Bora Bora is a lush, tropical South Pacific atoll. It lies to the northwest of the bigger islands of Taha’a and Tahiti, in French Polynesia. Encircled by sand-fringed islets, this paradisiacal island is protected from the swells of the greater ocean. A stunning turquoise lagoon holds centre stage as a natural swimming area, within a magnificent coral reef to boot. It is little wonder that Bora Bora claims to be the world’s most idyllic tropical island, far away in the ocean blue down South Pacific way.
When you step ashore on this island, you will soon discover Matira beach, the island’s most popular public stretch of sand by far. The beach is less than a mile in length, starting out from Hotel Mataria in the north, and ending at Matira Point at the southern-most tip of Bora Bora. Nestling in the lush tropical vegetation beyond the beach you will find a row of upmarket resorts and grand hotels for chilling out in style.
The dazzling white sands of Matira beach slope gradually to meet the gently lapping waves of the lagoon, where the water is shallow and warm. The lagoon floor is flat with nothing but sand under foot - well, perhaps the occasional inquisitive marine inhabitant. This means Matira is particularly safe for young families, with the usual caveat of keeping a watchful eye over the young ones. When the tide is low, you can wade from Matira Point, across the shallows and even out to the barrier reef.
There are plenty of activities to engage the energetic visitor, including diving and shark feeding. For the less active, the best recommendation is to enjoy lazing the day away on a secluded stretch of Matira Beach until the tropical sun sets over the turquoise waters. After all, that is what you parted with all that money to come here for. Maybe a little snorkelling or scuba diving from the palm-fringed white sandy beach, with verdant hills forming a worthy backdrop?
Prepare to enter a real tropical paradise!
- Diving & snorkelling
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