When most people think of the French Polynesian islands, they largely picture Bora Bora, the iconic island that draws frequent comparisons to paradise on earth. With romantic thatched-roof huts dotting the lagoon waters in small colonies and lush tropical forests, there is a luxurious and understated elegance to Bora Bora. Most travelers spend their time here basking in the secluded, neon blue reef waters, which are perfect for swimming, kayaking and snorkeling. Still, there’s plenty to explore on land, whether you hike extinct volcanoes or shop for pearls in town.
As a French oversees territory, same-sex marriage became legal in Tahiti in May 2013. For US and Canadian couples to marry in French Polynesia, a marriage application must be completed, copies of passports, certified birth certificates, and single-status forms. Divorce and death decrees are required if applicable. Refer to your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for more details.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
Passports are required for visitors entering Tahiti. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
French and Tahitian are the main languages of The French Polynesian islands, but English is widely understood.
The French Polynesia franc is the official currency of the islands, but some resorts accept US dollars.
Climate & Beaches
The islands of Tahiti enjoy year-round tropical weather. Dry season runs between May to October and has average temperatures of 82 degrees F. November through April is the wet season, with average temperatures of 86 degrees and occasional showers.
Bora Bora has thin stretches of soft, white sand beaches that are dotted with coconut palms and sit on beautiful, bright waters. Matira Beach is close to scenic hiking trails and silky-smooth white sand. There are also a number of secluded beaches worth exploring along the island, though they are often thin and not very wide.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
Bora Bora is situated on a colorful coral reef, so water activities are the best way to experience the island. Try a glass-bottom boat tour, kayak or swim through the water to catch a glimpse of the (friendly!) reef sharks, turtles and colorful fish. Scuba diving and snorkeling are also great ways to experience the stunning turquoise lagoons, and kite surfing is a popular excursion due to the perfect trade winds.
After a day relaxing on the water, be sure to visit one of the specialty pearl shops and dine at one of the many fine French restaurants.
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