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Top 5 Must-Sees in Bora Bora

Bora Bora is undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful islands in the world and although it offers plenty of activities to do, you should take a breather and appreciate in its natural beauty as well. For Bora Bora all inclusive vacations is an ideal starting point. Don’t let your vacation pass you by without at least taking time to enjoy the following 5 must- see places on Bora Bora.

Mount Otemanu

Majestically rising in the centre of the island are the remnants of a 3 million year old extinct volcano. Together with Mount Pahia, Mount Otemanu towers over the island reaching heights of 727 metres. The rocky, black faced mountain makes a spectacular contrast with the thick green surroundings, blue skies and crystal clear waters. The best views are by helicopter but if you prefer exploring by land, the volcanic remnant is best enjoyed below rather than closer to the peak. The path is confusing so it’s advised to take a guide or join a 4×4 tour.

Coral Gardens

This natural wonder is on a small islet off the main island. The stunning coral reef isn’t too far below water so all you need are snorkelling goggles to peek into the impossibly colourful underworld. There are some 700 species of marine creatures to see and many are curious and friendly to swim with. Here’s a tip, bring your beach sandals or surf shoes with you as the beaches there are corally and not soft sand. Dedicate at least an hour or two to explore the Coral Gardens. It promises an unforgettable experience!

Ancient Marae Temples

Like many tourist destinations, Bora Bora has a long and mystical past. Maraes are open-air stone temples with large altars that are raised and smooth coral platforms. Most of the stone slabs have engravings of turtles which were the sacred animals of the ancient Polynesian religion. The temples were used for religious and cultural ceremonies and there are over 20 that still exist on the island, of which you must see is Fare Rua on Point Farepiti. It is Bora Bora’s largest marae, carefully preserved and conceals important religious remains.

Coastal Guns from WWII

Interestingly enough, there are 7 rusty giant cannons placed strategically throughout the island. They once served as military defence outposts, protecting the island from the Japanese. As an base for war materials en route theSolomon Islands, nearly 5,000 men travelled to the island after the bombing of PearlHarbour. The cannons are over 20 feet long and while capable of protecting the lagoon from enemy threats with powerful explosive blasts, they have never had to be fired. Although you may never find a couple of these coastal guns without a guide, others are easily accessed via paths and 4×4 roads.


Vaitape is the island’s main town and what better way to learn about the people’s way of life than to visit the most populated city of the island. Here, you’ll see plenty of shops, boutiques, restaurants and food-vans frequented by the locals to chow down delicious and cheap food. Best of all, Vaitape is where the yearly ‘Mini Heiva’ dance competition is held.

So, at some point of your stay, leave behind the island fun now and then to enjoy the beautiful life, nature and history the island offers. You won’t want to look back at your vacation and regret missing these must-sees.

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