Moorea v Bora Bora Which Island In Paradise Is Right For You

Which Island is Better Moorea or Bora Bora

Moorea and Bora Bora are two world-renowned island paradises in French Polynesia, both tempting travellers with their turquoise waters, palm-lined shores, and awe-inspiring natural beauty. But which one is the right fit for you? Let’s take a closer look.

Moorea, often called the “sister island” of Tahiti, is a lush and mountainous destination that exudes a laid-back vibe. This island has a more local, authentic feel than some of the other touristy spots in Tahiti, which allows visitors to immerse themselves in Polynesian culture. Hiking and adventurous activities are popular here, including climbing up to the Belvedere lookout, swimming with sharks and rays in their natural habitat, or exploring the island’s waterfalls and gardens.

Between Moorea and Bora Bora, the water in Bora Bora is much clearer and bluer than in Moorea.  Which island paradise is right for you?

In contrast, Bora Bora is all about luxury and indulgence. It’s a honeymooner’s paradise, boasting romantic overwater bungalows, impeccable service, and some of the best resorts in the world. With its famous lagoon, Bora Bora is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and diving, where you can see manta rays, sharks, and vibrant coral reefs.

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About Bora Bora

Bora Bora is a small island nestled in the South Pacific region of French Polynesia. Known for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear lagoon and luxurious resorts, Bora Bora continues to capture the hearts of tourists from all over the world. Its turquoise lagoon is home to a variety of marine life such as turtles, sharks and colorful fishes, making it one of the best destinations for diving and snorkeling.

The paradise island of Bora Bora is known for its luxurious over water bungalows, while Moores is better know for its laid back atmosphere

The island is also renowned for its overwater bungalows, offering visitors the unique experience of staying above the lagoon while enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding beauty. Bora Bora has an abundance of activities for visitors to engage in such as island tours, sunset cruises, jet skiing, and parasailing.

About Moorea

Moorea is also a beautiful island located just a short ferry ride from the island of Tahiti. It is known for its lush green mountains, stunning waterfalls and pristine beaches. Visitors to Moorea will enjoy the island’s laid-back atmosphere, cultural and traditional dance performances, and delicious Polynesian cuisine.

Unlike  Bora Bora, Moorea has a lush, rugged coast and is the perfect island in paradise for adventure seeking vacationers

Moorea is also a great destination for water sports enthusiasts with various activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the island’s pineapple plantations and hiking through its lush rainforest to discover hidden waterfalls.

Is Moorea or Bora Bora easier to get to from Tahiti

Both Moorea and Bora Bora are accessible by a short flight or ferry ride from Tahiti, but Moorea is typically easier to get to. The ferry ride from Tahiti to Moorea only takes about 30 minutes, while the flight to Bora Bora can take upwards of an hour. However, if you’re willing to splurge on a private transfer or helicopter ride, the travel time to Bora Bora can be significantly reduced.

Ultimately, the decision between Moorea and Bora Bora comes down to your preferences for activities, accommodations, and overall vibe. Both islands offer a slice of paradise in French Polynesia, so you really can’t go wrong with either choice.

MY WINNER with respect to the ease of travel was definitely Moorea! Catch the ferry after landing in Tahiti, and you are a short 45 minute boat ride from paradise.

Which Island Has Better Resorts Moorea or Bora Bora

Both Moorea and Bora Bora have an array of luxury resorts to choose from, so it ultimately depends on what you’re looking for. Each island has its own unique style and vibe when it comes to accommodations.

Moorea’s resorts tend to have a more laid-back, rustic feel, with plenty of lush vegetation and natural surroundings. Some popular options include the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa, the Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort, and the InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa.

On the other hand, Bora Bora’s resorts are known for their over-the-water bungalows and stunning lagoon views. If you’re looking for a more secluded, romantic getaway, Bora Bora might be the better choice. Some top-notch options include The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, Le Bora Bora By Pearl Resorts, and the Conrad Bora Bora Nui.

Ultimately, whether you prefer Moorea’s rustic charm or Bora Bora’s luxurious overwater bungalows, you’re sure to find the perfect resort to suit your taste on either of these beautiful islands.

MY WINNER: Choosing between which resort I prefer between Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea and Le Bora Bora By Pearl Resort is difficult. They are two completely different style resorts with opposite vibes. Sofitel in Moorea was much more cozy and laid back, while Pearl in Bora Bora was very upscale and relaxing. I loved them both and it would have to come to a toss up in order for me to choose.

