So, your plane ticket to Bora Bora is all set and now you’re probably wondering about the nighttime activities on the island.
Bora Bora Island, known for its blue Lagoon and small size, attracts a majority of visitors who are either on their honeymoon or celebrating a romantic occasion. As a result, most of the things to do in Bora Bora revolve around couples and romantic experiences.
While Bora Bora may not have a bustling nightlife scene, this sometimes begs the question of whether it’s considered boring or not.
So, is it? What is there to do in Bora Bora at night? Let’s find out!
Bora Bora nightlife : The insider truth
First, let me debunk something you may have heard. No, the nightlife in Bora Bora is not crazy. If you’re looking for wild parties, sorry, but you’re on the wrong island. I’ve lived 5 years on the island trust me I would know!
There’s only one nightclub (and I wouldn’t recommend to visit – I’ll address that later), the few bars close around 11 PM on weekends (earlier during the week), and dinner is early. Considering the jetlag, you’ll likely find yourself in bed by 9 PM.
Sorry to break it to you, but that’s the truth. However, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do or that the island is boring at night. There are still plenty of things to do, from simple to adventurous.
Best Things To Do In Bora Bora At Night
A sunset cruise
If you’re in Bora Bora, make sure to catch a sunset cruise before you leave. It’s a must-do, especially if you’re on your honeymoon!
Imagine this: as the sun starts to set, painting the sky and lagoon with warm, golden hues, you and your partner can snuggle up, feeling the gentle breeze on your faces. Sip on a glass of your favorite wine or champagne and float above the colorful coral reefs. It’s like looking into a living painting!
Whether you decide to join a group tour on a fancy catamaran or go for a more private and intimate experience, this moment of pure beauty will create memories that you’ll cherish forever.
Best overall option ➡️ Catamaran Sunset Sail (Book it early, it’s often sold out)
Best private luxury option –> Lagoon Limousine
Indulge in a romantic, candlelit dinner in your resort
Imagine this: you and your loved one, sharing a private, candlelit private dinner while the sun gracefully sets beside you. It’s a moment of pure beauty and romance.
If you’re planning a romanic getaway to Bora Bora, all Bora Bora resorts can arrange this magical experience for you. Just reach out to your concierge and they’ll take care of everything.
Combo sunset cruise + Romantic dinner
Why not have the best of both worlds? Picture this: a beautiful sunset tour followed by a romantic dinner. Imagine the vibrant hues of the setting sun as you embark on a memorable journey. And as night falls, indulge in an intimate dining experience at the renowned St. James Restaurant. This is the kind of evening that leaves a lasting impression.
Plus, you don’t have to worry about a thing – roundtrip transportation from the main island hotels is included. Be sure to book this highly-rated tour in advance, as it tends to sell out quickly! At just under $480.00 per couple, it’s a worthwhile investment for a perfect night out without any stress of planning. You can simply sit back, relax, and let your guide handle everything, including your restaurant reservation.
Eating outside your resort : Bora Bora Restaurants
Why limit yourself to dining at your resort every night? Bora Bora offers a diverse range of restaurants, catering to every taste and preference from laid-back beachside eateries to exquisite French cuisine. Take the opportunity to venture out and experience the local culinary scene, even if it’s just for one night.
Here are a few recommendations for a delightful dinner:
Villa Mahana ($$$)
Villa Mahana is known for its exclusive experience, offering renowned French cuisine and an intimate atmosphere. Damien Rinaldi-Dovio, the owner and chef, personally welcomes each guest and crafts a unique menu every night using fresh, local ingredients. Due to limited seating (only 25 available), it is recommended to book well in advance.
St James ($$)
The St James is my favorite restaurant in Bora Bora. It offers a more affordable option compared to Villa Mahana, while still providing a romantic setting above the water. The service is impeccable, and you can indulge in delicious French wines and pastries for dessert. You might even spot Manta Rays from the deck on some nights!
Try Les Roulottes ($)
For a budget, more daring and immersive experience of Bora Bora Island’s local culture, venture to the food trucks or “Les Roulottes” near the main dock. Indulge in a diverse range of affordable dinner options, from grilled fish and steaks to delectable crepes and more. This delightful culinary exploration not only allows you to savor the authentic local flavors but also offers an opportunity to connect with fellow travelers and locals alike.
Visiting a resort for dinner
Did you know that some resorts in Bora Bora let outsiders try their amazing food? If you’re staying at an affordable place, treat yourself to a fancy dinner at one of the resort restaurants (maybe after a day pass). For a truly unforgettable dining experience, you gotta check out the Lagoon Restaurant at St Regis Bora Bora. The atmosphere is so romantic. Make sure to get there early so you can enjoy the stunning Mountain views while sipping on a cocktail from the terrace. Trust me, it’s worth it!
