Best Of Bora Bora

Best Of Bora Bora For the visitor, the colorful and majestic setting of Bora Bora offers unlimited possibilities:
- Enchantment from the turquoise lagoon with unending days of snorkeling and diving in the clearest and warmest water in the world.
- Excitement above the waters by canoe, HobbyCat, wave runner, parasail, and nightly sunset sails.
- Exploration of the panoramic overlooks found on a 4x4 safari.
- Discovery of the world-renowned shopping for original art, pearls, and handcrafts.
Bora Bora island:
Villa Mahana - arguably the best food on the Island. Located in a private villa, the ambiance is beautiful and romantic. There are five tables on the main level, and two tables up a few stairs that get reserved early. Your host, Chef Damien Rinaldi, creates a warm and inviting atmosphere serving outstanding French cuisine with Asian and Polynesian influences. The restaurant features ala carte dining, as well as, two prixe fix menus nightly. We highly recommend the "Discovery Menu" where you will have the opportunity to indulge in all of his latest creations. Save this restaurant experience for your last night in Bora Bora, as once you have dined here, nothing else can compare.
Restaurants:
All the resorts have excellent restaurants offering great views and upscale gourmet fare.  It's well worth trying other resorts dinner options.  We recommend the restaurant at the St Regis, the Intercontinental Thalasso, the Four Seasons or the Intercontinental Le Moana.  Ask your front desk to make reservations for you.

Fare Manuia – 5 min. walk from the Intercon Moana Beach (Matira), nice place, intimate, top rate food with reasonable prices.
    Top Dive - Upscale/fancy restaurant, romantic, good to excellent food, very expensive.
    Bloody Mary’s - Fun casual ambiance, Ok food and service, very touristy, and expensive.
    La Bounty - casual outdoor dining, rated very well on most forums.
    Pirate Bar – on the water, occasional Manta Ray viewing, nice atmosphere, reasonable prices.
    Bamboo House - nice relaxed ambiance, mixed reviews.
    Snack Matira - sandwiches, burgers, fries, etc.
    Ben’s Pizza - pizza, burgers, fries, etc. Open until 5:00 pm.
    Restaurant Patoti - snacks, burgers, fries, and also serves a variety of fish, steak, duck, and desserts.
    Kaina Hut : http://www.kainahut.com/menu.html
    The Snack Matira Beach - Close to the Hotel Matira. Can be accessed from the road or from the beach. Good breakfasts for reasonable prices. Decent Ham and Cheese omelets for less than 1000cfp. They also serve lunch and dinner. Cheeseburger and fries is 1300cfp.
    L'Appetisserie: In the back of the main little shopping center in town (Vaitape) - good little sandwiches and snacks, croissants, ice cream, and a few computers to check your E-Mail. Serves beer and wine.
    Snack Bora Burgers - Next to post office; small fast food place; has good burgers and fries as well as croque-monsieur

    Activities:
Shark and Ray Feeding - Tevia Tours, Taremoana Tours, and Patrick’s among others, any hotel or travel agent can book them.
4x4 Island Tour- Patrick’s among others.
Private Picnic - Etienne’s Tour, Patrick’s, or Keishi Tour will arrange these outings. I highly recommend Keishi (ask for Pierrot, Phone 79 26 56). He sets up a table in the lagoon water next to a private Motu. Lunch features Lobster, Crab, Steak, Chicken, Fruit and Champagne. Snorkeling around the Island, Shark and Ray Feeding, Manta Ray viewing and whatever else your heart desires. These run around $500.00 for two, plus $100.00 for each additional person. The operator will usually pick you up at your hotel around 9:30am and drop you off at 3:00pm.
Patrick’s tour is also very nice. He serves a traditional Tahitian feast of foods cooked in an ahima'a (underground oven). Meals consist of roast pig, breadfruit, plantains, taro leaves, and the ever present poisson cru. Patrick is from Bora Bora and is a gracious host.
HorseBack Riding - Ranch Reva Reva, on private Motu for Beach and interior ride.
Bora Bora Lagoonarium - next to Le Meridian, swim with the sharks and many other sea creatures, can also purchase a movie of you swimming with the Sharks.
Sunset Cocktail Cruise - aboard the “Taravana” with Captain Richard, sails from many of the hotels, can be booked through your hotel or travel agent.
Boat rentals – based at Matira Beach near Le Matai, small aluminium boats with 6 hp - no permit required, larger boat (15 hp) requires a boat license.  Also a taxi service to and/or from any place on the Island (Phone (689) 67.60.61 ). Renting a small boat is a great way to see the lagoon at your own pace. You can rent 4 hours or day.  But watch for the shallow coral heads.
Parasailing – Bora Bora Parasailing, offers single and double person rides, no age limit. Contact Bora Bora Tel/ Fax: (689) 67 70 34 , cell: 78 27 10
JetSki: Milki Miki Tours - leave everyday at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm from Matira.  Two hour tours are $187.00 US dollars. You will be with a guide.
Book from your hotel room by calling (689) 67.76.44

Shopping:
Black Pearls - many places around the Island, rent a FunCar and shop around.
Souvenirs and Shops - the Flea Market Building near the wharf in Vaitape. Tiare Market, turn left out of the Sofitel Marara, it’s about a five-minute walk. China Lee Market in Viatape. O.P.E.C., on the road from Viatape to Matira Point. Boutique Fareani north of the ICB, it sells ice cream bars and nick knacks.