Exploring Bora Bora, Tahiti

Bora Bora, a small island in French Polynesia, is a well-known vacation mecca. Just like nearby Tahiti, the island features azure waters, white sand beaches and gracefully swaying palms. Bora Bora has its own offshore coral reef, which draws scuba divers from around the world. It also boasts a sleeping volcano. Luxury beachfront accommodations attract international travelers and even a few celebrities each year. If you’ve daydreamed about a trip to Bora Bora, find out where to stay and what to do during your idyllic getaway.

When to Go to Bora Bora

High season for tourism in Bora Bora is May through October. Rainfall is minimal, and temperatures hover in the low 80s. You can save a bit of money and still enjoy temperate weather in April or November. If 85-degree days and refreshing rain from time to time work for you, these shoulder months are the best time to visit.

Be sure to pack some light rain gear and lots of summer clothing as well as swimwear. The SwissGear 7272 27-inch Energy Hardside Expandable Luggage is ideal for transporting your travel wardrobe, adventure gear and all your other essentials. Hardside luggage is rugged enough to withstand rough handling in the baggage compartment. The telescoping handle offers smooth one-handed operation. Four sets of spinner wheels follow your every move as you make your way through busy airport terminals.

Swissgear 7272 27-Inch Expandable Luggage
Swissgear 7272 27-Inch Expandable Luggage

Swissgear 7272 19-Inch Carry-On Luggage
Swissgear 7272 19-Inch Carry-On Luggage

The SwissGear 19-inch USB Energie Expandable Carry-on Hardside Luggage if perfect for the exotic gifts you plan to bring home with you too. Its compact yet expandable profile makes it especially useful when you are hand-carrying fragile items on board the plane. That brilliant hand-painted fabric you purchased will nestle nicely beneath the tie-down straps in the roomy interior. The strands of black pearls for your daughters will be safe within the zippered pockets of the 19-inch Energie luggage. Plus, the USB port is handy for recharging electronics on lengthy flights.

It’s always a challenge to navigate new airports, but spinner luggage streamlines your progress from point A to point B. The integrated tie-down straps keep your belongings and dopp kit in place through plane changes and customs checks. The telescoping handle makes curbside check-ins a snap because it slides out of sight with a flick of your thumb.

Where to Stay in Bora Bora

If you dream of a pampered vacation, you’ll find a wealth of Bora Bora resorts can fulfil that. The Four Seasons in Bora Bora provides you with a rapturous, five-star experience. Its picturesque, palm-roofed villas stand on stilts above temperate, turquoise waters.

Four Seasons overlooks the Pacific Ocean on the northeast coast of the island. Premium accommodations include a dedicated villa host. You can sign up for such activities as snorkeling along the coral reef. The resort also offers yachting adventures. In the evenings, local dancers and musicians are on hand to entertain. The Four Seasons Bora Bora provides a lot, but it is also among the most expensive accommodations the island offers.

The Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island Hotel is more moderately priced. It occupies one of the tiny islands – or motus – that surround Bora Bora. You must take a private boat from the main island to the Motu Piti U’uta where you’ll find the Sofitel surrounded by a lovely lagoon. Coral and native botanical gardens are some of the unique features of the resort. It also offers a choice of restaurants for your all-inclusive stay.

Bora Bora Essential Adventures

You should take time to explore the island during your Bora Bora getaway. Matira Beach is one must-see destination. It’s about five miles from Vaitape, the island’s largest west coast town. You’ll marvel at the soft white sand that slopes toward shallow waters. You’ll also find shops and restaurants to explore nearby. Be sure to stay for the sunset, which is spectacular.

Swissgear 5358 USB ScanSmart Laptop Backpack
Swissgear 5358 USB ScanSmart Laptop Backpack
Swissgear 5358 USB ScanSmart Laptop Backpack

Before setting out for the day, pack up your towel, swimsuit and sunscreen in your Swiss Gear 5358 USB Scansmart Laptop travel backpack. Don’t forget to stow your sunglasses in the fleece-lined crush-proof zippered pocket for easy access. There’s even a secure place for your snacks and water bottle in the insulated side pocket.

While you are gazing over the intoxicating South Pacific vistas, remember to look beneath the water for unique and exotic sea life. The Lagoonarium to the east of the island offers the ideal spot to investigate Bora Bora’s underwater landscape. Sea turtles, sharks, rays and bright tropical fishes are all part of the colorful tableau.

If you crave a dry-land adventure, conquer the sleeping volcano. Mount Otemanu is Bora Bora’s centerpiece, rising 2,400 feet above sea level. Enjoy a day of hiking in the otherworldly atmosphere high above the island, or rent a 4 x 4 to tour the area in style. If you only have the time and energy for a shorter hike, investigate the smaller adjacent peak, Mount Pahia. Wherever you decide to go each day, be sure to have your Scansmart backpack packed and ready.

Family Traveler:

Swissgear 2661 Dopp Kit
Swissgear 2661 Dopp Kit

Also on offer during your Bora Bora stay are jet ski rentals, lagoon tours and a variety of spa experiences. You can make smooth transitions from mountainside to beach to restaurant if you remember to tuck your SwissGear Dual Compartment 2661 Dopp Kit into your travel backpack.

On one side, a divided, waterproof compartment offers storage for your essential toiletries. Your shampoo, shower gel and moisturizer stay separate and neatly in place. On the other side, the larger compartment holds your makeup, hair styling products or shaving kit. You can transform yourself from sun seeker to sophisticated dinner companion with ease.

When you’re well organized and equipped for the adventures that await you on Bora Bora, you’ll find that relaxation naturally follows. You won’t have to worry about losing track of the things that matter most. Instead, you and your companions can immerse yourselves in the excitement of your South Pacific vacation.

Author: Joseph Daniels