3 Bora Bora Adventures You Must Experience Once in Your Lifetime

With its coconut white sand beaches and cobalt skies, Bora Bora promises escape and adventure all on one French Polynesian island.

Tucked in the South Pacific, Bora Bora possesses a rare beauty, with landscapes and colors found in dreams and paintings. Here, the water curls into a thousand greens and blues, turning sky blue and sapphire, then cyan and emerald in the sunlight.

In “Tales of the South Pacific,” author James Michener called Bora Bora “the most beautiful island in the world.” Michener said the island was “so stunning, there are really no adequate words to describe it.

Today, nature lovers and curious travelers flock to the island to experience its beauty first-hand. So, whether you come to explore the outdoors or to indulge your senses, you’ll find everything you need here.

Below are three ways to experience this island, along with tips from travelers. See the slideshow below (view in the browser) to learn more about Bora Bora or skip ahead to the adventures.

Overwater bungalows by Paulina Cadore /iStock

Adventure #1: Hike the Twin Peaks

Mount Otemanu by TriggerPhoto / iStock

Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia promise the perfect viewing points to see the lagoon in full. Nestled in the heart of the island, Otemanu and Pahia form the twin peaks of an extinct volcano and mark the island’s highest points. Legions of hikers hit the trails each year, says USA Today’s Leo Champion.

But beginner hikers beware: You may want to start small. Beginner hikers may want to start with Mount Pahia, the smaller peak, says Jean Adams, 64, a veteran hiker who tackled both peaks in 2014.

“Mount Pahia is less intimidating, so I’d start there,” she says.

Still, you don’t have to be a hiking champion to enjoy these scenic spots. You’ll find plenty of other ways to explore the peaks, says travel agent Nicole Humphrey. For instance, hire a jeep, a boat, or a helicopter tour, Humphrey says, or just snap pictures from the beach.

But whichever route you choose, you won’t soon forget your adventure.

Adventure #2: Private Boat Island Tour and Snorkeling

Blacktip sharks by Stephan Debelle / iStock

Private snorkeling tours are another exciting way to explore Bora Bora. Book your three- or six-hour tour through your hotel or travel agent and enjoy a spacious boat to yourself.

You’ll snorkel with a certified captain, who will customize your trip and teach you safety tips before you start. So, bring your suntan oil and soak up the sun as your captain whisks you out to sea. Later, enjoy lunch on a private beach before your snorkeling tour begins.

Then, swim with the stingrays. Although you’ll snorkel in shallow water, look out for blacktip reef sharks, known to frequent the area. So, prepare to use those safety tips your captain taught you.

Three-hour tours last from morning until noon and include hotel pickup and drop-off. Six-hour tours last from morning to mid-afternoon and include lunch, with prices from $565.

Adventure #3: Skydiving

Skydiving by Kamil Pietrzak / Unsplash

All you fearless travelers out there will want to book a tandem skydiving session for an adrenaline-fueled adventure. However, this adventure isn’t for everyone. If you have a heart condition—or are just terrified of heights—you may want to reconsider. Otherwise, prepare for the thrill of your life.

After your training session, take a 25-minute flight overhead. Next, prepare your parachute, count to three, and hope for the best as you shoot to the ground at breakneck speed.

Then, free fall at 124 mph (200 km/h) for a heart-thumping 40 seconds. Feel the wind whip your face and enjoy the 360-degree island view as you hurtle toward the earth like a human missile.

Your session includes 25 minutes flight time, six minutes parachute time, 15 minutes of training, and a 40-second free fall, says Viator. Prices start at $1,110 for three hours.

Watch this video to see Bora Bora skydivers in action.

Bora Bora Flight Information

To get to Bora Bora, fly to Pape’ete and then catch a 50-minute flight to Bora Bora. A popular route for U.S. travelers is to fly Air Tahiti from Los Angeles to Pape’ete and then continue on to Bora Bora.

COVID-19 Travel Tips

COVID-19 by Fusion Medical Animation / Unsplash

As of August 22, 2021, French Polynesia reports 36,372 total COVID-19 cases and 257 deaths, according to the Reuters COVID-19 Tracker. So, you may want to plan your trip now but delay travel.

