Your Most Instagrammable Day in Bora Bora
What would you do with 12 hours in Bora Bora? Our guests share wanderlust-inducing photos of all the ways they while away a day in paradise.
Bora Bora is one of the most photogenic locales on the planet – an island of 12 square miles (31 square kilometres), rising from the turquoise Pacific just northwest of Tahiti – and Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora fits right in. Set on its own private motu (island) a mere 15 minutes by boat from the airport, with an archipelago of overwater bungalows lofted above the glass-clear lagoon, the Resort is a prime jumping-off point for a day of exploring the volcanic atoll and its surrounding seascape. Here, a photographic rundown of your #dreamday at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora – as shared by our guests and narrated by Four Seasons experts.
The best way to kick-start a holiday on Bora Bora is with a tropical breakfast. Yogurt topped with fresh fruit and a dusting of crunchy granola is practically de rigueur because it’s protein-rich yet light enough to keep you feeling swimsuit-ready. Place your order at the breakfast buffet, choose à la carte or stay in the coddling comfort of your suite and ask for the Canoe Breakfast. Who wouldn’t want a morning meal delivered by ceremonial Polynesian canoe?
With fresh exotic fruits, pastries, omelettes and, of course, yogurt on offer, Executive Chef Edgar Kano says proudly, “Our extensive options really do make this the most important meal of the day.” And if you do opt for delivery by canoe, be sure to take advantage of the complimentary whirl around the pontoons as your dining area is being prepared.
“Yoga is even better for the body and soul when it’s done over the water,” resort coach Romain Mouchel says, referencing the additive calming effects of the sea. Within the lagoon-side Spa, the yoga deck is lofted over the sea, serving as the site of both group and private classes in everything from Ashtanga yoga to Acu-yoga, which employs ancient acupressure strategies.
Take a Snorkel Safari
The calm waters of the Resort’s Ruahatu (God of the Ocean) Lagoon Sanctuary – where sea urchins, peacock damselfish and anemones, along with more than 100 other species, make their home – are a marine biologist’s dream. As such, you can join one for a snorkeling session as educational as it is awe-inspiring. Curious about the conservation effort? Post-snorkel, guests can take part in a coral-grafting lesson. Scientists monitor these grafts to determine which should be implanted for the betterment of the lagoon’s ecosystem.
Rinse and Repeat
You haven’t experienced a proper outdoor shower until you’ve bathed in your very own, set on a wooden platform above a crystalline lagoon. “All 100 of our Overwater Bungalow suites offer an outdoor shower on a private deck,” Resort Manager Diego Stembert says. “Guests can explore the lagoon below by descending their own ladder, and then rinse off under the shower without ever having to go inside.” You could very well spot sea turtles paddling by as you’re conditioning your hair.
Twilight seems to last longer at this longitude . . . all the better for tucking into a leisurely multi-course dinner on your private porch. “Even with all of our amazing restaurants, most of our guests will enjoy at least one private dinner in their suite during their stay,” says Kano. “There’s nothing like a table for two over the water on your own deck.” Among the choices on the in-room (or on-deck) menu: locally caught sautéed Moorea garlic shrimp and grilled spiny lobster, with Taha’a vanilla crème brûlée for dessert.
An Illuminating Display
Bora Bora culture is always on the agenda here, and every Monday night the Resort presents a Polynesian Dinner Show with traditional local music and fire dancing. “Our Polynesian Dinner show is a great opportunity for guests to mingle,” says Chef Concierge Eric Raynaud, “and the performances are truly captivating.” Not to be overshadowed is the menu: Offerings include coconut salad, crab cakes and Tahitian Firi Firi doughnuts.
Aim for the Stars
There may be no better way to cap off a perfect day in Bora Bora than taking in a light show: the stars. The low level of artificial light here means they’re as glittery as can be, especially on the Resort’s two-and-a-half-hour private Fenua stargazing sunset cruise.
“The night skies here are stunning, and you can enjoy the stars from anywhere, but the Fenua cruise is the ultimate,” says Raynaud. You and up to eight guests of your choosing depart at dusk, sailing as the sky morphs from azure blue to marmalade orange, and stop at a private motu to watch, with bubbly in hand, as the stars appear.