Top ChoiceFrench in Bora Bora

Maikai Bora Bora

This highly rated eatery offers excellent Polynesian cuisine with a refined twist, savoured in a vast and stylish dining room overlooking the lagoon (but only a few tables have lagoon views). Prices are...

Top ChoiceFrench in Bora Bora

Restaurant Matira Beach

This breezy, open-air restaurant provides an enchanting dining experience with delectable food. It's well known for its Japanese cuisine (sushi, nigiri, teppanyaki) as well as well-executed French and Polynesian...

Top ChoiceBody Art in Bora Bora

Marama Tattoo

For traditionally designed tattoos head to this highly rated tattoo studio. Popular, sterile and reliable. Book well ahead as Marama is something of a legend in French Polynesia.

French in Bora Bora

Le St James

Don’t be deterred by the odd location – it's hidden in the back of a small shopping centre in Vaitape – for, once inside, you’ll find a convivial space that combines style with informality and an enticing deck...

Gastronomy in Bora Bora

Villa Mahana

A true alchemist, the Corsican chef Damien Rinaldi has got the magic formula right, fusing Mediterranean with Polynesian to create stunning cuisine, perfectly matched with French wines. Exquisite execution...

Cafeteria in Bora Bora

Aloe Cafe

This busy place right in the centre of Vaitape has the most eclectic menu in town and is a good place for a light meal any time of the day (last order is at 4.30pm). Get things going with palate-pleasing salads,...

Bistro in Bora Bora

Bloody Mary’s

Bloody Mary’s isn’t just a restaurant, it’s an experience, especially at dinner (light meals only at lunchtime). You walk on sand floors, sit on coconut stools under a thatched roof and are surrounded by exotic...

Village in Bora Bora


The island’s main settlement, Vaitape is not the most evocative town, but it's a great place to do a bit of shopping, take care of banking needs and just get a feel for the way locals really live.

Historic Site in Bora Bora

Coastal Defence Guns

Faanui Bay was the site of the US military base during WWII. At the southwestern end of the bay, a steep and often muddy track climbs up to an old WWII radar station atop a ridge complete with two giant defence...

French in Bora Bora

Bora Bora Yacht Club

Yes, the food is pretty good, but the real draw here is the stunning wooden deck overlooking the lagoon – very romantic at sunset. The menu runs the gamut from grilled fish to meat dishes and salads to pasta. The...

French in Bora Bora

Fare Manuia

The hardest thing about eating at this local favourite is deciding between the excellent meat or fish dishes, crunchy salads and delicious pasta. Skip the pizzas, though. Big appetite? Opt for the huge wood-fired...

Historic Site in Bora Bora

Coastal Defence Guns

Up a small hill on the eastern coast, a track peels off to the east and leads to two massive WWII coastal guns and a concrete bunker that were left by the US troops. The walking trail along the ridge starts...

Bar in Bora Bora

Tiki Bar

Opened in 2015, Tiki Bar is by far the most happening venue on Bora Bora. There's an interesting mix of people here, from hotel staff to tourists and locals, all drawn by the well-priced beer, cocktails, tapas...

Jewellery in Bora Bora

La Perle de Maimiti

Not your average pearl shop – it's in a private home – La Perle de Maimiti is run by an experienced salesman who has worked for various pearl companies on the island. He has a limited but interesting selection of...

Tahitian in Bora Bora

Snack Matira

This unfussy little eatery could hardly be better situated: it’s right on the beach at Matira (think terrific lagoon views). The menu concentrates on simply prepared fish and meat dishes as well as burgers,...

Archaeological Site in Bora Bora

Marae Fare-Opu

There are only a handful of marae (traditional temple) ruins on Bora Bora, including Marae Fare-Opu, which is squeezed between the roadside and the water’s edge. Two of the slabs are clearly marked with the...

Beach in Bora Bora

Matira Beach

Bora Bora’s only real beach, this stunning stretch of snow-white sand and pinch-me-I’m-dreaming turquoise sea is perfect for sunbathing and swimming (but less so for snorkelling). Matira Beach graces both sides...

Chinese in Bora Bora

Le Panda d'Or

This well-established venture serves up a wide assortment of Chinese staples at reasonable prices. If the rather charmless interior (think a vast, tiled room in a modernish building) doesn't inspire you, there's...

Tahitian in Bora Bora

Bora Bora Burger

Located right on the main street, this simple but sweet cafeteria-cum-fast-food outlet is a handy spot for a cheap, uncomplicated, walk-in bite. Tuck into well-made sandwiches (from 300 CFP), paninis or burgers....

Fast Food in Bora Bora

Moi Here

It’s the location that’s the pull here, rather than the food. Greasy burgers and sandwiches, omelettes, beef steak and raw fish in coconut milk won’t knock your socks off, but you’re literally hanging over the...