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Bora Bora Beaches

Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world, making it a perfect destination for a romantic getaway or a relaxing family vacation. Mount Otemanu rises majestically into the sky, adding to the drama of the island.

Matira Beach

Matira Beach is the premier public beach in Bora Bora. It is one of the only public beaches on the island, and it is certainly the most spectacular to visit. The beaches on each side of Matira Beach are privately owned, as are most beaches on the island. Looking out, you’ll see the clear water in varying shades of blue and green, and behind you are the lush green palms and rolling hills of the island.

The white sand beaches and the spectacular views make Matira Beach an amazing place to visit. Both you and your kids will have a great time swimming and playing in the water and the sand, as the water is calm and relatively shallow. When you’re ready to relax in the shade, just take a few steps back off the sand and you’re under the majestic palm trees.

At low tide, you can walk across the shallows all the way from Matira Point to the barrier reef. If you enjoy snorkeling, this is your spot. Go one direction and find a lagoon full of colorful fish; go the other direction and discover the coral reef, dubbed “the aquarium” by the locals, full of hundreds of species of tropical fish.

Just Off the Beach

From Matira Beach you can also take a short hike on a scenic walking trail where you will see where the United States military placed coastal defense guns during WWII. Although the guns were never used, it is easy to see why this spot was chosen. The panoramic views from this point are stunning, and you can see beautiful mountains across the lagoon.

Several jet ski tours are available starting from Matira Point, including a trip across the lagoon to Motu Roa and a snorkeling and swimming tour. Several restaurants are also on the beach, so you have everything you need to enjoy your visit.

Another thing to do while you're on the island is shopping for original art both from local and international artisans, perfumes, Tahitian pearls and wooden handcrafts. Every day in Bora Bora is a celebration, but one unique event happens every year in late November. The Ironman Bora Bora Liquid Festival offers amateur and professional athletes to test their mettle in all manner of water sports, including family relays. Evenings during the festival are filled with activities for everyone.

Bora Bora is a tropical paradise, so any time of the year is a good time to visit. If you’re looking for good weather and fewer tourists, however, November and April are your best choices. The weather turns rainy from December to March, and peak tourist season is May to October. One of the best things about Bora Bora is that the water temperature remains warm all year round.

Last Updated: January 29, 2015