Bora Bora, French Polynesia

  • Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  • Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Travel + Leisure

Pick up the ultimate Bora Bora souvenir at Nyco's, a jewelry shop that specializes in black and naturally colored pearls—champagne, gold, pink, turquoise. Ask a jeweler to string together pearls in any color combination you want.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora is universally revered as the quintessential vacation home for hopeless romantics. And why not? If its idyllic location isn't captivating enough, there's the sheer decadent beauty of the place. Silky stretches of deserted white sand. The rocky black peaks of Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia. And all of it bounded by a necklace of coral gardens dotting a fish-filled lagoon. Maybe this explains why honeymooners and Hollywood types have been enchanted with this Polynesian pearl for decades.

Must-Sees from the Editors of Travel + Leisure

Submarine Tour

Head 100 feet below the ocean’s surface to view Bora Bora’s pristine barrier reef, brimming with corals and exotic fish, such as stingrays, lemon sharks, damselfish, and the occasional turtle.

Villa Mahana

Bold and colorful paintings line the walls of this 10-table restaurant, where Corsican-born chef Damien Rinaldi Dovio uses native ingredients (Tahitian vanilla oil; coconut milk) in reimagined Mediterranean dishes. Make sure to reserve a table in advance.

Bora Bora Lagoonarium

This swimmable outdoor aquarium has three pools full of marine life, including parrot fish, turtles, and rays. The boat ride to and from the Lagoonarium is worth the trip alone—it sails the complete circumference of the island.

Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.