1. DO stay at the Four Seasons Resort. I’ve never seen a property so manicured and well kept! Even the Four Seasons Maui doesn’t compare. The staff is so friendly and helpful, and they really do take care of everything! From a complimentary Andreyale Yacht shuttle from the airport, to the customized itineraries dropped off every evening, and every staff member was happy to be there, not a scowl in sight! Fun fact: Have you ever seen “Couples Retreat”? It was filmed at the St. Regis in Bora Bora… right next to FS!
  2. DO take advantage of the complimentary activities offered! The hotel offers paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling gear (some of the best snorkeling is right in the lagoon on the grounds), tennis gear (there’s a tennis court), volleyballs(for the volleyball court), they even offer Yoga classes on the “Yoga Deck” all for free!
  3. DON’T stress about excursions! The concierge will do all the work for you! We didn’t even book any excursions until the day we got there. They also only book within their own company, so you can trust that you’re in good hands when you’re taking a jetski tour around the Main Island or swimming with the sharks! Speaking of which.. 
  4. DO swim with the sharks! I will admit, I had zero intention of doing this, but when we got there everyone we talked to recommended it, so we went with it. The excursion was 4 hours long, and we made 3 stops. One was to get our feet wet, (LOL see what I did there) at a shallow coral reef. The second spot was with stingrays and small sharks. This is where it got a little scary because the current was so strong! Finally, we stopped at our last location where we were literally swarmed by sharks! Thankfully our guides fed them before we jumped in so they were full .😉

    Those are sharks swimming around us! ☝


  5.  DO relax and enjoy the beach. We really had the best times when we were by ourselves, just drinking rosé and jumping off of our private dock. Due to Bora Bora being really secluded, there weren’t too many people, so it never felt crowded. There was always a quiet spot for us to soak in the island.
  6. DON’T look at the weather forecast before your trip because it will probably make you cry. Depending on the time of year you go, there’s almost always going to be a little rain. If you’re from Florida like me, you know all about 30 minute sun showers. It can be really discouraging , but just wait out the rain, the sun will always come out. Just take it day by day!
  7. DO take in the views! The trip goes by so quickly, I always like to just stop everything for a second and look around. It sounds kind of stupid but I love to take mental photos of things and try to force myself to say- “this is what you’ll think of in 20 years when your kids are asking about your travels”. Literally most of the trip I was just mumbling about how pretty everything was!

What are some of your favorite things to do in Bora Bora? Did we miss anything??

XX, Eden Kate