Dream Destinations – Bora Bora

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The ultimate spot for relaxation around the world has to be Bora Bora located in the heart of French Polynesia. Of course, visiting this part of the world is incredibly expensive due to it’s luxurious stereotype and without doubt it clearly lives up to its expectations and reputation.

Here are my top 5 reasons that you have to splurge for this once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the gorgeous island of Bora Bora.

Over-Water Huts

Four Seasons

If you don’t think those over-water bungalows look cool, then maybe Bora Bora isn’t for you but I think you would hard pressed to find anything else around the world that is as relaxing as this! I can just imagine laying in bed in one of these villas listening to the waves surrounding you and then being able to walk out of your bedroom door and dive into the ocean – pretty cool right! The above shot is taken from the Four Seasons Bora Bora resort.

Bora Bora Photo Lagoon


The ultimate romantic spot in Bora Bora is also a photographers dream. Set in the heart of French Polynesia, this discovery excursion will help reveal the secrets of what made this lagoon so fabulous. A great way to see the local coral reefs and ocean life whilst at the same time capturing some amazing shots with your loved one.

Mount Otemanu


Mount Otemanu is the highest point on Bora Bora and partners with Mt. Pahia to form an extinct volcano that is now a truly beautiful part of the skyline surrounding the gorgeous ocean landscape. A haven for wildlife and a photographers paradise especially if interested in birdlife, this looks to be a perfect spot to get out those hiking boots and go exploring in the wilderness.

Local Cuisine


So many different cuisines to sample at the gorgeous hotels and resorts but surely the desserts are the most appealing when you see images such as the macaroon above!

Bora Bora Hotels

Four Seasons Bora Bora 2

There are so many amazing hotels to choose from in Bora Bora but they all have one thing in common – awesome swimming pools or ocean access! Imagine relaxing by the pool and then crashing under one of those canopies before sampling one of the delicious desserts. The more you think about this part of the world, the more you realize this is somewhere you have to go to just recharge your batteries and indulge in this natural beauty.

***This post is part of the 2014 A to Z Blogging Challenge (#DreamDestinations #AtoZChallenge)***


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Chris Boothman is the co-founder of A Brit and A Southerner. Born near Manchester, England, Chris moved to USA in 2006 where he soon after met his wife and travel partner in crime, Heather. They have since embarked on an amazing journey of travel as they challenge others to follow in their paths of working full-time but also being able to travel frequently! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Chris at [email protected]


  1. Ohh man, we just have to get here soon! I have been many places which look like post cards but I won’t believe this one until I am standing right there looking at huts out over the water like this, incredible!

    • I hear you Jeff! How can something this perfect be reality…It’s one of those situations that you have to see it to believe it I think. I am with you that I need to be standing on one of those balconies of the over-water huts to actually realize how gorgeous of a remote location Bora Bora really is.

  2. Bora Bora is one of those exotic locations that most people have heard about but don’t seriously think about visiting. But it looks like it could be a lovely place to stopover on a holiday to Australia or New Zealand. Beautiful photos, thanks.

    • Wouldn’t it be so awesome if money was no object and you could consider visiting places like Bora Bora whenever you felt like it. But then again, maybe it would lose it’s sense of remoteness if folks were able to visit there all the time. There are a few locations around the world that I would put into this category such as the Seychelles and Maldives but I would really love to experience this island for myself.

  3. So beautiful, wish I could be in one of those huts now! Such a photogenic place too. Bora Bora is also on our travel bucket list which seems to keep getting longer faster than it gets shorter!

    • Crystak – join the club, our bucket list is never ending at the moment! And it doesn’t help doing this A to Z Challenge on #DreamDestinations because it’s growing on a daily basis.

  4. I looked quite seriously at Bora Bora as a possible honeymoon location just over 10 years ago. In the end, I decided that it was just too much of a long haul from the UK and that a good chunk of our precious honeymoon time would just be spent at 40,000 feet. I would still love to go there one day, though… it really does look beautiful. 🙂

    • The remoteness of Bora Bora makes this especially difficult to get to pretty much from anywhere especially in the Northern Hemisphere. But I guess you have to judge whether the pros outweigh the cons of flying for so long to get there. Plus you have to add the extra issue of cost to this given that it is so expensive to go there. Realistically you would want to probably spend at least 5-7 days here to get full value of the cost of flights and length of time it takes to get there. I’m sure this is a perfect spot for a romantic honeymoon, we opted for Australia instead and don’t regret that decision at all!

