Concierge Recommendations

Bora Bora

Aug 9, 2013
Aerial View of Bora Bora, French Polynesia
The pristine blue and green waters of Bora Bora beckon visitors.
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

We asked Concierge Manager Eric Raynaud at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora to gather the savviest sightseeing suggestions he could find—not just his own but also those of other local connoisseurs, including some he works with every day at the Resort. Bora Bora justly deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, with its clear waters, undisturbed beaches, abundant wildlife and dramatic volcanic peak.

Helicopter Tour of Islands

Charter a helicopter and get a bird’s-eye view of Bora Bora. Soar around towering Mount Otemanu and over Mount Pahia, gaze down into the clear turquoise water below and spot dolphins, sharks and neighbouring islands. Touch down on one of these neighbour islands for an authentic tour of a black pearl or vanilla bean farm. The Resort can arrange a half-day experience with the local farmers, during which you’ll learn their trade secrets and have a hand in their end product, be it aromatic fresh vanilla beans or dazzling black pearls to be set as earrings or a necklace.

Discover Secret Snorkelling Spots

Take a private chartered boat with the Resort’s marine biologist for a half-day excursion to some of Bora Bora’s best and least-known snorkelling spots, and see spectacular coral gardens, schools of rays, blacktip reef and lemons sharks and other creatures of the sea. Gain valuable insight into the wonders of the underwater world at the Resort’s Lagoon Sanctuary, home to 100 species of marine life, and learn what we can all do to ensure this environment thrives in generations to come. Work with the marine biologist to graft coral and complete the experience by adopting a piece of your own, which you can come back and visit in the future.

Restore Inner Harmony at the Spa

Achieve inner balance with the Kahaia Haven Ritual, an ideal for sharing with a loved one in the Spa’s private overwater Kahaia spa suite. The skin-smoothing body treatment begins with cleansing using naturally exfoliating kahaia body scrub, enriched with Tahitian black pearl powder and native fragrant vanilla. The ritual concludes with a massage and holistic and calming Water and Light facial, rich in antioxidants and plant extracts, ensuring that the skin is hydrated, nourished and renewed.

Shopping for High-End Keepsakes

Tresors by Tahia and the Black Pearl Lounge, both at the Resort, carry excellent quality woodcarvings and stone carvings from Marquesas; tifaifai, quilts, pottery and tapa cloth; and many other Polynesian handicraft items.

Fire Dancers and Outrigger Canoes

To get a taste of Polynesian culture, take in the Resort’s Polynesian Dinner Show with musicians and fire dancers on the beach. Another opportunity to experience Polynesia is to go on to a ray ballet safari on a Polynesian traditional outrigger canoe.

Family Fun

The Resort has one of the most unique family programmes in the world. Kids for all Seasons is for the younger guests (ages 5 to 12) and Chill Island is specifically for teens (ages 13 to 17). Both offer all-day complimentary programming of recreational and cultural activities.

Explore the Great Outdoors

For a memorable outing, take an excursion on the Four Seasons Catamaran. You’ll spend time snorkelling, followed by a Polynesian traditional barbecue on a secluded private motu (islet) before heading back to the Resort. Or take a Jeep tour of the island—going up into the hills to overlook the island’s shores, neighbour islands and historic cannons from World War II.

Itinerary: A Perfect Day

Wake up to the sound of the ukulele playing traditional Polynesian songs as the Resort’s canoe delivers your breakfast directly to your bungalow. (The paddler may even take you on a short ride while a server prepares your table.) Visit the Black Pearl Lounge to choose an original piece of jewellery or a souvenir from the Marquesas Islands. Hop aboard a speedboat for a snorkelling tour of the island, and have lunch on a secluded motu. Spend the afternoon enjoying a Polynesian massage and coconut-milk bath. In the evening, get back on the water for a sunset cruise around the island. After sipping Champagne and nibbling canapés, your palate is primed for a main course of fresh sushi.



31 Comments about Bora Bora

  1. Donna McDowell says:

    Is there a Polynesian dinner show at the Four Seasons Bora Bora on either Friday, January 2 or Saturday, January 3?

    • Sarah Sams says:

      Hi Donna,

      Thank you for your comment. I have forwarded your request directly to the property and someone should contact you shortly. We hope you enjoy your time in Bora Bora!

      Kind regards,

  2. Bill Hendrix says:

    We will be staying at the Four Seasons the week of May 29 2015. We would like to celebrate my wife’s birthday at La Villa Mahana. Can the concierge make reservations for us at the La Villa Mahana for the evening of May 29th.

    • Sarah Sams says:

      Hi Bill,

      Thank you for your comment. I have forwarded your request to the property and someone should contact you shortly to arrange the reservation. We hope you and your wife have a wonderful trip and enjoy La Villa Mahana!

      Kind regards,

  3. Nikhil Modi says:

    I have made a honeymoon booking for mid December…. Not really sure about how to reach the resort after landing at the bora bora airport….. Please advise

    • Sarah Sams says:

      Hi Nikhil,

      Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I have forwarded your question to the property in Bora Bora and someone should contact you shortly with more information. Enjoy your stay–we hope you have a wonderful time on your honeymoon!

