Top 10 Bora Bora Beaches You Need To See!

In this guide, I will take you on an insider’s tour of the top 10 Bora Bora beaches that should be at the top of your bucket list!

Welcome, beach-lovers! Prepare to embark on a virtual journey to the tropical paradise of Bora Bora, known for its breathtaking beaches. Picture yourself relaxing on soft, powdery sand, with crystal-clear blue waters lapping at your feet and the sky painted in vibrant hues during sunset.

In this guide, I will take you on an insider’s tour of the top 10 Bora Bora beaches that should be at the top of your bucket list. I will provide insider tips and local secrets to help you make the most of your visit, including choosing the perfect resort because, yes, the beach matters in such a destination!

What Makes Bora Bora Beaches Unique?

Bora Bora beaches are renowned for their unparalleled beauty and breathtaking surroundings. These beaches stand out for their pristine white sand, crystal-clear water, and the stunning backdrop of Mount Otemanu, Bora Bora’s iconic mountain (for most of them). Additionally, you’ll discover vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life. The water remains warm throughout the year no matter the weather, with temperatures averaging 79°F (26°C) in winter and 84°F (29°C) in summer. And in case you were wondering, yes! The water’s color is real, no filter or photoshop needed!

Bora Bora Beaches: Important Information

Bora Bora, a captivating island in French Polynesia, is a must-visit destination for its picturesque landscapes, luxurious all-inclusive resorts, and breathtaking beaches. However, before you embark on your beach exploration in Bora Bora, it’s essential to understand the Bora Bora’s geography.

To sum it up : Bora Bora main island is surrounded by islets called “motus” in Tahitian. This is where you’ll find the famous Instagram-worthy beaches. Each and every motu is privately-owned motus, most of them by resorts. This means that access to all the beaches is limited unless you decide to stay at each and every resorts.

Therefore, when booking your accommodation, it’s crucial to consider the beach as a deciding factor. While there are plenty of things to do in Bora Bora chances are you’ll spend many time laying on the beach and marveling at the stunning lagoon. Thus, it’s advisable to carefully consider the atmosphere and amenities provided by each resort beach to make an informed choice when picking where you are going to stay in Bora Bora.

Billie’s Insight

Booking a full-day snorkeling tour, regardless of the provider, will give you the opportunity to visit a private motu. This is where they will take you for lunch.

Ready, let’s explore my 10 favorite beaches in Bora Bora!

Matira Beach : The Only Public Beach in Bora Bora

a couple on Matira beach

Believe it or not, Matira Beach is the only public beach on the main island of Bora Bora! This means it is the only beach that you can access freely, making it one of the best things to do in Bora Bora. Located on the south of the island, it is a popular destination for both locals and tourists.

While there are no luxurious amenities, the calm and shallow waters, along with the soft golden sand, make it an ideal spot for relaxation and sunbathing (remember to apply sunscreen!). On the right side of the beach, you’ll also find plenty of palm trees providing shade if needed. The water is very safe, but it is advisable to wear reef shoes to avoid stepping on corals.

If you decide to stay on the main island the Matira Beach area is a great place to consider. There are several hotels like Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora, Maitai Bora Bora, Royal Bora Bora, as well as plenty of Airbnbs. Additionally, there are a few supermarkets, snack shops, and restaurants (make sure to try the Poisson Cru from Snack Otoamana).

ℹ️ How to get there?: If you stay on the main island, you can simply drive there. If you stay at a motu resort, you’ll need to take a shuttle boat to the main island first, and then head to Matira Beach.

🏝️ Views: 3/5: Although there is no mountain view, the water is sure to captivate you.

🐠 Snorkeling: 2/5: You won’t see many fish underwater unless you go to the far left side of the beach where the water is deeper. However, you may encounter some friendly stingrays, especially in the morning.

⛱️ Comfort: 1/5: It is important to come prepared for your visit to this beach as there are no sun-beds or towels provided. Although there are no amenities available, the beach is spacious enough to find a private spot even during busy times – it never gets crowded.

☀️ Best time to visit: If you want to see the vibrant blue color, visit between 9 AM and 1 PM. For a romantic atmosphere, head there for sunset!

