InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora
Start your day with breakfast on the deck of your overwater bungalow. A feast of fresh fruits and pastries, breakfast is delivered over the water on a traditional pirogue (wooden canoe) bedecked in flowers. Then take a private speedboat cruise around the blue lagoon. You'll be able to stop at all the best snorkelling spots, swimming with turtles, rays and many species of vibrant tropical fish.
For lunch, take up your table in the shallows of a private beach. Here, with your feet in the water, you'll enjoy a picnic of the freshest seafood, roast chicken and salads. After lunch, go diving. An instructor will take you to the top dive sites, where you will be able to swim among docile reef sharks, mantas and stingrays. Alternatively, visit the Deep Ocean Spa at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa for a heavenly treatment. The spa uses water drawn from the very depths of the Pacific Ocean, which is extremely pure and mineral-rich as a result. Enjoy an invigorating scrub, a detoxifying wrap or a relaxing massage.
The perfect end to the day is a sunset cruise on a local outrigger canoe. Board one of these traditional canoes and you can sail out to sea and back over the shallow reef. Back on land, enjoy a cocktail on the deck of your bungalow as the sun sinks behind the legendary Mount Otemanu, then savour a delicious dinner on the beach.
Many festivals take place in Bora Bora. The Heiva i Tahiti in July is a celebration of Polynesian culture, and Hawaiki Nui, which happens each October, is a three-day outrigger canoe race.
In Tahitian, Bora Bora means 'first born'. According to Polynesian mythology, Bora Bora was the first piece of land to emerge from the sea after the sacred island of Raiatea was created. Captain James Cook landed here in 1777. The island is known as 'the pearl of the Pacific' and its lagoon is considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
Monoi and tamanu oils are local beauty secrets. Tamanu is applied to sunburn and mosquito bites, and monoi is an excellent body moisturiser.
Polynesian tattoos are an ancient tradition and have many different meanings. They were originally made with sharks' teeth, but these days sterilised needles are used. Two great tattoo artists, Fati and Marama, offer their services on Bora Bora.