3 Days In Bora Bora A Tropical Paradise

breakfast delivered by boat at Pearl Resort

Bora Bora, a picturesque island in French Polynesia, is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a tropical paradise experience. With its turquoise waters, stunning landscapes, and luxurious resorts, Bora Bora is the ultimate vacation spot for those looking to unwind and relax.

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In this blog post, I’ll be taking a closer look at a 3-day itinerary for Bora Bora and everything you can see and do during your stay. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveller, this guide will help you make the most of your time on this enchanting island. So, pack your bags and get ready to experience the magic of Bora Bora!

Where Is Bora Bora in the French Polynesia?

Bora Bora is a small island located in the South Pacific Ocean, northwest of Tahiti and approximately 160 miles northwest of Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia. Known for its turquoise lagoon, stunning coral reef, and white sand beaches, Bora Bora is a popular destination for honeymooners, celebrities, and luxury travellers seeking an exotic and relaxing getaway.

Hanging out at the beach for the day was on the itinerary for a visit to Bora Bora

If you’re planning a trip to Bora Bora, I’ve put together a 3-day itinerary to help you make the most of your time on this magical island. From swimming with stingrays to exploring the island’s lush interior, here are my recommendations for how to spend your time in Bora Bora.

Just One Tip: When taking inter-island flights, the planes are small and it’s important to keep in mind that there are severe weight restrictions, which are less than the weight for international flights. You will have to pack extra.

When Is The Best Time to Visit Bora Bora

Before I dive into the itinerary, let’s talk about the best time to visit Bora Bora. The island has a tropical climate, with sunshine and hot temperatures year-round. The best time to visit is from May to October when the weather is dry and comfortable, with temperatures in the mid-80s. November to April is the rainy season, with occasional heavy downpours, humidity, and temperatures in the upper 80s. Keep in mind that peak season is from June to August and December to January, meaning higher hotel rates and crowds.

Arriving to Bora Bora From Moorea

After spending a few days in Moorea, it’s time to head over to Bora Bora – the true epitome of paradise. You can take a domestic flight directly from Moorea to Bora Bora, or a ferry from Moorea to Tahiti, and then catch a flight to Bora Bora. Make sure to double-check flight schedules as they change frequently.

Just One Tip: If flying to Bora Bora from Moorea, grab a seat on the left side of the plane for spectacular views.

The quickest way to reach Bora Bora from Moorea is by plane. There are daily flights which take approximately 45 minutes.

3 Day Itinerary In Bora Bora

  • Depart Moorea – Arrive in Bora Bora and Relaxation
  • 3 Nights at Le Bora Bora Peal Resorts
  • Adventure and Island Tours
  • Relax at Le Bora Bora By Pearl Resorts
  • Depart For Tahiti Airport
  • Depart For Toronto

Day 1: Arrival and Relaxation in Bora Bora

After a short flight to Bora Bora from Moorea, settle into your luxurious overwater bungalow and enjoy the stunning view of the turquoise lagoon. Take a dip in the crystal-clear water, snorkel among the colorful fish, and soak up the sun on the deck. In the evening, savor a delicious Polynesian dinner while admiring the sunset and the starry sky.

Day 2: Adventure & Sightseeing in Bora Bora

For the second day of your unforgettable trip, embark on a thrilling excursion, such as parasailing, jet skiing, or shark and ray feeding. Or, if you prefer a more laid-back activity, take a romantic helicopter tour and marvel at the beauty of Bora Bora from above. In the evening, enjoy a private dinner on the beach, complete with candlelight, rose petals, and Champagne, and toast to the memories you’ve made.

The blue tip shark and jellyfish swim right under the over water bungalows at Le Bora Bora By Pearl Resorts

Day 2: Jetskiing Adventure

On my second day, I opted to go on a jetskiing adventure. I had never been and I thought “what better place than in paradise”. This exhilarating tour lasted approximately 3 hours. I was picked up directly at my resort and taken to the tour head-quarters where I was given a quick lesson on driving a jetski.

Plan on spending 1 day jetskiing when visiting the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora
Add a jetskiing adventure to your 3 day itinerary for Bora Bora.

The guides are experienced and there were no more than 4 jetskis per guide. This allowed for lots of personal attention which was very much needed.