  5. I honeymooned in Bora Bora (as well as Huahine and Moorea) and I can say it is every bit that gorgeous. We stayed at the Hotel Bora Bora in a beach bungalow but in Huahine we had a deep overwater bungalow. The wildlife you could see just snorkeling off your dock was unlike anything I had experienced in the Western Hemisphere. I hope it is still as unspoiled when I finally get to return!

    • We are so envious of the fact you get to go to Bora Bora in July, you are going to have an amazing time there Jessica. How long are you going there for? I can only imagine what that feeling must be like to wake up in the morning and know you can just go outside and jump off your balcony into the Indian Ocean – I mean seriously, it’s not even comprehensible unless you actually get to do this!! Looking forward to hearing about your amazing experiences there.

  6. I’ve always wanted to visit Bora Bora even if I wasn’t in a honeymoon, the imagery of nature, water and the elements look a photographers dream destination.

    • Does it ever rain there? I mean seriously, every time I look at pictures and talk to folks that have been there it’s sunshine and perfection all the time. What an absolutely picture perfect dream location.

  7. I was always dreaming about a honeymoon in one of those over-water huts, but at the end we didn’t have “enough” time and we decided to spend the whole 5 weeks honeymoon in New Zealand. Maybe for the 5 or 10 year anniversary 🙂

    • I don’t think you made a bad decision heading to New Zealand instead because honestly that is the top of my bucket list destinations right now! I would love to venture over to Bora Bora at some point but even after writing this post I still truly wonder whether this would be for me given that I am all about going places where you can get out and explore rather than just relaxing on a beach somewhere. Then again, when you have those over-water villas to look forward to and the Indian Ocean literally outside your front door, that may sway me in favor!!

  8. I’ve actually been to Bora Bora and still feel so lucky visiting this dream destination! Not only the surrounding are impressive, but the locals make you feel extremely welcome… Already dreaming of going back (but ow, it’s so expensive…).

  9. The ultimate relaxation destination! This has been on our list of ‘must-visit’ destinations for a very long time – especially the hotel you mention at the beginning. I hope one day that we can afford to splurge and make it, but I want to do it in style which is why I think we haven’t done it yet – yes we could go but it would not be with ultimate luxury in mind – and when I get to Bora Bora this is what I intend to have. 🙂 Great post!

  10. Stunning! Since the first time I saw a thatched roof over-water huts online I immediately decided this is where I wanted to honeymoon someday. I was a teenager at the time with little understanding about how vast and wonderful the world is but I still want to stay in a hut suspended over the water.

  11. Wow….this looks unreal. From the Pacific islands, I have only been to Hawaii, but I really would like to go to Samoa, New Caledonia and Vanuatu! I always thought of Bora Bora as a honeymoon destination and as you wrote, very expensive, but maybe one day I will be able to afford a trip there!

  12. That is definitely a once in a lifetime trip, unless of course you were to get hooked, which also looks like a strong possibility. It seems like a paradise in so many ways, I would love to go there, and also see the wildlife, that it is a haven for – idyllic.

  13. When we traveled through Oceania, we were doubting between Fiji and French Polynesia, and we went on with Fiji as it was much, but much cheaper. However, once I would love to back there (maybe not in a backpacker trip:) to visit French Polynesia, and Bora Bora of course is one of the most beautiful islands there. How crazy is that it’s literally at the other end of the world, and they use Euro just as we do:) Great post with photos that make me want to turn off the computer, grab my backpack and leave NOW:)

    • Almost looks too good to be true right! Stunning place in the heart of the Indian Ocean. Just hope we can get to go there at some point to fully experience what it is like.

  14. I don’t think you could have picked a better “B” dream destination, but I also worry that nothing else can beat Bora Bora – period.

    Can’t wait to go myself someday. (Not by myself, though, this doesn’t seem like the place for that.)

    • It’s almost one of those that it would have been nice if Bora Bora had started with the letter ‘Z’ so that it was the ultimate finale of the challenge. But then again, I think we have one or two more #DreamDestinations up our sleeve that will entice you to want to go there next 🙂

  15. Bora Bora is on my list of places to visit. My girlfriend just went a few months ago and stayed at the Four Seasons. She absolutely loved it!! I plan on relaxing in one of those villas one day.

    • I haven’t heard one person give a negative review on Bora Bora, which kind of surprises me a little given the crazy prices of actually getting there from pretty much anywhere around the world. But I guess when it costs that much you can create a pure relaxation spot that will keep folks coming back!

    • WE SURE ARE!! I think thats a great idea, maybe we can get a group and they will cut us a deal (or maybe I am just living in a dream world…oh wait a minute that dream world is where I want to be and it’s called Bora Bora).


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