge plan your day whether you just want to relax or go for an adventure.
A 5 night stay in a beachfront room will run 2,867 while a stay in one of the over water bungalow will be 3,527
Intercontinental Thalasso Spa Bora Bora
Enjoy the award-winning environmentally friendly Deep Ocean Spa, or the countless other activities to enjoy at the resort, including water sports, relaxing and cultural activities. Another well-located resort will all the amenities you would expect to make your Bora Bora honeymoon amazing.
There are only bungalows available and a 5 night stay currently came in at 4,406 to 8886, depending on which bungalow you choose.
Things to do on your Bora Bora Honeymoon
Once you choose the resort you will be staying at, I recommend booking some activities they offer to make things easy for you.
Indulge at the spa. Open-air Bora Bora spas are a sensory delight on another level! Your loved one and you will go crazy with enjoyment and you’ll probably never want to leave (just like we didn’t!).
Bora Bora spas offer unique services like fresh-flower bath for two, body wrap in fresh banana tree leaves, fresh fruit and plants mask, body wash with vanilla, body scrub with sand and rice, grated coconuts or sea salt (my hubby loved this one!), massage with heated stones, river baths, rain showers and deep ocean-water treatments. You can’t really tell which one’s the best – because they’re all phenomenal!
When you get tired of all the indulgence (if that’s even possible) and want to kick up the adrenaline, Bora Bora’s got it! From jet skiing, WaveRunner adventures, snorkeling, diving, turtle tours, whale watching, helmet diving, lagoon cruise, marine biologist tour, sailing, shark and ray feeding, stand up paddleboarding, submarine tour, to underwater scooter and plenty other amazing stuff, you will get a chance to experience a different perspective on the island together. Everything about it is spectacular, and that’s that.
I recommend you take full advantage of the sea life and water by feeding and swimming with sharks, kayaking, snorkeling and taking a boat tour to make your honeymoon full of adventure. I have heard some travelers say Bora Bora can be boring, but that is only if you don’t want to look for something to do!
Bora Bora Travel Tips
Now, Bora Bora is known for being expensive and the place celebrities like to honeymoon, however, there are ways to save. First, pick one of the resorts that fit your honeymoon budget. Second, as you plan your honeymoon, look into credit cards with good travel rewards. You can always find sign on bonuses that will give you a good sum of points to help tackle some of your honeymoon cost.
Another thing you can do to save some cost is bringing your own alcohol. At most of the resorts, buying a drink can cost you a lot and add up quickly! Instead of only buying drinks, buy some alcohol from the Duty free stores at the airport on your way. Depending on how much you drink, it could save you a lot! Also, try to eat outside of the resort while you are there. Depending on which resort you go to, this may not be convenient, but it can save you money and give you some variety.
We really think Bora Bora is a place worth going on your Honeymoon or Destination Wedding, there are plenty of resorts to choose from at different price ranges. Let us know if you have any tips you would like to share!
This post has contributions from Marie Nieves
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.