There’s a good choice of restaurants on Bora Bora, ranging from European gourmet dining to roulottes (food vans) and snacks (a small snack-bar-cum-cafe serving Tahitian staples and sandwiches). Some top-end hotels have an in-house restaurant that is also open to nonguests. Other than the snacks, nearly all of the restaurants accept credit cards.

All the luxury hotels have dance performances with buffet dinners several times a week, costing around 8000 CFP to 10,000 CFP.

Best Places to Eat

Eating out at a Motu Resort

Free shuttles, which generally operate until 11pm or midnight, allow you to enjoy the restaurants at most luxury hotels on the motu around Bora Bora. Note that reservations are mandatory, and you won’t be allowed over if the hotel is fully booked. The Four Seasons, which is dubbed ‘the fortress’ on Bora Bora, has the most restrictive policy and usually doesn’t accept outside guests on its premises.

Recommending restaurants in these hotels is quite hard because it all depends on the culinary skills of the current chef. By popular opinion, the restaurants at Saint Régis Resort and Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa offered the best gourmet fare at the time of research. Anyway, you can’t really go wrong at these places – their atmosphere is so wonderfully mellow and their setting so romantic that you’re guaranteed to have a memorable lunch or evening out.

Dinner is usually a formal affair (no shorts and no thongs) with à la carte offerings, while lunch is more casual, with light snacks, salads and simple dishes. At dinner, expect to pay anything between 2500 CFP and 4000 CFP for a fish dish. They also offer evening performances with dinner buffets several times a week.

Use of the pool is usually not allowed, except if you buy a ‘beach pass’. Ask at the hotel reception.

Vaitape

A string of stalls along the main road sell fruit and cold drinks.

Matira Point & Around

The area around Matira Point offers the island’s most varied eating options.