Part way through the trip, we “docked” in the middle of a lagoon alongside the St. Regis Resort and indulged in a buffet of fresh fruit served directly on the jetski.

The guide served a freshly picked fruit buffet in the middle of the lagoon while on our jetski tour of Bora Bora
Enjoy a buffet of freshly picked fruit in the lagoon when taking a jetski tour in Bora Bora

Tours can be booked at the resort, however, I pre-booked my tour online prior to leaving for Bora Bora. Keep in mind that all tours books up fast, so the earlier you book the less chance of disappointment.

Day 2: Evening Island Exploration By 4 Wheel Drive

I ended my day with a Sunset and champagne 4 wheel drive tour around the island. The 4 wheel drive travelled up Oh My God Road where we had a birds eye view of the iconic Mount Otemanu. I was able to watch the sun go down while sipping a glass (or 2) of champagne. We also visited the oldest temple on the island, as well as the oldest church, however, the primary purpose of the tour was to view Mount Otemanu from the best location on the island. The guide provided us with an abundance of history and humour throughout the tour which kept us immensely entertained.

This tour came as part of my package which I booked through GoWay Travel, but it can also be booked in advance prior to departure for Bora Bora.

The only way to get to the Le Bora Bora By Pearl Resort is by boat, which typically runs every half hour throughout the day and evening
Boat is the mode of transportation to get from mainland Bora Bora to the Le Bora Bora By Pearl Resorts

Day 3: A Day of Relaxation Before the Long Flight Home

On the last day in Bora Bora, take the time to relax and enjoy the beauty of the island. Lounge on the white sand beaches, take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, and soak up the sun. Treat yourself to a spa day or a massage under the swaying palm trees. In the evening, indulge in a farewell dinner of fresh seafood and tropical cocktails, and reflect on the memories you’ve made during your 3-day paradise escape.

Sip on a tropical drink while relaxing on the white sand beaches of Bora Bora, a tropical paradise in French Polynesia

Bora Bora, with its stunning natural beauty and vibrant culture, is truly a unique island paradise that must be experienced to be believed. Whether you’re seeking adventure, romance, or relaxation, this itinerary is designed to give you a taste of what this magical place has to offer. So pack your bags, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey to French Polynesia’s crown jewel.

In Conclusion

With just three days in Bora Bora, you are still able to experience the best the island has to offer. From exploring the island’s lush landscapes to enjoying the watersports and relaxing on the beaches, Bora Bora is a real paradise for adventure seekers

Getting from Bora Bora to Toronto, Ontario

Getting home from Bora Bora will all depend on where home is. My home was Toronto, and it was a difficult and long journey home.

The resort I stayed at was Le Bora Bora By Pearl Resorts which is situated on one of the tolls in Bora Bora. The resort boat took me directly to the Bora Bora airport. I then flew from Bora Bora to Tahiti, which is the airport that all flights will depart from.

After 3 days in Bora Bora, it's really difficult to say good-bye to paradise.

The flight from Tahiti to Los Angeles was 8 hours, however it flew throughout the evening which made travel much nicer. I had a connecting flight in Los Angeles to Calgary and another connecting flight from Calgary to Toronto.

Just One Tip: If you have a connecting flight in Los Angeles, I would recommend ensuring that you have at least 3 hours between flights. Air Tahiti Nui does not partner with all airlines and it may be necessary to collect your baggage, go through customs, leave the airport to the check-in counter and re-check your baggage and go through customs again. 2 hours definitely wasn’t enough time.

Arriving to Winter in Canada after spending 3 day in Moorea and 3 days in Bora Bora
After 3 nights in Moorea and 3 nights in Bora Bora, arriving back home to Winter in Canada

It took a total of 36 hours to reach home! While the flights were long, and the transfers were difficult (especially in Los Angeles), Bora Bora was well worth it. It was a dream come true and I can now say that I’ve spent 3 days in paradise!

I hope you enjoyed your 3 days in paradise 🙂

Kelly xoxo.

Kelly is a writer and solo traveller who shares her adventures with the world. She is a mom, grandma, and lover of all things wine. She encourages solo travel and offers tips and advice on how to do it safely and confidently.


Kelly is a writer and solo traveller who shares her adventures with the world. She is a mom, grandma, and lover of all things wine. Kelly’s passion lies in exploring Canada and other parts of the world and sharing her experiences with others.

