French Polynesia

Bora Bora vs Moorea

Bora Bora or Moorea

These two islands really shouldn’t be compared, as they both have a different feel about them and different things to offer.  They both however, fall into the category of “tropical island that dreams are made of”, so it’s really hard not to.

The French Polynesian Islands are not really what you would consider a budget destination, so if your funds or time only stretches so far and you need to choose between the two, it’s worth reading my following comparisons:

bora bora or moorea


Both islands have the well known over-water bungalows, however I felt that the ones in Bora Bora were more private. We stayed at the Sofitel on both islands so I can only base my experience on this.

Moorea overwater bungalows were not as private. Our beach bungalow faced directly towards them.
Bora Bora overwater bungalows are more private and the water underneath is calmer


The snorkeling visibility was fantastic on both islands, however I enjoyed the snorkeling more at Bora Bora as the water was virtually flat.  It was deeper in spots and there was more variety of coral and fish.

Snorkelling at Moorea
Snorkelling at Bora Bora


There is more white sandy beach at Moorea and hardly any at Bora Bora. However some resorts have shipped it in so you have a small area to lay on.

Spending a few days on this beautiful beach in Moorea
There is not as much sand at Bora Bora. I’m told that some of the sandy bits here are man-made


Bora bora is tiny! It is so tiny that the airport is not connected to the main island. You are taken by boat to your accommodation from the airport. This is actually really cool and exciting however it does not really take long to explore the mainland. We explored the mainland by pushbike in Bora Bora however took an organised tour in Moorea.

Checking out the lovely views in Moorea
Exploring Bora Bora on pushbike


Bora Bora is definitely more expensive in terms of accommodation and getting there. You need to take a plane to get to Bora Bora, however Moorea can be reached by ferry from Papeete in Tahiti.

The ferry between Moorea and Papeete (Tahiti)
The airplane from Tahiti to Bora Bora


I personally would choose Bora Bora over Moorea.  In saying that, I know for a fact that if I had never visited Bora Bora, then I would be totally happy at Moorea. Moorea is a fantastic destination on its own and you NEED to visit however, Bora Bora is just slightly more scenic and will absolutely ruin it for you for any other island destination.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you !!

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