Enjoy a Beautiful Sunset Walk Along the Beach
Imagine taking a leisurely stroll along the pristine beaches of Bora Bora as the sun sets – it’s a truly magical experience filled with romance and tranquility. You’ll be captivated by the breathtaking sight of the golden sky reflecting on the crystal-clear waters, leaving you speechless.
And the best part? It’s absolutely free! Surprisingly, the beaches on resorts are surprisingly peaceful during sunset and at night, creating a serene atmosphere that’s perfect for creating lasting memories. So don’t miss out on the opportunity to capture this enchanting moment with your loved ones.
Sit Out on Your Deck and Relax
When staying in a bungalow or overwater villa, make the most of your private deck. Kick back on the comfy outdoor furniture, soak in the stunning island views, and let the pristine waters mesmerize you.
Grab a bottle of Champagne or your favorite beverage, play some tunes (make sure to pack a little bluetooth speaker, and simply enjoy each other’s company as you witness the sun setting and the stars lighting up above. And keep an eye out for those thrilling shark sightings!
Activities to do at night in Bora Bora
Stargazing in Bora Bora
Bora Bora, known as a top destination in the southern hemisphere for stargazing, offers a stunning view of the Milky Way’s core when the weather is clear. The minimal light pollution makes it perfect for stargazing enthusiasts. You can enjoy the sparkling stars right from your overwater bungalow (especially if you have a net).
But to truly make the most of it, I highly recommend joining the “Legend Storytelling and Stargazing Tour.” It’s a hidden gem, I’m telling you. Imagine this: cruising on an outrigger canoe at sunset, then heading to a private motu (islet). There, you can chill by a cozy fire, munch on delicious appetizers, and sip on delicious drinks while waiting for the stars to show up.
During the tour, our guide shared mind-blowing stories about ancient Polynesian navigational techniques and cultural legends. Can you believe they actually explored the entire ocean using the night sky? Absolutely fascinating Cultural Experience! It’s an adventure you don’t want to miss out on! Trust me, it’s worth it. ✨
Watch a Traditional Polynesian Fire Dance Show
When you find yourself in Bora Bora at night, one of the best things to do is witness the captivating Polynesian Dance, or even better, the Impressive fire dance show. These incredible performances showcase talented dancers who skillfully execute traditional moves while holding flaming torches. It’s a thrilling and unforgettable experience, amplified by the breathtaking backdrop of Bora Bora’s natural beauty. You can catch these mesmerizing shows at resorts on the island, or for a more intimate setting, you can even book a private show.
Prepare to be entertained and amazed by this unique cultural encounter! The shows are incredibly enjoyable, often involving drumming, singing, daring tricks, and mesmerizing dance moves. The crowd gets involved, cheering and clapping along, and sometimes the performers even invite guests to join in and learn some dance steps if they’re up for it.
Take a Night Dive
If you’re up for some serious adventure (and happen to have your PADI license), then you absolutely can’t miss a night dive in Bora Bora. It’s an experience you’ll never forget. Night dives give you a whole new perspective of the underwater world, with different creatures coming out to play and mysterious sounds echoing beneath the surface. Just remember, it’s only possible as a private tour. If you haven’t dived before, you’ll need to get PADI certified before.
Bora Bora Nightlife
As I said before Bora Bora is not that exciting when it come to night life but there are some options to enjoy a night out on the island.
Bora Bora Only Night Club : Le Recif
Le Recif is the only nightclub on the island. They also have pool tables and casual karaoke on some nights. Expect the music to be quite different from what you are used to here, and to be honest, I would actually recommend against going. It’s not that exciting, and when it gets late with alcohol involved, things can get ugly (like in every club in the world, you’ll say). You’ll see very few tourists in this place.
Bora Bora Bars (St James, Bloody Marys, Yacht Club)
If clubbing isn’t your thing, no worries! Bora Bora has a few bars to choose from that are perfect for a good time. Personally, I love St James for its laid-back vibe, open-air setting, and mouthwatering bites like truffled brie. Another great option is The Bora Bora Yacht Club, where you can enjoy refreshing beers and even play petanque with the locals.
But in my opinion the best overwall bar is the Bloody Mary’s. The atmosphere is cool, the cocktails are fantastic and reasonably priced (I loove the Frozen Amaretto Sour but I’d skip the food), and they often have live music to keep the vibes going. If you can try to catch the amazing happy hour! Trust me, it’s one of the best bangs for your buck on the island.
Just keep in mind that all bars close by 11 PM.
In conclusion, while Bora Bora may not be renowned for its vibrant nightlife, the island certainly doesn’t lack in options of things to do at night.