As a senior traveller, Kelly aims to inspire others to live their best life and not be afraid to venture out into the world on their own. She encourages solo travel and offers tips and advice on how to do it safely and confidently.

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44 thoughts on “3 Days In Bora Bora A Tropical Paradise

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  2. Primary Tinting

    This blog post about a 3-day itinerary in Bora Bora is amazing! The tips and recommendations you have shared are very helpful for anyone planning a trip to Bora Bora. I appreciate the information about affiliate links as well. I have a logical question – how did you choose Le Bora Bora By Pearl Resorts as your accommodation, and would you recommend it to others? Thank you for sharing your experience and expertise!

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  4. Barry Till

    This 3 day itinerary looks ideal. I would have no idea what to do here without some serious research so this is a great introduction to the island.
    I’ve never jetskied so that would be something I would definitely want to do and the 4 wheel drive island exploration also sits well with me.
    Some lovely photos here that encapsulates the scenery well – it certainly entices me to want to explore it.

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  6. Mitch

    It looks like there are so many activities to enjoy on Bora Bora. We would love to have a go at jet-skiing (the jet-ski buffet looked fun!) and parasailing, as well as seeing the sharks and rays. We’d also really enjoy exploring the island, particularly visiting the temple and learning about the history of the area. Sounds like you had an entertaining guide too.

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  7. James

    Good itinerary and looks like I would enjoy pursuing this. I enjoy the photos you have included of yourself which helps bring it to life. Goo suggests booking the tour online as it can leave some people disappointed when they show up expecting to get a place on the tour and it’s booked out! I am yet to brave the jetski but someday I will. Who knows maybe it will be in Bora Bora

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    1. Just One Passport

      This was my first time jetskiing. It was a lot of fun, but I likely won’t be doing it again anytime soon. The lagoons were so calm. I live on one of the great lakes which is extremely rough. You need to be experienced to jetski out there.


  8. BlondeAroundTheWorld

    This itinerary has everything you need to enjoy your stay on the island in a short amount of time. There are so many things to do and so many interesting activities, that having this post with tips is a precious help.
    I loved the photos where we can see you enjoying the experience. We can feel your enthusiasm and happiness!

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  9. thedctraveler9b7e4f7d4d

    Omg I don’t know how you left Bora Bora in three days! I wouldn’t want to leave at all. It’s nice that you got to relax before and after the adventure. The pictures look absolutely idyllic. I want to be as happy as you are in these pics 🙂

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    1. Just One Passport

      It was difficult to leave that’s for sure. It truly was just like I envision paradise to be like. Believe me that I needed that 1 day rest before the 36 hours it took to get home lol.


  10. Emma

    I love the idea of the jet ski tour. Very fun, and so nice that there are not huge groups so you really get the personal attention. Good to know about the small inter island planes- how long is the ferry as an alternative? I wouldn’t have guessed at the best time of year to visit so that’s good to know too. Everything in reading of yours about these islands is making me want to visit more

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  11. Lenore

    Bora Bora is a travel destination on my bucket list that I can’t wait to visit. Great suggestions on things to do and very helpful information on the best time to go.

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      1. D

        Ha! I get that. Hence why we haven’t been (yet). It was the same travelling to the Maldives. The trick is to make the stopover destinations a trip in themselves so you are not just making your way to the final destination, you’re creating a long itinerary of multiple trips. I call them stopover vacations 🤪


  12. solotravelstory

    Three days is rather short in Bora Bora but I understand this was part of your French Polynesia trip and you’ve also spend some time on the other islands. The jet ski tour would be more my thing (the honeymoon stuff and romantic activities aren’t really engaging for me) as this is more adventurous and a bit of thrill. It’s insane how much planning and time it actually takes to reach this remote place, but from your pictures it truly looks divine and worth all the efforts getting there.

    Carolin | Solo Travel Story

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    1. Just One Passport

      It was short, but honestly I wouldn’t want to spend more than 3 days in Bora Bora. I would have like an extra day in Moorea though and if I was to do it all again, I’d stay another few days to explore one of the other islands.


  13. Melanie

    Is three days enough in such a beautiful spot as Bora Bora? While relaxation is a must on a tropical island, I also like that there are some opportunities for adventure. I really want to make it to the South Pacific one day!


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