Bora Bora- Worth the Hike? Where to Stay? What is there to do? Where to eat? I’m answering it all! =)))
Michael and I have been to Bora Bora a couple times and always find ourselves saying “this is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.” Thank goodness for that because it isn’t exactly the easiest place to get to. For us, coming from Chicago, we do Chicago-LA, overnight flight from LA-Tahiti, then a quick little flight from Tahiti-Bora Bora followed by a boat ride to your hotel. No big deal 😆.
When Michael proposed in 2014 he wanted a beach wedding and I wanted a big Chicago wedding. So naturally we compromised and had the big Chicago wedding. However, little did I know Michael was also planning a wedding in Bora Bora.
In 2015 we stayed at The Four Seasons and LOVED our stay. The hotel grounds, staff, pool area and food were all outstanding! This last trip we stayed at St. Regis and the one noticeable difference was the villa size. They are significantly larger at St. Regis and since this is a vacation where you spend a lot of time in the room its nice to have a little more lounging space. It’s completely up to your personal preference. If you like spending more time out of the room at the main pool or doing water activities than the Four Seasons is perfect. If you want to stay in your bungalow and snorkel or float around there then maybe you’d enjoy some extra space in the room.
Both hotels have great dining options but there are also some great places on the main island. You can take a boat ride over for dinner and check some of them out. (Side note: St. Regis also has a boat dock directly across from the hotel so when you go over for dinner it is a short ride. Four Seasons does not have this so the boat rides to dinner are a bit longer).
Below I listed our favorite restaurants at each hotel and our favorites on the main island as well!
As far as activities goes each hotel has some fun water activities such as snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking or those super big fun water bike things. We also usually do a jet ski tour that goes around the island so you can really see all the different beautiful blues in the water. Our favorite activity, by far, is the snorkel tour day. Its a full day spent snorkeling in the most beautiful reefs off the island, swimming with stingrays and black tip reef sharks, and a private island Polynesian bbq. The BEST day! Highly recommend! I will admit the first time I did the tour I wasn’t thrilled to jump into the water with stingrays and sharks, however, they are unimpressed by humans and carry about their business.
Hope this little recap helped answer any Bora Bora questions you may have! Is this little slice of paradise of your bucket list? I mean where else can you stay in beautiful over the water huts with clear floors to watch the fish swim by. Bora Bora will always hold a special place in our hearts!