      Kind regards,

  4. Ryan Mish says:

    How can I get more information about pre-booking some excursions? I am going on my Honeymoon in early September and would like to do the following and more:

    ATV tours
    Jet Ski
    Bloddy Mary’s etc.

    Also, are all of these activities located on the main island? How do we get there from the hotel?

    • Jordan Carmichael says:

      Dear Ryan,

      Thanks so much for your comment! I’ve forwarded your request onto the Resort so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading,

  5. Brad says:

    Hi Martin!
    We’ll reach out to you directly on your questions, but in short – best to book excursions in advance to ensure a better chance of getting your preferred days and times. And yes on the tattoos!!! Looking forward to having you with us for your big celebration.

  6. martin mcloughlin says:

    also, we are getting married on your beach during our stay and we would like to get a traditional tattoo when we are there. can you help us with that?

    • Kelly Neubeiser says:

      Hi Martin,

      Thanks so much for your comments! I’ve forwarded your questions onto the Resort so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading,

  7. Martin McLoughlin says:

    Are excursions ever sold out? Will we be able to make decisions after arriving or do you recommend setting up ahead of time?

  8. Kathy says:

    I really would like to dine in the water at bora bora but not sure how to book it any help would be greatfull?

    • Kelly Neubeiser says:

      Hi Kathy,

      Hope you’re well! Thank you so much for your comment. I’ve forwarded your request onto Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora so someone should be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading,

  9. mry says:


    My husband and I are interested in scuba during May. How can we find more information on reservations and pricing?

    • Kelly Neubeiser says:

      Hi Mry,

      Thanks so much for your comment! I’ve passed your query along to the Resort so someone should be in contact with you directly.

      Kind regards,

  10. Abdulmuhsen Alfadhalah says:


    I have made reservations to come to Bora Bora at the end of May.

    I would just like to ask how is the weather in that time of year?

    Sunny? Cloudy? Rainy? Windy?

    Abdulmuhsen Alfadhalah

    • Kelly Neubeiser says:

      Hi Abdulmuhsen,

      I hope this finds you well! Thank you so much for your comment. The month of May is known as the shoulder season in Bora Bora and actually features some of the year’s best weather. During this month, it is usually warm with very few rainy days.

      I hope this helps!

      Thanks for reading,

  11. Blake Cannavo says:

    Good morning

    • How far is the boat transfer to the hotel? How long does it take.

    • We have a 7 yr and a 10yr old boys what activities do you have on the island for them to participate in?

    • How many place are there to eat ?

    • What activities are there for myself and wife?

    • Is there any shopping for my wife local markets, how to get there and how long?

    Thank you I will await for your response.

    • Kelly Neubeiser says:

      Hi Blake,

      I hope this finds you well! Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve forwarded your questions onto the Resort so someone should be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading,

  12. Ruth turkieh says:

    We are a group of 8 people, we will be arriving to Bora Bora on the Pacific Princee.
    We are interested in the helicopter tour, and then having lunch and spending the rest of the day in the resort.
    Please let me know if it can be arranged and how much it will cost.
    Thank you in advance.

    • Kelly Neubeiser says:

      Hi Ruth,

      I hope this finds you well! Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve forwarded on your request to the Resort so someone should be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading,

  13. Phil Quine says:

    Hi we are arriving for the day on the island on the solstice cruise ship on the 21 April and wonder if we can visit the hotel for a day on the beach and some lunch.
    The main purpose is however to view the hotel as we have been recommended by friends who have stayed there as the ideal venue for our wedding anniversary next year.
    Hope you can help and we look forward to visiting.
    Phil Quine

  14. Luisa says:

    My sisters and I are staying with you in late next month for 5 days. Is it possible to price and pre-book some of these activities already?
    - the helicopter ride
    - the private boat tour with the marine biologist
    - the full day catamaran tour
    I would also like to do a hike of Mount Otemanu. Is this something I can organise through the hotel?

    Many thanks,
    Luisa Jayme

    • Kelly Neubeiser says:

      Hi Luisa,

      Thanks so much for your comment! I’ve forwarded your request onto Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading,

  15. bill kemp says:

    Im interested in other activities, particularly fishing. Big Game, deep sea fishing? Any avalible?

    • Brad says:

      Hi Bill – lots of great fishing (everything from lagoon to deep sea!) The Concierge can set up whatever you’re looking for – and the chef will even cook up your catch for you. Enjoy!

  16. Michael Painter says:

    How do I arrange for a shuttle from the Bora Bora airport to the hotel?

  17. Isabelle Beekman says:

    Please send me the email for Dominique Petras at the Black Pearl Lounge.
    We stayed with you June 2010 as the Gary Ferguses and I purchased pearls from Dominique.
    Thank you

    • Sandra says:

      Hello, this is coming really late….
      Dominique’s email is
      mobile number +689 77 31 98
      Boutique : +689 603 103

      Hope this helps. Come back to the Four Seasons. still lovely there…
      Sunny regards,

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