Close your eyes and imagine the perfect honeymoon. If you pictured yourself basking in the sun on the private deck of an above-water bungalow, a delicious cocktail in hand, with the melodic sounds of turquoise ocean water lapping all around you, consider a Bora Bora honeymoon.
This small South Pacific island in French Polynesia has a population of around 10,000. It’s surrounded by a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef and at the center rises Mt. Otemanu, a 727m dormant volcano that represents the highest point of the island. It’s widely considered one of the most picturesque locations in the world.
It’s equally as romantic. From its warm, crystal-clear water to lush rainforests, Bora Bora is what honeymoon dreams are made of. Depending on where you’re flying from, traveling to and from takes about a day, so a 10- to 14-day trip is recommended. A two-week vacation will give you plenty of time to take full-advantage of all this amazing honeymoon destination has to offer, from blissful relaxation to exciting snorkeling, scuba diving and beyond.
Included below are a few helpful tips to plan the perfect Bora Bora honeymoon and make it a vacation you’ll never forget.
When to Honeymoon in Bora Bora
If you prefer a Bora Bora honeymoon during the warmest time of the year, plan for anytime between May and October. There’s little to no rain, nonexistent humidity, and the water is warmer than normal, which makes fun on the water even more enjoyable.
Bora Bora’s off-peak season starts in December and stretches until the end of March. During these months, you can expect rain showers, humidity, and mosquitoes. On the upside, however, you’ll deal with smaller crowds of fellow honeymooners and various tourists. With fewer people visiting, you’ll also benefit from reduced hotel and resort costs. So, if you’re looking for a bargain at a four-star hotel or five-star resort, this is the time to visit. Just remember to grab some bug spray!
Bora Bora is always relatively comfortable and rarely disappoints, but it’s still important to plan for your ideal forecast. May through October, Bora Bora’s temperatures range from the 60s at night to the mid-80s during the day. This keeps the water warm but allows for a cool-down period at night—perfect for a night swim.
While the temperature is just right, this timeframe is also considered peak season during which most people are visiting. Not to mention hotel and resort prices are higher than average, too. August, specifically, is known to be the island’s busiest time, especially among travelers from European countries.
If you’d prefer to avoid the rush, November is Bora Bora’s best-kept secret. Most tourists have returned home, the rainy season has yet to begin and the temperatures range between 70 and 80 daily. Resort and hotel deals are dipping, too, leading up to the off-peak season. That means you have a better chance of scoring a great stay for a great price. You might even luck out with a reasonable Bora Bora all-inclusive honeymoon if you plan it just right.
Where to Stay: Honeymoon Resorts in Bora Bora
A crucial decision while planning your Bora Bora honeymoon is where to stay. The most popular choice among travelers are the luxurious above-water bungalows, offering seclusion from other guests and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. There are many Bora Bora honeymoon packages that offer deals to new couples and some of those work directly with Honeymoon Wishes.
If you’ve set up your honeymoon registry with us, you’ll see that The St. Regis is one of our partners. That means you’re able to directly add excursions, hotel and airfare, which family, friends and other wedding guests can contribute to.
The St. Regis Bora Bora is truly one of the best places to honeymoon. It’s a five-star luxury hotel with locations all across the globe, so if your Bora Bora honeymoon cost is nothing to worry about, this is the destination for you. From the moment you walk off the plane, you’ll be greeted with flower garlands and scented washcloths to officially welcome you to the island life. You’ll then board the resort’s private boat for a jaw-dropping, 15-minute journey to St. Regis’ suites and beach villa. The entire island is surrounded by lush greenery and turquoise water, and it’s never short on things for guests to enjoy. Of the 90 suites available, 77 are iconic over-water bungalows with glass panes to take in all the scenery around you.
Honeymoon Wishes also partners with the InterContinental Bora Bora and South Pacific Management. Through our network and platform, we’ve made it as easy as possible to choose your desired hotel and add it to your registry. By taking advantage of the Honeymoon Wishes Bora Bora honeymoon resorts, you’ll have a better chance at fulfilling your honeymoon registry!
A conservative trip to Bora Bora is possible, but it’s not the best place to visit on a budget. The biggest expense you’ll likely encounter is the flight to the island. If you’re not visiting Bora Bora with an all-inclusive honeymoon package, remember to factor in the cost of food, drinks, and excursions as well!
What to do on Your Bora Bora Honeymoon
Whatever you decide to do during your Bora Bora honeymoon, it’s a day well spent. You could lay all day on the soft sand. You could sip on cocktails until the sun comes up. You could go snorkeling with a guided tour, swimming in warm water surrounded by tropical fish, black-tip reef sharks and stingrays. You could see the sites all around the island on a jet skiing tour, slowing only for lunch and drinks. You could even reserve a fishing or shopping tour.
Boat tours in Bora Bora are perhaps the most popular activity for some relaxed sightseeing. Either a glass-bottom boat or sunset catamaran sailboat tour will no doubt make your trip truly unforgettable. But if you prefer excursions by land, there are plenty of Jeep tours, too, that take guests around the island and through the lush rainforest.
If you book a Bora Bora island honeymoon package, many offer the opportunity to add activities to your trip. We recommend taking advantage!
Bora Bora’s honeymoon cost is definitely on the extravagant side. But it’s well-deserved for most newlyweds. Do as much research as possible leading up to your arrival to make the most of every moment and enjoy the trip of a lifetime.
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