See here for the U.S. State Department’s latest travel restrictions. Also, visit the Island of Tahiti’s website for more COVID-19 travel information.

Final Thoughts

When you travel to Bora Bora, you’ll find this island offers the best of two worlds. It promises a sanctuary for travelers seeking escape and adventures for nature lovers. With its year-round warm weather and natural beauty, Bora Bora guarantees fun for most travelers.

But whenever you visit this island, you’ll likely find it as unforgettable as author James Michener once did. Here, you’ll create memories to last for life. And those memories of the island’s coconut white sand, tangerine sunsets, and marbled blue waters will never leave you.

Suggested Reading

  • For underwater island adventures in the Maldives (and one in Dubai), see this post.
  • Read about the world’s first seven-star hotel in Dubai here.

Adventures in Dubai: Discover Private Islands and Other 7 Star Surprises Here

Head to Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Hotel for a one-of-a-kind adventure. Here, seven star surprises abound: islands rimmed with designer beaches, lobbies swathed in Swarovski and gold leaf, and fleets of chauffeured Rolls Royce limousines.

But as a guest, you’ll enjoy many other amenities.

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You’ll also find yourself surrounded by seven-star companions. Since 1999, the Burj has served the world’s elite, from oil tycoons and investment bankers to golf pros and Kardashians. And with its royal service, the five-star Burj has earned a reputation as the world’s only seven-star hotel. As a result, legions of A-list guests flock to the Burj each year.

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Seven-Star Experience

But as many guests have noted, the Burj’s seven-star reputation also extends to its design. At 1,053 feet tall (321 meters), the Jumeirah-run Burj is the world’s seventh tallest hotel and Dubai’s seventeenth tallest building. The Burj Hotel is also one of the world’s most expensive, costing $1 billion (€8.47 million) to build.

But with its sleek sail shape and designer-beach landscape, the Burj embodies cutting-edge architecture and design, says Jumeirah. Every detail—from the 590-foot atrium to the 24-karat-gold elevators—was crafted to perfection, Jumeirah says.

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When you arrive, you’ll notice this keen attention to detail inside and out. As you tour the grounds, you’ll find man-made beaches, infinity pools and five-star restaurants and spas.

You can also book a Hammam at the Talise Spa, which offers sweeping city and sea views from the hotel’s eighteenth floor. Afterward, hire a 15-minute helicopter tour if you have another $2,700 (€2,287) to spare. Then, complete your tour with a helipad landing.

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This isn’t your usual helipad, though. This multipurpose structure converts into a golf green, a tennis court, and even a concert arena. This feature alone has drawn many celebrity guests, including athletes and musicians. According to Business Insider, Tiger Woods, David Guetta, and Andre Agassi have all made appearances.

But the helipad isn’t all that attracts celebrity guests. Just wait until you step inside.

When you enter the Burj, you’ll discover luxury on another level. You’ll find an interior draped in over 19,000 square feet (1,790 square meters) of gold leaf, Jumeirah says, along with flooring made from the same Statuario marble as Michelangelo’s David. Then, stroll past the tiered marble fountains laced with gold and see the golden elevators and revolving doors.

Keep walking, and you’ll find Junsui, a five-star restaurant modeled after the Milky Way. There, you’ll find the world’s largest Swarovski ceiling, made from over 20,000 crystals, Jumeirah says. Visit at night; you’ll feel like you’re dining under the stars.

Seven-Star Guest Amenities

As a guest, you’ll enjoy many amenities. For instance, all guest rooms are suites, but if you’re feeling bold, you can upgrade to the 8,000-square-foot (743-square-meter) Royal Suite for $24,000 (€20,274) per night.

Then, head to your room, and you’ll find other perks. Duck-feather bedding, customized pillows, and Hermès lotions are a few luxuries on the list.

As if that weren’t enough, you’ll also enjoy 24-hour butler service, which you can arrange from your 24-karat-gold iPad. So, summon the butler if you’re feeling lazy. He’ll draw you a bath and leave strawberries, champagne, and caviar by your Jacuzzi tub, so you won’t have to reach too far.