Beach at the Westin Bora Bora

Westin Bora Bora beach

Did you know that Le Méridien was actually the first motu resort built in Bora Bora, and let me tell you that they picked the best spot!

As I’m writing these lines, Le Méridien is closed, and the brand new Westin Bora Bora is not open yet. However, the beach will surely remain unchanged. And what a sight it is! In my opinion, it offers the most beautiful frontal view of the mountain. The beach is crescent-shaped, with overwater bungalows on each side. It is much larger than most other resorts, with soft white sand and unbelievably vibrant water. The presence of palm trees along a large portion of the beach provides shade and protection from the sun.

Not only is the beach stunning, but it also offers a wide range of activities for guests to enjoy. The calm and safe waters are perfect for trying out water sports like kayaking and paddleboarding. You can spend hours exploring the inner lagoon, which is teeming with colorful fish. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some turtles at the nearby turtle center. With so much to see and do, you definitely won’t get bored during your visit.
Not only is the beach stunning, but it also offers a wide range of activities for guests to enjoy. The calm and safe waters are perfect for trying out water sports like kayaking and paddleboarding. You can spend hours exploring the inner lagoon, which is teeming with colorful fish. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some turtles at the nearby turtle center. With so much to see and do, you definitely won’t get bored during your visit.

ℹ️ How to get there?: To get to this amazing beach, you’ll have to be a guest of the Westin Bora Bora resort. It’s not known yet if the resort will offer day passes to non-guests.

🏝️ Views: 5/5: Absolutely unbeatable.

⛱️ Comfort: The level of comfort is not known yet, but it was great before, with plenty of sunbeds and bean bags on the beach.

🐠 Snorkeling: 5/5: While there are no corals on the beach itself, don’t worry, because there’s an inner lagoon just waiting to be explored. Dive into the vibrant underwater world and encounter a diverse array of marine life. The abundance of fish in the lagoon makes up for the lack of corals on the beach. And if you’re a fan of sea turtles, make sure to visit the turtle center, where you can observe these magnificent creatures up close.

Beach at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora

Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora beach

The Intercontinental Thalasso Resort & Spa is the resort located next door, and it is my second favorite resort’s beach. The mountain view from here is truly spectacular, and the water has a vibrant color with overwater bungalows on both sides. Postcard Perfect! You can indulge in the convenience of ordering delicious food and refreshing drinks from any area of the beach. To satisfy your sweet tooth, there is even an enticing ice cream shop awaiting your visit. And of course, don’t miss the opportunity to capture a memorable photo with the famous “I love Bora Bora” swing.

While the view alone is awe-inspiring, it’s important to note a few aspects of this beach that may impact your experience. The beach itself is relatively narrow and does not offer an extensive stretch of sand. Due to the natural forces of the ocean, such as high tides and the rainy season, the sand tends to erode, requiring regular replenishment.

There are limited places to lounge, and it’s rocky when entering the water (remember your reef shoes when you pack for Bora Bora). The water is cloudy due to the sand, so there aren’t many fish, but you can snorkel in the inner lagoon (I recommend checking under the chapel for a beautiful reef and the possibility of spotting a moray eel). You can also snorkel in the resort’s main dock area to see a variety of animals such as eels, stingrays, some baby sharks and octopus (my favorites ❤️).

ℹ️ How to get there?: To access the location, you need to either be a guest or book a day pass.

🏝️ Views: 5/5: The views are absolutely stunning.

⛱️ Comfort: 4/5: There is a limited number of loungers available, and some of them are placed very closely together.

🐠 Snorkeling: 4/5: There isn’t much to see on the main beach, but the inner lagoon offers plenty of snorkeling opportunities!

🚤 Activities: 4/5: You’ll be able to borrow kayaks, paddleboards, and traditional canoes.

Beach at the Four Seasons Bora Bora

Four Seasons Bora Bora Beach

Just as the entire resort – The Four Seasons beach is simply breathtaking. It has a long stretch of powdery white sand, crystal clear turquoise water, and stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The beach is also well-maintained, with plenty of palm trees for shade and comfortable loungers for guests to relax on.

