Five Days in Paradise: Your Perfect Bora Bora Honeymoon Checklist

You have enough to worry about when planning your wedding. Here’s the perfect five-day itinerary for a Bora Bora honeymoon!

After the dress is dropped off and the checks are deposited, you and your new spouse will head to the airport to enjoy a week of Bora Bora bliss. Honeymoons are about indulgence, romance, and relaxation. This itinerary is the perfect mix of these things and can be followed exactly, or you can pick and choose as you see fit. We’ve also given you the top 10 things to know when traveling to Bora Bora.

Bora Bora is an island in the Pacific Ocean. It is located in the French Polynesia, and it is the overseas territory of France. There is, pretty much, no bad time to visit Bora-Bora, but still, the best time to visit might be in June, July, August and October.The summer lasts from November till April and is quite hot and humid, while the rest of the year is a bit cooler and dryer.

Arrival Day: Why Save the Best For Last?

1. Get Settled

Head to your hotel to get unpacked and familiarize yourself with your accommodations. The best bet for a hotel or resort is one that has private rooms directly over the water – make this something on which you splurge. Take a little nap (or enjoy some awesome, private, arrival sex) before taking a dip in the beautiful clear waters.

2. Have the Best Meal of Your Life


It’s your first night, so continue the celebration of your nuptials with dinner at La Villa Mahana. You will need to book your table well in advance as there are fewer than 10 tables at the restaurant and the food is some of the finest in the world.

Plan on spending hours over a fantastically prepared multi-course dinner expertly paired with wine choices. Don’t rush, don’t ask for substitutions, and be sure to consider the local tasting menu for the best experience.

3. Bedtime Bubbly

Order or pick up a bottle of champagne and enjoy sitting overlooking the water before heading to bed.

Day 1: Ease on in

A honeymoon couple drinking a cocktail on the beach of a luxury vacation resort in the lagoon with a view on the tropical island of Bora Bora

1. Take Your First Steps Together

Today is all about easing into your honeymoon with some relaxing activities to keep you and your beloved connected and happy. Start by taking a morning run on the beach. Not a runner? Take a walk, but spend time together doing something active near the water early in the morning. Enjoy being reminded of this truly amazing place in which you’re launching your life together.

2. Head to Town

If you’re staying on a motu (which you should be!), you’ll need to take a water taxi or boat ride across the lagoon to get to anyplace with shops. Head to a grocery store and pick up some food. Eating, like everything else, on Bora Bora is expensive and you’ll be dining out a few times. Balance the cost by purchasing food for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

3. Visit a Roulette

Routlettes offer quick, fun eating options at the side of the road. You’ll want to fuel up before getting back to your motu. This is how the locals eat and it will also keep your price down. Ask someone who looks like they know what they’re doing (regulars or staff) for suggestions of things to try.

4. Order in Lunch

After putting away your groceries, splurge on lunch delivered to your room. Many hotels offer romantic meals that will arrive at your place on a boat bedecked in beautiful flowers. Don’t forget the wine or champagne!

5. Couples’ Massage

Enjoy an early afternoon massage together by booking a couples’ massage either in a spa or right in your bedroom. Book a long massage, and relax while having all of the post-wedding tension smoothed from your every muscle.

6. Afternoon Delight

You’re on your honeymoon so do what honeymooners do; while you’re relaxed and slicked up from your massage, take time to make love. Do so slowly and attentively, lounging in bed and taking time to explore each other the way you did in the beginning. Lengthen the foreplay and you’ll both benefit greatly in the climax.

7. Motu Picnic for Two

Spoil yourselves with one more brilliant dinner. Book a sunset meal in your motu, which will arrive and be set up either under a coconut tree or in the shallow warm waters of the lagoon. Either way, you’re guaranteed a beautiful setting for a romantic dinner you’ll never forget.

Day 2: Explore and Seek Adventure

1. Keep Up the Routine

Start the day with your joint walk or run and a self-made breakfast from your previous grocery run. Then get ready – you’ve had a day and a half to relax so it’s time to have a little fun and adventure.

2. The View Down Below

Your first adventure on Bora Bora is an underwater bike tour. These independent submersibles do not require any knowledge of swimming or diving, keep your head dry, and don’t use any mouthpieces or other breathing apparatus. They guarantee the most comfortable underwater experience possible.

3. 4×4 Tour

Bora Bora and the French Polynesian region have a rich and storied history and there is no better way to hear it than while taking in the sites on a guided 4×4 off-road tour. Book one through Vavau and enjoy a mix of gorgeous scenery, traditional story-telling, and historical site visits and information.

4. Dinner Time

You’ve worked up an appetite between your underwater and off-road adventures so take it easy with another amazing dinner. Top restaurant Lagoon at the St. Regis offers gorgeous waterside views and a fresh, local menu with more delicious options than you’ll know what to do with. Order multiple courses and make sure you get different things so you can enjoy sharing dishes and finding new favorites.

