By Lauren Kmec
Bora Bora
French Polynesia
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Dubbed “the Pearl of the Pacific” by 16th century explorer James Cook, Bora Bora is a tropical island paradise like no other. Bora Bora is part of French Polynesia in the South Pacific Ocean; its main island is encircled by a number of smaller islets and the world-famous lagoon. Due to its pristine beaches and pleasant year-round temperatures, Bora Bora has become a coveted vacation destination for celebrities, honeymooners, and families. The entire island is strikingly beautiful and is sure to win the hearts of all who set foot on its soil.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to escape to Bora Bora for your next special getaway. Getting here requires a few steps, but rest assured that the destination will be worth the long journey. Most travelers will fly to Tahiti first and then board an Air Tahiti plane for a brief flight to Bora Bora Airport (BOB), which is actually located on Motu Mute, just to the north of the main island. The final leg of the journey is a short boat ride to the main island. Follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to make your flight arrangements with EscapeWizard.com. We offer a variety of lodging choices, ranging from simple and no frills to luxurious five-star resorts. Click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to browse EscapeWizard.com’s top selections.

Because the lagoon is the shining star of Bora Bora, EscapeWizard.com recommends starting your vacation at the Lagoonarium, a unique outdoor aquarium and coral garden focused on marine life in a lagoon environment. This is the only facility of its kind where visitors are permitted to swim alongside and interact with the various sea creatures, such as turtles, rays, and several species of colorful fish. Thrill-seekers might be interested in the shark and ray feeding (only for the brave)! Don a snorkel mask and dip into the shallow waters of the lagoon, where you can watch as tame sharks swim up to and are fed by the excursion guide. After this, stand by as manta rays gently approach and swim among the group to be hand-fed.

EscapeWizard.com also encourages you to try some of the other water activities that are common in Bora Bora, such as scuba diving, fishing, and parasailing. Greet the day with a breakfast canoe ride, where you are served fresh fruits and other delectable items while being led around the lagoon in a canoe. We also recommend a sailing excursion, and you have many options to choose from: Rent your own boat by the hour, take a half-day cruise in a glass-bottom boat (an excellent way to view the lagoon’s marine life), or go on a sunset catamaran cruise, complete with island music and dancing.  The island abounds with gorgeous white-sand beaches, but if you’re looking to see and be seen, try Matira Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the world.

For a fun on-land excursion, EscapeWizard.com suggests a 4×4 ride around Bora Bora, a great way to see the island from another vantage point. Traverse the winding roads through the quiet forest areas until you reach the top of the island, where the views are simply breathtaking. EscapeWizard.com recommends taking this opportunity to visit the site of the massive canons left behind by the U.S. Navy after World War II. If you’re looking for another way to explore the island on land, try a guided hike to Mount Pahia or Mount Otemanu. The remains of an extinct volcano lie between these two peaks.

Animal lovers are sure to enjoy a visit to the Marine Turtle Protection Centre, a large facility for sea turtle preservation and care, as well as the promotion of ecological awareness. Here visitors can swim freely among the turtles and learn more about the two species found here: the more common green turtle and the rarer hawksbill turtle. Be sure to check out the nursery for baby hatchlings as well.

Finally, EscapeWizard.com suggests an outing to “The Farm” at the Bora Pearl Company, where you can learn about the history and process or pearl faming and even go for a supervised dive to find your very own pearl to keep as a souvenir. If you’d rather wear your pearls in a necklace or set of earrings, stop by the on-site jewelry workshop, where a local artisan will transform them into a piece of wearable art.

We at EscapeWizard.com think that everyone deserves a truly special vacation once in a while, so why not treat yourself and your loved ones with a magical trip to Bora Bora? It promises to be a vacation you will never forget. So make your travel plans today with EscapeWizard.com and get ready to luxuriate in paradise!
Hotels in Bora Bora
By Kelsey Penrose
St. Regis Bora Bora
Motu Ome\'e BP 506, Bora Bora, Tahiti
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Need to get away from your office fraught with responsibilities and dreary day-to-day living? Look no further than the idyllic tropical paradise of the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort. Lush palm trees, crystal clear ocean and white beaches; what more could you possibly want from a vacation? The resort is highly exclusive: the only way on or off the island of Motu Ome’e is by helicopter or boat. Don’t fret, you’re not expected to bring your own. Whichever option you choose can be easily arranged at the greeting desk of the Bora Bora Airport. For the safety of both you and the pilots, there are no nighttime flights to the island, so please plan accordingly. Check-in is at three o’clock, and if you arrive early there are endless activities to enjoy on the island of Bora Bora, from world class snorkeling to shark feeding and much more!

The St. Regis Resort offers a variety of accommodations, from a one-bedroom villa to a three-pavilion Royal Estate and everything in between.  All villas come with first-class amenities such as a private out door shower, 42-inch Plasma Television with DVD/CD Player, St. Regis Butler Service, Wireless High Speed Internet Access and much, much more! If you need a break from the heat of the island, each villa has a private air-conditioning unit. Not only is there daily maid service in addition to the St. Regis Butler Service, but nightly turndown service as well. On a romantic get-away? Enjoy a flower petal turndown in the evening, or go all out with a French Polynesian Wedding ceremony! Whether a honeymoon or a family vacation, the St. Regis Resort has everything your heart desires.

