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Key Info

Vaitape

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.8scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Food Scene
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Let's be honest: You didn't come here to sample the city life. But Bora Bora's main town on the west coast of the island is worth a few hours of your time if you want to explore beyond the confines of your resort for an afternoon. You'll find a number of eateries, souvenir shops and churches along its main corridor. By the way, this central street really comes to life on Sunday mornings when stalls appear selling everything from clams to doughnuts. Vaitape also boasts a tourist office, a car rental kiosk, a couple of gas stations and a medical center, among other facilities. 

If you're looking for a fancy souvenir, you might want to visit Sibani Perle and purchase some beautiful black pearl jewelry. Recent travelers raved about the pieces they bought from Sibani and the authenticity of the pearls. But if you're looking for something a tad more affordable, you'll find that here, too: a slew of smaller stores selling less expensive souvenirs are scattered along the street.  

While you're in town, why not sample some of the local fare? According to recent visitors, Bloody Mary's restaurant and bar is a good place to let loose, while Restaurant St. James is known for its huge menu and equally large portions. If you're looking for romance and exclusivity, book a table at the Bora Bora Yacht Club, where you can enjoy oceanside dining. Depending on where your accommodations are located, you can get to Vaitape by taxi, bicycle or Le Truck bus. Most resorts offer shared or private shuttle service to the town, as well as ferry service. Inquire with your hotel.

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#1 Matira Beach

Matira Beach is the largest public access beach in Bora Bora making it extremely popular with visitors. The water is crystal-clear and the sand is soft and downy. Matira Beach is also peppered with resorts, shops and eateries, so it's a convenient place to spend most of a day. 

Travelers and locals alike have nothing but positive things to say about the beach. Most comment on the incredibly blue water and how the shoreline is rarely ever crowded making it the perfect place for some rest and relaxation. But save your snorkeling for another beach, as the shallow waters aren't the best for spotting sea life. If you don't have time to spend a whole day at the beach, many say the sunsets are at least worth a visit. 

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