Moreover, visitors can enjoy various water activities such as snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking. In addition, the beach offers a picturesque sunset motu, a small island, which provides a perfect setting for capturing unforgettable moments. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a leisurely walk to the sunset motu and capture breathtaking pictures, creating lasting memories of your visit to this remarkable beach.

The Four Seasons beach is known for its cleanliness and attention to detail. The resort provides plush towels for guests to use, ensuring maximum comfort during their beach experience. The loungers are well-spaced and comfortable, allowing visitors to relax and soak up the sun in style.

ℹ️ How to get there?: To access this beach, you must be a guest.

🏝️ Views: 5/5: Beautiful.

⛱️ Comfort: 5/5: Spotless, plenty of comfortable loungers. Plush towels, perfect!

🐠 Snorkeling: 4/5: As with many resorts, the main beach may not offer a wide variety of fish. However, the resort has a large inner lagoon where you can snorkel for hours without lifting your head out of the water.

🚤 Activities: 5/5: The beach is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. If you want to try other water sports, the resort offers a variety of options including jet skiing, paddle boarding, and kayaking.

Beach at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui

Conrad Bora Bora Nui Beach

The beach at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui is actually the longest beach in a Bora Bora resort, and it is truly stunning. While you don’t get the iconic mountain view (instead, you have views of overwater bungalows), it features soft white sand and crystal clear water. It’s tropical paradise at its best.

The beach has three distinct areas. On the left side, you’ll find hammocks, great snorkeling, and a diamond lounge area with big bean bags. In the middle, in front of the pool, there are several rows of sun beds. From this area, you can order food & drinks from the pool bar. And on the farther part of the beach, you’ll find beach nests. They are too far to receive service but offer unparalleled privacy – perfect for a nap. It’s my favorite spot. You can even spend hours catching cute and friendly hermit crabs.

Snorkeling is really great under the bungalows and by the Biorocks located by and under the resort’s main dock, but you need to know how to swim and be confortable in the water. The water is deep, and the current can be strong on some days. I have seen countless marine animals swimming by, from sharks to eagle rays, stingrays, and even a manta ray once! There is also a cute pufferfish family worth visiting under the 100’s overwater bungalows.

ℹ️ How to get there?: To access this beach, you must be a guest at the resort or book a day pass.

🏝️ Views: 3/5: The colors are beautiful, but there is no mountain view.

⛱️ Comfort: 5/5. Perfect! Plenty of intimate spots to lounge with your loved one or take a nap to the sound of the waves.

🐠 Snorkeling: 5/5: The Conrad has the best snorkeling, but you need to be comfortable and confident in deep water to stay safe.

🚤 Activities: 5/5: You can rent kayaks, paddle boards, traditional canoes, etc…

Beach(es) at the St Regis Bora Bora

St regis bora bora beach

When it comes to the St. Regis Bora Bora main beach, it’s all about the colors. Whether it’s in the morning or at sunset, the colors never disappoint. The main beach, however, is not as spectacular as the rest of the resort. There is no mountain view, not much sand, and the water is rocky when you enter.

Pro tip: Head to the mini motu Shaia to capture the most Instagram-perfect picture on the water hammock.

But there are other, more secluded places on the resort where you can relax and enjoy. My absolute favorite is the Spa beach. It feels like being in a postcard – flawless and with the option to order food and drinks. The sandy areas are spacious and you can choose to stay in the shade if you prefer. Some days you may even be the witnesses of a Polynesia wedding. Don’t miss it!

ℹ️ How to get there?: To access this beach, you must be a guest at the resort or book a day pass.

🏝️ Views: Range from 1 to 5 depending on the spot: Beautiful colors, but no mountain view unless you stay in a beach villa. For the best view, head to the spa beach or the lagoonarium.

🐠 Snorkeling: 5/5: Not great on the main beach but amazing in the inner lagoon.

⛱️ Comfort: 4/5: Plenty of loungers and beach beds available, but they can be quite close to each other (on the main beach)

🚤 Activities: 5/5: You can rent kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, and giant water bikes (that’s fun)!

Beach at Le Bora Bora (ex Pearl Beach)

Le Bora Bora beach

The beach offers a picturesque view, especially in the morning when the colors are at their most vibrant. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a stunning view of the mountains, adding to the overall beauty of the beach. The water is shallow and safe, making it a great spot for swimming and wading.. However this beach may not be the ideal choice for everyone.

