You’d be hard-pressed to find a more picture-perfect backdrop for sundowners than Bora Bora’s sun-drenched beaches. Tahiti’s most exclusive island is known for fine dining, incredible diving, romantic overwater villas and tropical cocktails on the white sands.
Nightlife in Bora Bora generally starts early and ends early — no one wants to be out too late when there are such stunning sights to enjoy during the day. With that said, these are some of our favorite spots to soak up the sun, with a refreshing sip in hand.
This is probably the most famous bar in Bora Bora, and it seems to be everyone’s favorite. It’s certainly a fun place to kick up your heels.
Head across the road from the jetty to the large Polynesian house built on the sand. Stop by for lunch or dinner, or make a beeline for the bar most any other time to indulge in one of the venue’s famously strong tipples (the piña colada and Bloody Mary come highly recommended) served in plastic cups — this is the beach, after all.
Live music only adds to the bar’s festive feel while daily seafood displays highlight the morning’s freshest catch, served simply grilled and best paired with a cold cocktail.
Chic décor and laid-back island luxury blend to stylish effect at this beachfront bar within InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. The vibe here is modern Tahitian: a traditional Polynesian structure furnished with pristine white chairs and blinds.
Luckily, the cocktails are as incredible as the surroundings — try the Black Pearl Martini — and the splendidly dressed clientele.
Sit back and enjoy a view of the beach, Mount Otemanu and the lagoon from one of the bar’s three lounges.
A postcard-worthy Tahitian experience can be found at this gorgeous venue. We’re talking drinks under the palm trees on Matira Beach with a view of InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort’s overwater villas stretched across the aqua waves.
Follow the relaxing Polynesian tunes to sample happy hour at this picturesque spot, where colorful rum cocktails are paired with stellar sunsets. When you feel peckish, order up a classic cheeseburger (one of the island’s best) or opt for some local flavor in the form of Vini Vini’s famous poisson cru a la tahitienne, a dish made with marinated fish, coconut milk, tomatoes, cucumber and lime.
For a classic pour on the beach, head for this waterfront lounge at the luxe Le Meridien Bora Bora.
Don your best beachwear (the bar is directly next to both the pool and the resort’s private stretch of sand) and slide into a cozy deckchair to savor fresh tropical juices and light bites under the Tahitian sun.
Since the bar closes at 5 p.m., this one is for daytime drinks only.