Bora Bora or Moorea? Here’s What You Should Know
We see this dilemma with our clients often. “Should we go to Bora Bora or Moorea?” The best answer for you is that it depends on many factors. Two of them include, how you want to spend your time and what activities are most important to you on your tropical getaway. We can ask you a series of questions that may help you (and us!) figure out the best place for you.
Bora Bora and Moorea are both incredibly beautiful. There’s many things to do and excellent resorts to discover. When you narrow down your priorities of what you want out of your vacation, it will be easier to decide. Here are some key things to know about each island once you’ve narrowed down what you want in your tropical paradise vacation.
The “Romantic Island” of Bora Bora may feel like the most exclusive and romantic in French Polynesia. Many believe it’s the most beautiful island in the world, with romance and luxury that rivals everywhere else. From the dramatic scenery to the exclusivity and amenities of the overwater bungalows, everything in Bora Bora oozes romance. From sunrise to sunset, each resort has designed their own blend of unique romantic experiences for their guests to choose from.
Four Seasons Bora Bora
Views are filled with white sand beaches, turquoise water, and lush tropical slopes with blossoming hibiscus. The view of Otemanu from the motus is particularly stunning, and so is the color of the lagoon. The beautiful motu circle that brightens up the lagoon like a delicate necklace around Mount Otemanu is also quite a wonder to be seen.
While Bora Bora generally comes with a higher price tag for similar resorts and activities than Moorea, guests can find themselves in exquisite luxury. For some, that’s worth the price tag. With a one hour flight from the island of Tahiti or Moorea, you will want to make sure to block enough days to take in the views and do everything on the island.
Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Things to do on Bora Bora
- Couples can start each day with an incredible view from their overwater bungalow and never leave their accommodation if they wanted to. Some resorts offer breakfast by canoe.
- Exploration of the water around you can be as simple as walking outside your door to the ladder that descends into the water from your overwater bungalow. (There are also top notch accommodations on the island, if the overwater bungalow isn’t your thing.)
- Take a leisurely boat ride around the island, stopping at beaches or exploring schools of fish with a snorkel. Rest at a tiny motu with a picnic and the best view in the world. Continue along at your own pace with the only goals of luxury and relaxation.
- Bora Bora’s lagoon is a popular stop for around-the-world and avid vacation sailors. Couples can also rent a Hobie Cat or take a half-day or sunset cruise around the lagoon on a giant catamaran with music.
- For those seeking some adventure, take the interior roads in a 4×4 excursion around the tiny island and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views. You can also feed sharks and rays by hand in the shallow lagoon waters.
- Explore the island via horseback or visit the Lagoonarium to spy on the sharks, turtles, rays, and many other kinds of fish.
- Those interested in history while in Bora Bora can check out the ancient marae temples along the coast and discover World War II relics.
- Bora Bora offers world-class dining options at the resorts and at island restaurants. They usually have excellent lagoon views and some feature after-dinner Polynesian shows with great musicians and dancers.
- For those seeking retail therapy, Bora Bora has you covered there too. Discover world-renowned shopping boutiques and seek out local and international art, wood handcrafts, and Tahitian pearls.
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa
Moorea, the “Magical Island” of nature is 11 miles northwest of Tahiti and easy to reach from Tahiti. The island’s dramatic mountains with threads of waterfalls grace the soft cliffs and pinnacles with the feeling of peace and serenity. Moorea’s bright blue lagoon will be forever etched in your memory. If you are a diver or love to snorkel, Moorea is unbeatable.
The fertile valleys on Moorea are home to plantations of cotton, coffee, sugarcane, and pineapple. And the mountains are easily accessible. Pastel-painted houses with meticulous gardens and simple villages will give travelers a view of the local culture.
Moorea may be more cost effective (depending on resort selections) and a bit more laid back. The reef on Moorea is a draw for travelers. Like Bora Bora, you can also stay in an overwater bungalow offering stunning views.
Things to do on Moorea
- Some of the best diving can be found on Moorea throughout the entire year. Moorea’s unique landscape above water continues below the water. Divers will see a range of canyons, chasms, and promontories. Divers are often surrounded by schools of small and large marine life.
- Travelers can take a helicopter into the canyons or venture on a 4×4 past valleys, streams, up to waterfalls, and past plantations. Take a hike to waterfalls and spend the day in Moorea’s majestic mountains.
- Belvedere Overlook is Moorea’s most spectacular site and is easily reached. Travelers will marvel at the panoramic views of the twin bays and the plantations.
- Moorea Dolphin Center is the perfect spot to be for an encounter with a friendly dolphin. Adults can swim side-by-side with dolphins and can take an educational excursion on a dolphin-watching boat.
- Papetoai Village is filled with history. Travelers can also see the octagonal church located in this northern coastal village. It was established by the London Missionary Society in 1822 and it is the oldest European building still in use in the South Pacific.
- Polynesian spas have special local treatments and oils for the perfect escape. Treatments can be outdoors just before sunset and finish with champagne and Moorea’s famous sunset glows.
- Besides its natural beauty, Moorea is blessed with many amazing restaurants, each with stunning views alongside the lagoon. The resorts offer romantic open-air dining while serving French, Italian, Chinese, and Tahitian cuisines.
The bottom line is that travelers cannot go wrong with either Bora Bora or Moorea. It matters most to understand what you are looking to do and how much time you have. Then, we will be able to make the right decision on where to vacation. Of course, if time permits, there’s always an option to visit both islands! But you might want to make sure you have enough time first. For more recommendations on how to see Bora Bora or Moorea, timing of your trip, and excursion options, give us a call or chat with us!