One aspect to consider is the size of the lounge area, which is small and crowded at times. This means that you may find yourself in close proximity to other guests, which could affect the level of privacy and relaxation you desire. Additionally, if you prefer to lay down on the sand further away from the lounge area, you will find yourself in front of the beach villas, which is not convenient either.

Another factor to keep in mind is the exposure to wind that this beach experiences. Due to its location, the beach can be quite windy especially in dry season, and as a result, seaweed accumulates on the shore. These seaweeds look like pine cones and, while not harmful unless stepped on (as they are pointy), they do make the beach look quite dirty even if the resort make efforts to clean it regularly.

ℹ️ How to get there?: To access this beach, you must be a guest at the resort or book a day pass.

🏝️ Views: 3/5: The colors are beautiful, and you get a mountain view, but the beach gets dirty.

🐠 Snorkeling: 3.5/5 : You won’t see many fish on the main beach, but you have more chances at the coral garden. You’ll be able to stand, but the tide can be strong on some days.

⛱️ Comfort: 2/5 : The loungers are literally next to each other, giving you very little to no privacy.

🚤 Activities: 5/5: You can rent kayaks, paddle boards (they even have fun electric paddle boards), traditional canoes, etc…

Beach at Motu Ome’e

View on lagoon and mountain from a motu in Bora Bora with a woman
Boat in Bora Bora

If you’re looking for a truly enchanting experience in Bora Bora, then you must explore the hidden gem of this motu. While there may not be an abundance of sand, the breathtaking views more than make up for it. As you step onto the motu, you’ll find yourself surrounded by lush tropical plants, creating a vibrant and colorful atmosphere. Take a leisurely stroll and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Don’t forget to explore the reef side !

Although snorkeling may not be as abundant here, the full-day tour will more than make up for it, allowing you to witness the vibrant underwater world and encounter a diverse array of fascinating creatures including sharks. It’s an experience that will leave a lasting impression on any future traveler seeking adventure and natural beauty in Bora Bora.

ℹ️ How to get there?: To get there, you’ll have to book a full-day tour (well worth it!). You can read my full review here.

🏝️ Views: 5/5: Beautiful.

⛱️ Comfort: 2.5/5: A few old loungers.

🐠 Snorkeling: 2/5: That is the downside. I haven’t seen many fish around, BUT you’ll see so many during the tour that it’s not really an issue.

Beach at motu FanFan

Motu FanFan Beach

If you’re a budget traveler, you’ll love this beach! While it may not offer the best views of the mountains, the water is absolutely beautiful, and the best part is that it’s accessible to anyone with a day pass that includes food at a very reasonable price. It’s a fantastic option if you’re looking to visit a motu without breaking the bank.

To get to this beach, you’ll need to purchase a day pass, and there are several options available at different price points and they will pick you up from the main island. Now, I have to be honest with you – the loungers are a bit limited and old, but hey, they do exist! So make sure to grab one and relax under the warm Bora Bora sun.

When it comes to snorkeling, it can be hit or miss. If the tide is too high, it can be a bit dangerous, as you can get carried away very fast. But if the conditions are good, you’re in for a treat! Not only will you get to explore the vibrant underwater world, but if luck is on your side, you may even come face to face with those magnificent eagle rays.

So, if you’re on a budget but still want to experience the beauty of Bora Bora, this beach is the perfect choice. Enjoy the stunning water, soak up the sun, and make unforgettable memories on this little slice of paradise!

ℹ️ How to get there?: To access the location, you will need to purchase a day pass. There are several options available, ranging from an affordable 8000 XPF per person to 15 000 XPF for a full day. Transportation will be provided from the main island.

🏝️ Views: 4/5: The water is beautiful, but the shape of the mountain is not the best when viewed from this angle.

⛱️ Comfort: 2/5: The loungers are limited and old, but they are available.

🐠 Snorkeling: The snorkeling experience can vary. It can be rated as 0 if the tide is too high and poses a danger, as you can be carried away quickly. However, under good conditions and encountering eagle rays, it can be rated as 10/5. Please note that the water gets deep rapidly.