Al Mahara: Simulated Deep-Sea Dining

After your bath, get ready for dinner at Al Mahara, the best seafood around, fans say. Run by Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw, Al Mahara serves seafood in simulated deep-sea surroundings. To reach the restaurant, board a mock submarine, which pretends to whisk you to the ocean’s floor in three minutes.

Inside, a golden tunnel opens into the dining space, where an aquarium covers one wall and casts an ambient blue light that mimics the deep sea. You’ll feel like you’re dining with the barracuda.

However, some guests struggle to enjoy their seafood next to the aquarium. So, feel free to request a seat by the door if you prefer.

Then, when you’re ready, open the menu and explore the savory seafood (or veggie) items. Try the salted sea bass or the tiger prawns topped with lemon butter, followed by toffee pudding. Or splurge on the seven-course chef’s menu with wine pairing.

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Final Thoughts

Next time you visit Dubai, head to the Burj Al Arab Hotel and the Al Mahara. With the Burj’s seven-star service and entertainment, you’ll create memories to last a lifetime.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 remains a concern, so you’ll want to stay safe while traveling. See here to learn about Dubai’s latest travel restrictions. You may want to plan your trip now but delay travel.

However, if you do visit the Burj before the year ends, you’ll enjoy discounts and travel deals. Book your trip by August 30 for stays until December 15, 2021, Jumeirah says, and you’ll receive discounts on your minimum two-night stay, along with other perks. See here for details.

For more underwater adventures, see this post.

Want to Learn Maltese This Weekend?

I wanted to share some Maltese language resources in case anyone felt like learning some Maltese this weekend. I’ve included a list of phrases and greetings, along with videos to guide you through the pronunciation.

The Maltese language has a beautiful ring to it, I think. Although Maltese is a Semitic language, it has Arabic and Italian roots. About 40% of Maltese vocabulary comes from Italian.

In the videos, you can hear traces of both languages. For instance, the word ġrazzi, for “thank you,” sounds like grazie in Italian. Some Maltese words also come from English. For example, “hello” is the same in Maltese and English.

Malta is a bilingual country, but almost all citizens speak Maltese at home. According to Malta Today, 97% of citizens cited Maltese as their primary language, with 75% speaking Maltese and 5% speaking English to their children. The remaining 20% reported speaking Maltese and English or another language to their children.

Maltese Phrases and Greetings

Photo by Linguanaut
Maltese lesson by TheHuSkY1984 on YouTube

Learn Maltese greetings in this video.

Learn Maltese by Jeanette Ellul on YouTube

This video teaches you how to conjugate “to be” in Maltese.

Maltese Alphabet

The Maltese alphabet has 29 letters:

  • A a
  • B b
  • Ċ ċ
  • D d
  • E e
  • F f
  • Ġ ġ
  • G g
  • Għ għ
  • H h
  • Ħ ħ
  • I i
  • Ie ie
  • J j
  • K k
  • L l
  • M m
  • N n
  • O o
  • P p
  • Q q
  • R r
  • S s
  • T t
  • U u
  • V v
  • W w
  • X x
  • Ż ż
  • Z z

As in English, Maltese vowels take long or short sounds:

A: Long “a” –  pronounced “a” as in “car” / Short “a” pronounced “u” as in “mud”

E: Long “e” – pronounced “e” as in “bed” / Short “e” – pronounced “ai” as in “pair”

I:  Long “i” – pronounced “ee” as in “seen” / Short “i” – pronounced “i” as in “bit”

O: Long “o” – pronounced “aw” as in “claw” / Short “o” – pronounced “o” as in “not”

U: Long “u” – pronounced like “oo” in “fool” / Short “u” – pronounced “u” as in “full”

That’s all for now. I hope you learn something, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

16 New Language Learning Videos

Hi, everyone! Just a quick announcement: I’ve added a new page with language learning videos in case anyone feels like learning something new this weekend. I will add videos over time, but there are several now to get you started.

Enjoy your weekend!

Videos here: https://travelsandfuntimes.com/language-videos-2/