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.
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.