The most beautiful beaches of Bora Bora
In French Polynesia, you will experience an exceptional moment in one of the most beautiful places on earth. You might be tempted to spend more time in the water than on the beach. Indeed, the lagoon between the main island and the motu (islets of French Polynesia) will be your favorite playground.
Bora Bora and its lagoon cover an area of 3800 hectares. In the center of the main island, you will find the famous Mount Otemanu, the highest peak of Bora Bora which rises up to 727m. Traveling around its first crown, the 20 miles coastal road will drive you to several stops at postcard-perfect viewpoints. Then comes the second crown of the island, between the lagoon and the ocean; the reef barrier to observe some motu of coral and sand where luxury hotels like the Conrad Bora Bora Nui or the Four Seasons Bora Bora Resort are located.
Matira public beach : Bora Bora’s must see
At the island’s southern tip, Matira Beach is the only one open to the public (tātahi) in Bora Bora. This beach is mythical in French Polynesia and around the world for several reasons. It extends on both sides of Matira Point, at the far south of the main island of Bora Bora. Several hotels nestle along the beach and have great views without being inconvenient for their visitors: they are open to the public, especially their dining area. At Matira Beach, you can therefore enjoy hotels with bungalows facing the sea. Matira is perfect to stay, eat, sunbathe, and do some snorkeling around the lagoon : rays often swim by the beach.
Matira Beach is the finishing point of the world-famous va'a Hawaiki Nui race, which takes place every year at the end of October in Bora Bora. The va'a is the traditional Polynesian outrigger canoe. During this race, each team is composed of six paddlers. Thousands of enthusiastic visitors gather in French Polynesia to welcome the teams after their three-day marathon linking the islands of Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa, and Bora Bora. It’s a unique event that connects the Leeward Islands and its welcoming people. Travel during this event to experience the amazing atmosphere of the Hawaiki Nui !
Finally, this beach resembles the succession of features of an architect who cut the blues following lines of different dimensions and depths. This unrealistically blue lagoon is so unique that one could confuse its color with a swimming pool of the most beautiful resorts existing.
The show is magical and vivacious in Matira Beach, because depending on the sun, wind, clouds, or air humidity, the blues and greens vary and dissolve in a picture with iridescent shades. It is unforgettable. Don't miss the opportunity to stay on the beach until sunset, to admire the stunning colors that grace every evening in French Polynesia.
On the various motu in Bora Bora: Travel in Paradise
If you're staying on one of the island's motu, then you'll have other "Matira" available to you. All hotel and palace beaches have been landscaped, as have those of guesthouses and private motu. Each resort in Bora Bora will offer you a white sandy beach nearby or within the resort itself. The island of Bora Bora is known worldwide for its overwater bungalows.
To make the most of this experience, book your stay at one of the island's resorts: Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort, Bora Bora by Pearl Resort (formerly Pearl Beach), St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, Four Seasons Resort, or InterContinental Bora Bora Resort.
Each of these hotels offers overwater bungalows and many activities that will allow you to enjoy the white sandy beach of your motu during your entire stay in Bora Bora.
You can go snorkeling along the motu, sunbathe on the beach, go kayaking, or book a jet ski tour departing from your hotel beach.
No wonder that most of the Bora Bora resorts with bungalows are located on the motu: each of the Bora Bora motu displays beautiful colors, from the coconut trees’ shade, to the softness of this slow time. I can only invite you to enjoy these suspended moments, second after second throughout your stay. They are a rare and precious gift to cherish.