We can all agree the small island of Bora Bora, is one of the world’s most coveted and unique beach destinations. The tropical mainland is composed of the dormant volcano, Mount Otemanu. While the coasts are surrounded by sand islets and an amazing healthy barrier reef. It rivals even the Great Barrier Reef in Australia! But when is the best time to visit? Well keep reading and I find out why June is the best time for Bora Bora!
Bungaloos, Mt. Otemanu, and the ocean in Bora Bora
You’ve seen pictures, but you might not be a true believer in the beautiful blues of Bora Bora. Once you hop on a plane in June and head over to the island in French Polynesia you will be a believer! During the month of June, the sea is a balmy average temperature of 82 F. This means that June is a popular time to visit Bora Bora. Also one of the best months of the year for your perfect relaxing beach vacation!
How to get there
Bora Bora may be very far away from certain parts of the world, but thankfully, due to its popularity as a vacation destination, getting there is not as difficult as you might think! In fact, traveling to Bora Bora from the US is similar to how you’d get to Hawaii.
From the west coast, especially LA, there are straight-shot flights to Tahiti (airport code PPT), and from there you can catch a flight on Air Tahiti to Bora Bora (airport code BOB).
If you’re flying from Europe, you can catch a direct flight from Paris (airport code CDG) on Air Tahiti Nui, before switching to Air Tahiti for an inter-island flight to lovely Bora Bora.
Since you’ll have to travel through Tahiti to get to Bora Bora, you might like the idea of extending your beautiful beach vacation to include a couple of days on Tahiti!
As the largest French Polynesian Island, Tahiti is less touristy than the surrounding islands, and you’ll have a unique opportunity to relax on beaches with locals, or explore the public gardens and museums inland to learn some rich local history!
Tahiti and its sprawling city on the green island
Things to do on Bora Bora
During the month of June, you’ll have the best weather to spend your days outside relaxing on the sand while gazing at the otherworldly beautiful of Bora Bora’s waters. A great place to start is Matira beach, a public access beach that stretches along a peninsula on the south side of the island. With both the white sand and the crystal clear aqua water of Bora Bora, Matira beach is perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sun, or diving into the warm ocean for some snorkeling.
Matira beach is perfect for tanning, swimming, and even grabbing a bite to eat
Pofai Bay, and the Bora Bora Lagoonarium
Two other must-see spots on Bora Bora’s coast line include Pofai Bay, and the Bora Bora Lagoonarium. Both locations combine the sand and sea with the amazing sea life so unique to the island and the South Pacific. At the Lagoonarium, you’ll be able to snorkel with turtles, rays, and even harmless sharks! The name comes from a combination of the words “lagoon” and “aquarium” which is fitting considering the area is a naturally formed sort of aquarium where sea creatures gather. By booking a tour with a local wildlife guide, you can spend a half or full day at the lagoonarium and see the stunning natural underwater habitat of Bora Bora with your own two eyes!
If just looking from above while snorkeling isn’t enough sea life interaction from you, make sure to head over to Pofai Bay! Again, through local wildlife guides, you’ll be able to participate in a tour that will take you snorkeling through coral reefs, natural sea lagoons, and best of all, Pofai Bay where there are friendly Black Tip Reef Sharks and stingrays. Depending on your guide, they may even feed the sharks and stingrays which means you’ll witness something very unique! Bring your underwater cameras for the photo opportunities!
A group snorkeling with Black Tip Reef Sharks, check out the fins!
Although the beaches and waters of Bora Bora are enough to keep you occupied for your entire vacation, it would be a shame to miss the views from Mt. Otemanu in the heart of the mainland. You can hike up parts of the mountain, or take a local tour in a 4×4 jeep that will whisk you away to the best views around. The hikes are fairly strenuous, with sections where you’ll need to use ropes to scale very steep areas. The resulting views however, are worth any strain as you’ll gaze down at the rest of the island and the beautiful sea and sand bars that help make Bora Bora’s sea habitat so special.
Stunning sea blues and endless views from Mt. Otemanu
Where to Stay
To experience the perfect mix of local attention, private relaxation, and adventurous outings, stay at a place like Bora Bora Bungalove! Owned by a local couple, the mini resort is private, personal, and right on top of the sea. You’ll be able to wake up, make a coffee or tea at home, then head outside with your snorkel gear to jump right into the ocean outside your bungalow! Or, you could take one of the free provided bikes and go for a short ride down to Matira beach or the main city of Vaitape (head there if you want souvenirs or groceries!) Like many locally owned mini resorts on Bora Bora, this is a small location and gets booked quickly, so book in advance for the month of June to be able to take full advantage of the wonderful island while living like a local in luxury!
Take the best vacation of your life next June. It could be you in that hammock!
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