As one of the most exquisitely beautiful places in the world, Bora Bora seems almost made for honeymoons. It’s easy to understand why so many couples choose this once-in-a-lifetime destination to celebrate this major milestone in their life together. Here’s how to get started planning your honeymoon in paradise.
How to Plan
Start early – Honeymooners can often take advantage of the discounts offered by special honeymoon packages that include flights, activities, and accommodation. The sooner you start researching packages and costs, the more likely you’ll be ready to act when great deals come along.
Share in the planning – Your trip will be more meaningful if you and your future spouse plan together. This seems intuitive, but in reality, one person often ends up managing most of the planning alone. The trip is more likely to be truly memorable if you both take an active role in choosing your activities and experiences.
Travel your way – Recommendations from travel websites and friends can certainly be helpful when planning your trip, but remember that Bora Bora’s “must-do” experiences are not one-size-fits-all. For example, don’t feel pressured to schedule activities everyday if all you want to do is relax together. Plan a honeymoon that matches your unique interests and trip goals.
Where to Stay
For a no-frills paradise – The basic Polynesian bungalows at Village Temanuata are perfect for couples honeymooning on a budget. This family-owned resort is located on popular Matira Beach, within walking distance of plenty of shopping and dining options. The simple fan-cooled bungalows come equipped with a patio and private bathroom with hot water shower.
For an intimate escape – Located on its own private island, the St. Regis Resort Bora Bora adds an additional level of secluded romance to your vacation. The resort’s beachfront and over-the-water villas feature inspiring views of Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora, and the surrounding islands, plus come with personal butler service.
For unparalleled luxury – Featuring entirely over-the-water accommodation and home of the exclusive Deep Ocean Spa, Intercontinental Thalasso Spa offers exceptional opportunities for couples to relax and indulge. Guestrooms include glass walls and tables that provide extraordinary views of the island’s underwater life. On-site Corail Restaurant is known for its outstanding wine selection, boasting the largest wine cellar in French Polynesia.
What to Do
Shop for a unique souvenir – French Polynesia is renowned for its unusual black pearls. The highest-quality pearls can be found at specialty shops in Vaitape or more affordable gems are available at various craft markets around the island.
Stake out the best spot for sunset – Restaurant St James offers fantastic views of Bora Bora’s sunset, making it the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner cocktail with your sweetheart. With a menu of French-inspired seafood dishes, it’s worth staying around for dinner after the sun dips below the horizon.
Kick up the adrenaline -Jet ski and waverunner adventures offer a chance to experience a different perspective on the island, while also trying a thrilling new activity together. Rent jet skis by the hour or sign up for a guided tour with Matira Jet Tours or Moana Adventures.
Share a private picnic – Arrange a private picnic on one of the beautiful small islets that surround Bora Bora’s main island. Most tours include an intimate barbeque dinner overlooking the water, along with stops at popular snorkeling sites on the way to the islet.