Is There More To Do In Moorea or Bora Bora?

Both islands offer plenty of activities and experiences for visitors.

Moorea is known for its outdoor adventure opportunities, including hiking, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Visitors can explore the island’s lush landscape, stunning waterfalls, and colorful coral reefs.

Bora Bora is more geared towards relaxation and luxury, with opportunities for spa treatments, sunset cruises, and fine dining. Visitors can also take part in water activities such as paddleboarding, kayaking, and jet skiing.

Overall, whether you prefer a more active or laid-back vacation, both Moorea and Bora Bora offer plenty of options to keep you entertained. So, which paradise island is best for you? It all depends on your personal preferences and what you want out of your vacation. Whether you choose Moorea or Bora Bora, one thing is for sure: you won’t be disappointed.

MY WINNER: Again, it’s a tough choice, however, I love adventure and even though I had a blast jetskiing in Bora Bora, I have to say that Moorea has much more to offer the adventure seeker.

Does Moorea or Bora Bora Have Better Food

Both islands offer a range of dining options, from casual cafes to elegant restaurants.

Moorea is known for its authentic Polynesian cuisine, with dishes such as poisson cru (raw fish marinated in coconut milk) and taro root dishes.

Bora Bora, on the other hand, offers a mix of local and international cuisine, with a focus on seafood and French-inspired dishes.

The food scene on each island is unique and delicious in its own way. Visitors are sure to find plenty of satisfying meals on either Moorea or Bora Bora.

MY WINNER: I have to vote for both Moorea and Bora Bora. I preferred the breakfast buffet in Moorea, but I thoroughly enjoyed the lunch and dinners in Bora Bora.

Shopping in Bora Bora v Moorea

Let’s face it, not many of us travel to French Polynesia for the shopping, however, for travellers wishing to indulge in some retail therapy, this is my comparison.

When it comes to shopping, Bora Bora has a slight advantage over Moorea. The island is home to several high-end pearl shops, offering some of the most exquisite pearls in the world. Visitors can also shop for local handicrafts and souvenirs at the open-air markets found throughout the island.

Neither Bora Bora or Moorea are known for their retail therapy, however, if you're in search of black pearls, Bora Bora has more options
Shopping in Moorea

On the other hand, Moorea has a more laid-back shopping scene, with a few gift shops and markets selling handicrafts and pearls. However, if you’re looking for a wider variety of shopping experiences, Bora Bora may be the better choice.

MY WINNER: I’ll be completely honest. I wasn’t the least bit interested in shopping, however, I did purchase a hand painted dress in Moorea.

Just One Tip: If you’re shopping for black pearls, I recommend the duty free shop at the Tahiti airport. The sales people were very patient, helpful and friendly.

Is Bora Bora or Moorea Cheaper to Visit

When it comes to cost, both Moorea and Bora Bora are relatively expensive due to their remote location and high-end resorts. However, Moorea can be slightly cheaper than Bora Bora in terms of accommodations and activities.

Visitors can find budget-friendly options such as guesthouses and vacation rentals on Moorea, while Bora Bora is known for its luxurious and exclusive resorts.

Ultimately, the cost of your trip will depend on your itinerary, accommodation choices, dining preferences, and activities.

Regardless of which island you choose, be prepared to splurge for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in paradise.

MY WINNER: Both are expensive, however, I found Moorea to be a little bit cheaper. If you are only planning on visiting one island, and expense is a bit of a concern, I recommend Moorea over Bora Bora.

Which French Polynesian Island is Your Winner?

When it comes to deciding between Moorea and Bora Bora for your dream paradise vacation, it all comes down to what type of experience you want.

Moorea offers a lot of adventure and activity, including hiking, swimming with sharks and stingrays, and exploring the lush tropical forests. It’s the perfect island for adventurous travellers who want to explore the natural wonders of French Polynesia.

Moorea will tickle your senses with its beautiful lush greenery and rugged coastline
The rugged, lush, green coastline of Moorea

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more romantic and relaxing getaway, Bora Bora is the island for you. With its crystal-clear turquoise waters and luxurious overwater bungalows, Bora Bora is the perfect destination for honeymooners or couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Bora Bora is a paradise island designed for rest, relaxation, exemplary service and love.

No matter which island you choose, you’re guaranteed to experience the beauty and magic of French Polynesia. Both Moorea and Bora Bora offer their unique charms and will provide memories that will last a lifetime. So, which French Polynesian island is your winner? It’s up to you to decide.

