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 birds-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, in which guests 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. Gain valuable insight into the wonders of the underwater world, and learn what we can all do to ensure this environment thrives in generations to come. See spectacular coral gardens, schools of rays, blacktip reef and lemon sharks, and other creatures of the sea—with a scientist to lead the way.
Restore Inner Harmony at the Spa
Restore inner balance with the Kahaia Haven Ritual, a life-embracing treatment 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, intertwined with Tahitian black pearl powder and native fragrant vanilla. Once the skin is prepared, a volcanic hot stone massage follows. Designed to maintain equilibrium and inner harmony, this ancient therapy, known as ofai in the South Pacific, grounds and centres the mind and body, ensuring physical and emotional balance. This ritual concludes with a holistic and de-stressing express facial, rich in antioxidants and plant extracts, ensuring that the skin is hydrated, nourished and renewed.
Shopping for High-End Keepsakes
La Boutique Orama and The Black Pearl Lounge, both at the Resort, carry excellent quality woodcarvings and stone carvings from Marquesas; tivaivai, quilts, pottery, tapa cloth and paintings by local artists; and many other Polynesian handicraft items.