10+ Best Things To Do In Bora Bora At Night

What is there to do in Bora Bora at night? Let’s find out!

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

A couple having a sunset cruise in Bora Bora

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

A romantic dinner on an islet
A couple on the way to Sunset Motu for a Romantic Dinner – Four Seasons

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.

Billie’s Insight

When choosing the location for your private dinner, make sure it’s intimate and secluded, away from other couples doing the same. After all, you want to create your own special memories. Each resort unique offerings when it comes to the setting from the beach (with other couples having the same candle light dinner close to you) to most exclusive location where you’ll be alone.

At the Four Seasons, I highly recommend the sunset motu for the most amazing experience. They even take you there in a canoe, adding an extra touch of bliss.

At St. Regis, make sure to pick the stunning Spa Beach, surrounded by breathtaking colors that seem straight out of a picture-perfect postcard.

And at Conrad Bora Bora Nui, make sure to head up the hill to discover the awe-inspiring view of Mount Otemanu. It’s truly a sight to behold.

If your budget doesn’t allow for these locations, then having a candlelight dinner in the intimacy of your own overwater bungalow is a great option, in my opinion. Don’t worry, it’s not just a simple room service. They will come and decorate the place to perfection.

Oh, and if you want to make your romantic dinner even more special, consider adding live ukulele music or fire dancers to your dinner. It’s the little touches that make all the difference.

Combo sunset cruise + Romantic dinner

A Boat arriving at sunset at a restaurant

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.

Good to know

If you stay in a motu resort –> Then you’ll have to arrange a shuttle boat and be aware, that can be pricey depending on where you are staying. If the cost of the shuttle boat to the resort is high, I would not make the trip for the Roulottes, even if it’s fun. From my perspective, I believe that only The St James and La Villa Mahana justify the splurge.

In you stay on the main island –> Most of restaurant do offer pick up service anywhere on the island. Make sure to reach out to them to organise so you don’t have to bother driving or finding a taxi.

Visiting a resort for dinner

Lagoon Restaurant Terrace at sunset at St Regis Bora Bora
Lagoon Restaurant Terrace at St Regis Bora Bora

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

A couple having a walk at sunset on a Bora Bora 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.

Insider Tips

Don’t forget to add some insect repellent with DEET to your packing list for Bora Bora, as mosquitoes tend to make their presence known at dusk. Also, if you are on Matira Beach and decide to take a dip always keep an eye on your valuables.

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!

Money Saving Tips

Wanna save money on drinks? Bring your own! Each person traveling to Bora Bora can bring up to 2L of liquor or wine (that’s about 3 bottles). Then, grab the wine glasses provided in your room and toast to paradise! Also read this post about Drinks in Bora Bora.

Activities to do at night in Bora Bora

Stargazing in Bora Bora

A sky full of stars

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).

Billie’s Insight

If you’re staying at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui feeling extra cozy and don’t want to leave your room, just ask the staff to bring a telescope to your deck. You can observe the sky right from the comfort of your own space!

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

3 dancers doing 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.

Money Saving Tips

Instead of purchasing a full meal at the Polynesian Buffet hosted by most resorts on show night, consider enjoying a drink at the bar while watching the show. For travelers staying on the main island, the Intercontinental Le Moana is a great option. Additionally, to save some extra cash, make sure to arrive during happy hour after a nice stroll on Matira Beach, next door.

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.

Inside the Bloody Mary's restaurant in Bora Bora

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.

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