MY OVERALL WINNER: Surprise! I don’t have one :). Both islands are quite different and unique in their own way. I highly recommend splitting your time between both islands when visiting the Polynesian Islands. Having said that, if I was to return on a solo trip, I would choose Moorea over Bora Bora solely for the plethora of activities offered in Moorea.

Approaching the island of Bora Bora is breath-taking.  Which island in paradise is right for you?  Bora Bora or Moorea?
Approaching the island of Bora Bora is breath-taking

In Conclusion….

In conclusion, whether you prefer the adventurous spirit of Moorea or the luxurious relaxation of Bora Bora, both islands offer an unforgettable vacation. From stunning beaches to mouth-watering cuisine, there is no wrong choice when it comes to these enchanting paradise islands. So pack your bags and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!

Enjoy Your Time in Paradise 🙂

Kelly xo

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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22 thoughts on “Moorea v Bora Bora Which Island In Paradise Is Right For You

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  2. BlondeAroundTheWorld

    Ok after reading it I was even more eager to visit both and with the notion that the choice between the two is not exactly easy.
    Still, I think I would choose Moorea because it has a more laid back vibe and I find myself with less luxurious surroundings, like Bora Bora.
    Anyway, I’m not picky, no one says no to a visit to paradise 🙂

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  3. solotravelstory

    Bora Bora would be my winner. I’m a sucker for luxury and I’ve been dreaming to go there forever. The only thing that would frustrate me would be the fact that it is a honeymoon destination and potentially full of couples.

    Carolin | Solo Travel Story


  4. Barry Till

    The decision between the two is hard to make, but as a more activities inspired person, I guess Moorea would be my choice. I tend to do very little relaxing while travelling (too busy out seeing things), but I would defo take it in if i went to Bora Bora.
    As you suggest I would be keen to see them both, as they both have reputations just in their names. My hotel choice would have to be at the lower end of budget though. While I enjoy comfort, Four Seasons or intercontinental Hotel are brands beyond my budget. Glad to see however there are cheaper options, especially on Moorea.

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    1. Just One Passport

      Barry, I’m much like you when I travel. I can’t sit for very long I get bored. I’m okay on a beach for one day, but that’s it. The resort in Moorea was just as nice as Bora Bora, however, in a different way. It was much cozier and more laid back.


  5. Emma

    Moorea sounds like it would have more I’d be interested in. Although I do like the little bit of extra luxury Bora Bora seems to have and the overwater bungalows would be amazing. I’m not great at sitting still though so the abundance of activities in Moorea sound better for me. Great review and comparison though, I’m sure it’s something a lot of people have trouble deciding on

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    1. Just One Passport

      Moorea does have the overwater bungalows but on a much lesser scale. They are all over the place in Bora Bora. I do recommend staying at least 2 nights in one so that you can access the lagoon to snorkel right from your deck


  6. James

    I would have to go with Moorea for the mountainous and laid-back description. It’s a great combination. Even though Bora Bora’s food may win in that section. Your pictures alone say more than words could and the water looks truly magnificent. I wouldn’t say no to Bora Bora if it came to it!

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    1. Just One Passport

      Both islands are beautiful and well worth visiting at least once. Even though I’m an adventure gal, I did enjoy relaxing the one day on my deck in Bora Bora. Although I admit, I was busy snorkeling and didn’t do much relaxing lol

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      1. James

        Can’t be go all of the time otherwise you face burnout. But I get it completely that it’s hard to relax. Sometimes you book a day of relaxing and end up doing something really strenuous. Always happens to us😂


  7. Mitch

    It was very interesting to read about the differences between these beautiful islands. We aren’t very good at relaxing so we would almost certainly choose Moorea as we would enjoy taking part in all the activities on offer. (But we wouldn’t say no to Bora Bora if it was offered!) We’d definitely love to try the traditional Polynesian cuisine as well.

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  8. thedctraveler9b7e4f7d4d

    I mean I don’t think there is a bad choice here to be honest haha. But I loved reading the differences between Bora Bora and Moorea. If I had to choose one, I’m more an activity girl – so Moorea it would be for me!

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  9. Melanie

    Moorea sounds like my vibe. I love the opportunities for adventure activities like hiking and paddleboarding, and the local cuisine. Although I think I should try the over-the-water bungalows of Bora Bora once in my life 🙂 I’m not surprised you don’t have a favourite as they both seem like great options overall.


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