If you somehow manage to drag yourself away from your villa, there are wonderful features on-site or around the island to make your vacation a dream. Spend your day relishing the world-renowned snorkeling in the St. Regis’s own private lagoon or relaxing beside the adults-only Oasis Pool and individual cabanas. In the evening you’ll be drawn to the Aparima beach side bar to enjoy the beautiful sunsets. Feeling adventurous? The island is overflowing with activities such as jet skiing, jeep safari tours, shark feeding,  beautiful hiking trails and sunset cocktail cruises! Your youngsters will go crazy for the specialized child activities, with their own secluded beach and indoor play area. If you need a date night, the hotel can arrange a babysitting service for you with twenty-four hours’ notice and a babysitting fee.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort truly is a royal paradise, and you are the royalty. Check-out time is at noon, and travel preparations to get you back to the airport are right at your fingertips with on-site transportation arrangements. EscapeWizard.com will be more than happy to help you arrange your stay and travel arrangements to the Bora Bora Airport. To begin planning your dream vacation at this tropical paradise, please click (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Bora Bora
By Adam J. Mohney
Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa
BP 502 Vaitapo, French Polynesia
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Book Conrad (formally Hilton) Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa on EscapeWizard.com and enjoy a laid back dream vacation on the gorgeous Polynesian island of Bora Bora. With almost every attraction and activity you would be looking for, from windsurfing to tanning, available right on-site, Hilton Bora Bora offers guests a low hassle vacation on what has been hailed one of the most gorgeous islands planet Earth has to offer.

All suites booked at Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa include ample space, luxurious amenities and beautiful views of the picturesque blue water and silver sands of Bora Bora. All suites include wood laminate flooring and granite counter tops, nearly as beautiful as the view outside. Each suite also comes with high-speed internet access, a mini bar, mini refrigerator, individual room climate control and a safe for protecting your valuables throughout your stay. Best of all, each suite includes a balcony or outside space so you can enjoy the scenic view of the coast right from the privacy of your suite.

Whether your EscapeWizard.com stay at Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa is relaxing or adventurous is entirely up to you. The multilingual staff will point you in the right direction for various beach activities such as fishing, hiking, jet skiing, sightseeing, snorkeling, scuba diving or windsurfing right on the resort. Guests can also relax near the gorgeous outdoor pool, tan in the silver sands or enjoy a night out. The hotel offers a business center for working travelers, babysitting services for families and currency exchange for making purchases in the nearby town of Vaitapo.

EscapeWizard.com also recommends you take advantage of the variety of dining options Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort has to offer. Iriata offers a Polynesian Pacific Rim and Mediterranean dinner menu in a scenic smart casual environment. Guests looking to eat on the sands of Bora Bora can also dine at the Tamura Beach Fare Grill. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner menus in a resort casual atmosphere, Tamura Beach Fare Grill is conveniently located between the swimming pool and beach and also offers live entertainment in the form of traditional dance shows. Guests hoping to unwind with some drinks can also relax at the Upa Upa Panoramic Bar or the Ta Ie Ie Beach Bar.

The relaxation, adventure and unique culture of Bora Bora are only a few clicks away. Book the vacation of your dreams at Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa now on EscapeWizard.com by clicking the following link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Bora Bora
By Tekisha Slack
InterContinental Le Moana Resort
Matira Point, BP 156 Vaitape, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
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InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort occupies what most people say is the most beautiful site in French Polynesia.  This property sits on two white sand beaches and offers a wide array of water sports, intriguing cultural activities and unique bungalows stationed over the water. 

Upon arrival to Le Moana, guests will be greeted by the hotel staff and taken through a seamless check-in process. This resort has 62 individual bungalow suites. 12 of these bungalows sit on the magnificent white sand beach and 50 are located out over the lagoon. Each bungalow comes equipped with standard amenities such as: cable / satellite TV/DVD Player, a kitchen area with mini bar, tea Maker, high-speed internet access with work desk and spare electrical outlet at desks. Each of the private bathrooms includes bathrobe, bathtub and hair dryer.

Combining a little business with your pleasure? This hotel also has some great amenities for the corporate traveler including:

    * Staffed Business Center
    * Copying
    * Courier Service
    * E-mail & Internet
    * Facsimile
     * Printer
    * PC available
    * Wireless Data Connection
    * Secretarial Services

The great location provides guests with all of the ingredients for outdoor fun and activity.  The outdoor pool lagoonarium tour, shark & ray feeding excursions scuba diving water activities, outdoor pool.

Guests also have some great dining options. The Noa Noa sits at the core of the resort. The setting is relaxing with indoor and outdoor seating and a Polynesian decor. Noa Noa taps local flavors and the chef's French savoir-faire to create fine buffet and à la carte selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Under the shade of the resort’s majestic palm trees, Vini Vini Terrace Restaurant provides a cool retreat for all-day snacks, frosty drinks or a casual lunch.

InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort has all of the ingredients for the ultimate island escape. Use EscapeWizard.com to book your stay at this beautiful resort today. Just click on the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started.