Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the French Polynesian Society Islands. It is a territory of France and its major settlement, Vaitape, is on the western side of the island. It is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef and in the centre of the island are remnants of an extinct volcano, rising to the peaks of Mt Pahia and Mt Otemanu.
Bora Bora is a romantic island. Its lagoon resembles an artist's palette of blues and greens. Lush slopes and valleys are smothered with hibiscus and white sand beaches lead to waters filled with coloured fish and giant manta rays.
Certainly there are some break-the-bank places to stay, but that doesn't mean everyone can't enjoy the beauty of Bora Bora. For starters, the airport ferry transfer is free, and as the island is so flat, you can get around under your own steam. The paved road follows the shoreline and dips in and out of beautiful bays. It's just 32km and easily done by bicycle, scooter or car in a day.
Novotel Bora Bora Beach Resort is a 20-minute pedal from the main town. The 80-room, three-star property has 10 two-storey Polynesian-style buildings set in tropical gardens and children under 16 years stay free! Another fantastic bonus is that you can use the facilities of the five-star Sofitel right next door!
The Novotel's restaurant has two terraces overlooking the lagoon and pool. They provide à la carte and gourmet menus, snacks and buffet breakfast. Delicious local specialties are served.
There are plenty of activities for families to enjoy kayaking, water and jet skiing, boating excursions and there is a private beach and snorkelling/scuba diving centre. For relaxation, head for the massage solarium or pool.
Vaitape has a helpful visitor information centre and its only street is lined with boutiques, black-pearl shops and women's handicraft centre.
Bora Bora, an hour's flight from Papeete in Tahiti.
Novotel Bora Bora Beach Resort rooms start at around $205 a night twin share.
Air Tahiti Nui has flights to Papeete.
- Sydney $1028
- Brisbane $1246
- Melbourne $1247
- Adelaide $1382
- Darwin $1667
Valid for sale and travel until November 30, 2008.
Prices correct at October 30, 2008.
For further information
Novotel Bora Bora Beach Resort
BP 174, Bora Bora
Ph: +689 60 59 50
Fax: +689 60 59 51
Air Tahiti Nui
Level 12, 403 George Street
Ph: (02) 9244 2337
Fax: (02) 9244 2321
Suite 3, Level 8, 25 Bligh Street
Ph: (02) 9233 4920 or (02) 9368 5262
Fax: (02) 9233 4906
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