3 Alternatives to Bora Bora

Ok, whoever heard about Bora Bora has heard that it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. You also couldn’t have missed that it is one of the most expensive places on earth too.

Looking for something just as pretty as Bora Bora but more budget friendly? Choose between these 3 alternatives to Bora Bora.

1. Tonga, South Pacific

Tonga island

Officially known as the Kingdom of Tonga, this is an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean. It consists of 176 islands of which 52 are inhabited.

Tongan islands are also known as the Friendly islands and the second official language, along Tongan is English. This means you won’t have any troubles understanding what people are saying. Clear waters and white sandy beaches are inevitable here, but Tonga offers so much more.

Try snorkeling or diving, or even whale watching. It is actually more of a whale swimming if you’re brave enough to share the waters with these gentle giants. You could also try some new sports like kite surfing, or take a guided tour along the islands. Kayaking, sailing, fishing and surfing are also available, but trekking and camping tours and bird watching could be interesting too. There is an abundance of rare birds on the islands and you should not miss the chance of seeing them.

There are several choices for accommodation, starting from best hotels to guest houses and backpacker’s accommodation. For more information about the Kingdom of Tonga visit their official site.

2. Raivavae, French Polynesia


Raivavae is an island located in French Polynesia, same as Bora Bora and it is already being compared to Bora Bora. What more could you ask for?

It is a tropical island, unspoiled with tourist activities. There are only a small number of pensions on the island and no super fancy hotels, and no crowd. The island has only around 1000 inhabitants. The pensions are very well equipped though; you won’t be lacking comfort in accommodation.

This hidden gem of an island offers you a peaceful and cheaper holiday than Bora Bora does. Yet, you will be able to enjoy the crystal clear water and white sandy beaches. You could also take a hiking trip to the magnificent mountains on the island and enjoy the stunning view from the bird’s perspective.

Check out the highest point of the island – the 437m high, top of a dead volcano. Anyway, if you can’t give up French Polynesia and can’t afford Bora Bora, Raivavae is the place for you.

3. Bali, Indonesia

view of a lake at bali indonesia

The Indonesian island of Bali has been a tourist heaven for many years. It is the perfect alternative to Bora Bora, because it offers so many wonderful things and it’s not as fancy as Bora Bora is.

Bali is famous for its traditional as well as modern dance, sculpture, painting and music. When it comes to things to see and do, let me just say that the list is really long. Bali offers some of top notch exclusive things like yacht cruises or helicopter rides, but there are also a lot of fun activities for “the common man”, like fishing, diving, water sports or visiting the zoo or the botanical garden.

This island paradise is a mecca for tourists – and no wonder. Check out these must-see destinations and once-in-a-lifetime things to do in Bali.

Don’t forget to hit the restaurants and try the local cuisine or even take a class of Balinese cooking. Night life is very vibrant and it will not disappoint. Whatever you choose to do in Bali, you will have a wonderful time. Check out the official website for more useful information.

Check out this video below, so you can discover something more about Bali.

See, Bora Bora is not really the only place in the world worthy of your attention. There are lots of great alternatives to Bora Bora that can even be better.. Choose the one you like best and plan your next great vacation.

If you’ve already visited any of these places, feel free to share your experience.

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