Beach at Motu Tapu

Motu Tapu Beach

Motu Tapu is a true gem that shouldn’t be missed during your visit to Bora Bora. This stunning motu holds a special place in the hearts of both locals and visitors alike. It’s no wonder why it was a favorite holiday destination for the queen of Tahiti herself. With its powdery white sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters, Motu Tapu is a paradise straight out of a postcard.

While the beach at Motu Tapu may not offer the same level of comfort as some other resorts, the natural beauty of the area more than makes up for it. The sunbeds may not be the most luxurious, but they provide a place to relax and soak up the sun while taking in the stunning scenery.

ℹ️ How to get there?: To access this location, you need to be a guest at the Conrad and make a reservation for an activity on the motu, such as a picnic, a romantic dinner, or even a wedding.

🏝️ Views: 5/5: The views are wild and stunning.

⛱️ Comfort: 2/5: However, there is a downside to the comfort. The sunbeds are not in good condition and are not well-maintained.

🐠 Snorkeling: 3/5

Motu Only You

Motu Only You beach

Last but not least is the Motu Only You, which holds a special place in my heart because I actually got married there! And let me tell you, there are good reasons why I chose this spot. The views are absolutely stunning, and I mean jaw-droppingly beautiful! The sand is so incredibly soft and white, it’s like walking on a cloud. And let’s not forget about the water hammock – it’s the most perfect photo opportunity you can imagine!

To get to the Motu Only You, you have to book a day at the motu or even stay overnight for a truly magical experience.

When it comes to snorkeling, you’re in for a treat. You are close to a beautiful coral garden, and the abundance of marine life will leave you in awe. Just grab your snorkeling gear and dive into the vibrant underwater world. It’s truly an unforgettable experience!

ℹ️ How to get there?: To get there you have to book a day at the motu or stay for the night

🏝️ Views: 5/5 : Stunning!

⛱️ Confort: 4/5 : There’s plenty of little spots where you can chill

🐠 Snorkeling: 4/5. You are close to a beautiful coral garden.

What should I pack for a day at the beach in Bora Bora?

When packing for a day at the beach in Bora Bora, consider bringing the following items:

Can I bring back sand from Bora Bora?

Although it may be tempting, it is actually illegal to collect sand from beaches in France, including French Polynesia. Violating this law can result in a fine of up to $1500. The same goes for corals, and attempting to bring them through customs can lead to a very uncomfortable situation. Therefore, it is best to leave the sand where it belongs and cherish your memories of Bora Bora through photographs and souvenirs.

What kinds of marine life can I expect to see while snorkeling in Bora Bora?

While snorkeling in Bora Bora, you can expect to see a variety of colorful tropical fish, coral reefs, and other marine creatures. Common sightings include parrotfish, butterflyfish, clownfish (like Nemo!), triggerfish, stingrays, eagle rays, eels, octopus, sharks and occasionally, turtles.

Is it safe to swim in all Bora Bora beaches?

Swimming in Bora Bora is generally safe, but it is important to exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings. Depending on the weather, some beaches may have stronger currents than they appear. If you are unsure about the safety of a specific beach, it is best to ask the staff at your resort or locals for guidance.

Are pets allowed on Bora Bora beaches?

Pets are allowed on the only public beach in Bora Bora, which is Matira Beach. You actually may encounter stray dogs in this area. Pets are not allowed in Bora Bora resorts, including their beaches.

Are there lifeguards present on Bora Bora beaches?

No, Bora Bora beaches have no lifeguards on duty. In resorts, beach boys may keep an eye on you, but there is not a dedicated person looking at the water all day. It is always advisable to exercise caution, be aware of your swimming abilities, and take necessary safety precautions when enjoying the beaches in Bora Bora.

And that’s it, my quick tour of the top 10 Bora Bora beaches that are guaranteed to make a lasting impression! Each beach has its own special charm, captivating beauty, and plenty of unforgettable experiences waiting just for you. So, whether you want a peaceful place to unwind, an exciting underwater world to discover, or the ideal picturesque spot for a dreamy photoshoot, Bora Bora has everything you need. Remember to bring sunscreen, snorkeling equipment, and, of course, your sense of adventure!

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