Welcome to paradise, the breathtaking island of Bora Bora! With its crystal-clear turquoise waters, powdery white sand beaches, and overwater bungalows that offer unparalleled luxury, Bora Bora is the ultimate tropical destination for relaxation and adventure.
However, Bora Bora’s tropical weather can be unpredictable, and it is possible for rain to occur at any time, even outside of the rainy season. So, what should you do when the rain interrupts your sun-soaked vacation?
Don’t worry! In this guide, I will share the top 10 things to do in Bora Bora when the rainclouds appear, ensuring that the rain won’t dampen your spirits or your experience on this idyllic island. So, put on your raincoat and let’s explore the hidden gems and secret hideaways that Bora Bora has to offer, even on a rainy day!
Bora Bora Rainy season
Before delving into the list of activities to do in Bora Bora when it rains, let’s take a moment to understand the rainy season on this beautiful island. The official rainy season in Bora Bora lasts from November to April, with January and February receiving the highest amount of rainfall.
However, even during the dry season (May-October), occasional rain showers are common due to the island’s tropical climate. Don’t worry too much if it starts raining, as most of the time it’s just quick showers that don’t last long. You’ll be amazed by how rapidly the weather in Bora Bora can change.
Therefore, it’s always a good idea to pack a raincoat when visiting Bora Bora, regardless of the time of year. But don’t let the rain discourage you! It can add an extra layer of beauty and adventure to your vacation, especially if you know how to make the most of it.
Top things to Do in Bora Bora When it Rains
So, you’ve been dreaming about going to Bora Bora for ages, and then you wake up to rain. It’s not even the rainy season yet! I understand, it can be disappointing. But hey, you can’t control the weather, right? Don’t let it ruin your trip! Take a deep breath and remember how many people would love to be in Bora Bora right now. You’re there! It’s still Bora Bora, it’s still warm, and you can still have an amazing day. So, here are some ideas for you:
Go scuba diving
You’ll be underwater, so who cares if it rains? Even when the sun isn’t shining brightly, the water in Bora Bora remains crystal clear, providing excellent visibility below the surface. Take advantage of the opportunity to explore the wonders of the underwater world, and perhaps even encounter magnificent manta rays if luck is on your side. If you’re a first-time scuba diver, you can book an introductory tour. Don’t forget to bring your action camera to capture it all!
Don’t feel like leaving your all inclusive resort? No problem! Simply grab a snorkel and explore the captivating snorkeling spots right within your resort. Depending on where you’re staying, you can explore the inner lagoon (St Regis, Four Seasons, Thalasso) or even snorkel right beneath your overwater bungalow (Conrad, Le Moana).
Good to know: Snorkeling tours operate as normal when the rain is not too heavy. I recommend this one.
Book an exiting underwater adventure
Did you know that you can ride an underwater bike in Bora Bora. Isn’t it cool? Imagine riding a scooter underwater and exploring the amazing marine life and vibrant coral reefs. It’s a truly unforgettable adventure that will leave you in awe.
But that’s not all! Bora Bora also offers the opportunity to go on an aqua safari with helmet diving. With a specially designed helmet, you can descend into the crystal-clear waters and walk on the seabed while surrounded by colorful fish and other fascinating sea creatures. It’s like stepping into a real-life aquarium!
These thrilling adventures have the incredible power to brighten up any rainy or gloomy day.
Head to the Spa!
If you’re staying at one of the top resorts in Bora Bora, you’ll have the luxury of having a spa right on-site. Take this opportunity to pamper yourself with a relaxing Polynesian massage, pedicure, facial treatment, or body wrap. There’s no better way to make the most of a rainy day in Bora Bora than indulging in self-care and enjoying the spa.
Go Pearl Shopping
French Polynesia is renowned for its breathtaking black pearls, which serve as the perfect souvenir to bring back home. So why not take advantage of this opportunity to go pearl shopping? There are numerous pearl shops in Vaitape where you can find a wide range of jewelry crafted from these precious gems. You can easily spend a few hours exploring and finding the perfect one. My personal favorite pearl shop in Bora Bora is Arc en Ciel. Wendy is incredible and she’ll assist you in discovering the ideal pearl.
Have lunch in one of the main island Bora Bora restaurants
Feeling hungry after pearl shopping? Head to the main island and treat yourself to a delicious lunch at one of the local restaurants. This is a great opportunity to experience authentic Polynesian cuisine and enjoy a variety of fresh seafood dishes. Among the many Bora Bora restaurants, I highly recommend St. James. Their “Plat du jour” is always a delightful choice. What’s more, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find a charming boutique inside the restaurant where you can shop for island clothes and jewelry. They even have a wine cellar and a French pastry shop. So why not stock up on these exquisite French delicacies before returning to your overwater bungalow?
Make the most of your fancy overwater bungalow
So, you’ve been pearl shopping, had a delicious lunch at the St James, and bought a couple of bottles of wine and a few pastries. What’s left to do? Make the most of this incredible overwater bungalow that you’ve been dreaming of for ages.
Put on some music and dance in the rain on your deck with your loved one. Then, enjoy an extravagant bubble bath with some wine while gazing at the colors changing on the lagoon. Finish the day with a wonderful room service. Romantic, isn’t it? If it’s your honeymoon, you might even come back with a wonderful extra souvenir 😏🐣
Attend a cultural workshop
Resorts in Bora Bora offer a variety of cultural activities and workshops for their guests to enjoy. Guests can learn the art of Polynesian cuisine, create beautiful flower crowns, and even master the skill of basket weaving. There is something for everyone. To find out about the classes available on a given day, simply visit the reception desk or give them a call.
Watch a movie
What could be more romantic than cuddling with your significant other, sipping on some champagne, and watching a movie in your overwater bungalow? My suggestion? “Couple Retreat,” which was filmed in Bora Bora at St. Regis.
Take a private yoga class
Get into the peaceful vibe of Bora Bora by treating yourself to a private yoga class on the deck of your overwater bungalow. Many resorts offer this awesome service, giving you the chance to stay active while also indulging in some much-needed relaxation and mindfulness. And hey, if you prefer a more intimate setting, you can even ask the instructor to come inside your bungalow. How cool is that?
Indulge in a private Wine tasting
For all the wine lovers out there, this activity is a must-do. You can book a private wine tasting experience and join a Master Sommelier, renowned for their work with 2 and 3 Michelin-starred restaurants. This indulgent journey will take you through multiple wine and liquor tastings. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or just starting to explore the world of wines, the tastings are designed to educate your palate and enhance your wine knowledge. Your personal sommelier will guide you step by step, teaching you the art of pairing wines with meals. So sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the finest wines while taking in the breathtaking views of Bora Bora from your own private overwater bungalow.
To wrap it up, Bora Bora is absolutely amazing, even when it rains. Don’t let a little downpour ruin your fun! There are so many awesome things you can do on this beautiful island. Rain or shine, Bora Bora will steal your heart and give you memories that will last a lifetime. So, go out there, embrace the unexpected, and have the time of your life in this tropical paradise!