Day 3: A New Perspective

1. Wake Up

Start your day with some exercise and breakfast in our room – you’re going to be busy today!

2. Hello Down There!

You’ve been exploring under the water and in an off-road vehicle but to truly know a place you have to see it from every angle. So, book a Bora Bora circuit on a helicopter and prepare to be amazed with the views. Helicopters offer glass bottoms, the ability to hover, and straight up and down directional flying, which means pilots can get you into places other crafts cannot. They are also a little less stable, but safe, so be prepared for a bumpier ride. The views will make it worth it!

3. Reconnect

Your adventuring has had you in casual clothes and around lots of others, so it’s time to reconnect with your partner and there’s no better way to do it than on a romantic tour. The Ultimate Private Tour is the most romantic of options and will have you snorkeling, swimming, sun worshipping, and sipping on delicious champagne. This is a fun way to see the island while also having some alone time.

4. Order In

You’ve been gone all day and active for two, so be sure to order dinner right to your motu where you can enjoy each other’s company over a quiet table in the calm waters. After taking time to digest, consider a moonlit swim in the lagoon before bed.

Day 4: Get Pictures While on Tour

1. Picture Perfect

Book a tour or two of your choice with Moana Adventure Tours – anything from snorkeling to a romantic tour to a sunset champagne cruise. Moana has a partnership with a photographer so besides your selfies, individual shots and the pictures you ask people to take of you at dinner, you can enjoy professional honeymoon photos for a life time. Everyone has great wedding shots, but honeymoon shots? Your album will be the envy of your girlfriends!

2. Real Alone Time

Rent a boat and head out on your own after packing up some snacks and beverages (non-alcoholic for the captain!). There are boat rentals available to licensed drivers who do not have boat licenses and this is a fun way to learn about the lagoons. Be sure to follow all safety instructions and obey all posted signs for an enjoyable, tour guide free excursion on the lagoon.

3. Diversion Dinner

Rather than a fancy meal, change it up by getting amazingly fresh, local eats at everyone’s favorite roadside spot, Fare Manuia. Don’t let its thatched roof scare you off – you will have an awesome meal here whether you go for French or Asian-fusion. Enjoy a few beers after dinner before heading back to your motu to rest up for your final day.

Day 5: Back in Ten

Easy Does it

For your final day, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and walk before heading out for today’s activity.

Back to the Sea

clear water of the lagoon of Bora Bora

Book an all-day private tour with Tonoa Tours and enjoy snorkeling and shark feeding your final day in paradise. Enjoy every minute of your day – it’s your last in paradise.

Savor the Moment

Use whatever is left over from your groceries to enjoy a final dinner of snacks and wine as you look out over the water and discuss the high points of your trip – there’s no better way to plan your return trip. A 10th anniversary seems like a good time to return!

Top 10 Tips for Travel to Bora Bora

Jetty with amazing ocean view on tropical island

  • French and Tahitian are the official languages of Bora Bora with English also spoken in the tourist areas. Fun fact: The Tahitian language does not have the letter “B,” so Bora Bora’s name is actually Pora Pora and means “first born” when translated into English.
  • The tap water is safe to drink. You can also purchase bottled water, but it’s very expensive.
  • There is no public transportation on Bora Bora and taxis are non-existent on the streets unlike in many other travel destinations. However, many companies have licenses to operate car services. You can have your hotel or restaurant call for you or call for yourself. The water taxi across the lagoon costs over $30 so plan your days’ itineraries wisely!
  • Don’t be nervous about sleeping in a motu. There are no poisonous snakes or insects on Bora Bora so you won’t get bitten. By anything!  Talk about Paradise.
  • Wearing a flower on your left ear means that you are in a relationship while a flower over the right ear means you’re single and looking to mingle.

There are two seasons on Bora Bora: Wet and dry

  • Book in advance and work with a reputable agent to make sure you are there when the weather is perfect.
  • Tattooing is a sacred art for native Tahitians and an art that is taken very seriously. It is considered an art that is sent to tattoo artists straight from the gods.
  • There are extinct volcanos all around Bora Bora, which give visitors gorgeous views. The geology is shaped by these – picture an undulating green landscape hugging pristine waters.
  • While Hawaii is larger and also a popular vacation spot, Bora Bora gets fewer visitors in a year than Hawaii does in 10 days. That means more seclusion, fewer crowds, and a cleaner, quieter, more relaxed destination.

How long until your Bora Bora honeymoon and what are you looking forward to most?

Bora Bora is often given a 10 out 10 on the amazement scale by visitors.  In case you want to know a little more about paradise, here are 10 things you might not have known about Bora Bora.

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About the author

Nancy K.

When I’m not busy writing my next travel article, you can find me showing America to exchange students, hiking, cycling or planning my next vacation. My favorite destination is anywhere I haven’t been yet! You can follow or, better yet, talk to me on Twitter and G+.

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