Hike on Bora Bora: Hiking in Bora Bora is a rewarding experience because the lush tropical vegetation is so beautiful and there are incredible views from different vantage points. There are good hiking trails and, as the island is small, they can be covered in a few days.
Given its small size and mountainous, jungle-like interior, you don’t really have to walk too far to feel miles away from civilization. in one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world from your new point of view.
Mountain Climbing in Bora Bora
Hiking and rock climbing in Bora Bora should be done during the dry season (winter). Tours only take place during the drier months. Check the Bora Bora weather page to learn more about the seasons in Bora Bora.
Mount Otemanu Climb – Hike on Bora Bora
Mount Otemanu (727m), the highest and most recognized feature of the island of Bora Bora, can only be climbed up to its “shoulders”. Climbed on foot, it is possible for a helicopter to land on its summit.
About 6 hours back, difficult. Can you hike Mt Otemanu? The question is in every hiker’s mouth when they first see it. As Bora Bora’s highest point, Mount Otemanu dominates the landscape and showcases both travel brochures and the feed of nearly every social media influencer he visits, perhaps it’s one of the most recognized geological characteristics of French Polynesia. Who wouldn’t want to brag about having conquered it?
Mount Pahia Climb – Hike on Bora Bora
Up for a challenge? Mount Pahia may be climbed in approximately four hours through shape and skilled hikers. You ought to best do that strenuous interest in a dry climate or the unmaintained path can be muddy and slippery. In Vaitape take the street to the south of the Protestant church. Follow it up till you byskip clumps of mango trees, wherein you veer a bit in the direction of the left. Circle the cliffs maintaining to the pinnacle of the left side.
A neighborhood manual could be very useful. Some of the websites supplying those are outdated. The best manual we recognize supplying a Mount Pahia climb is Azdine, who additionally takes excursions thru the Valley of the Kings. For his 6 hours, 2,168ft (661m) excursion you need to be very matched and now no longer be afflicted by vertigo.
Toby Raff Shot Bora Bora – Hike on Bora Bora
The hike from the tower behind Povaie Bay across over the top of Mata Pupu & onto Mt Otemanu is simply sensational. Such has been the impact of the hike on the writer & such is the manner with which its sheer beauty has left climbers speechless that I just had to pull it out from behind the sporting event that brought it to your attention & yell it out to the world!
One starts some 50m south of ‘Galerie Alain & Linda’ taking an access road up to the readily apparent transmission tower. A large cement water storage plant alongside the tower offers climbers a well-earned stop with, to one side, views over the sensational waters surrounding Point Faaone & on to Raiatea & Tahaa &, to the other, a panorama taking viewers from Matira to Motu Tapu & onto Vaitape with Maupiti enticing viewers from afar:
Lagoon Bora Bora Island : Hike on Bora Bora
Pupu Otemanu Bora Bora : Hike on Bora Bora
I can’t tell you how good it feels to reach the top of Mata Pupu & gaze out at the stunningly beautiful panorama that awaits you; it’s a feeling though that I strongly recommend you experience – I’ve had hardened water enthusiasts tell me that this outing beats by far any jet-ski tour of the island.
Here’s a sample of what hits you – the view out over Motu Piti Au’u (‘twice the giving’) & over Faaone Point (‘bend in the sand’) across to a distant Raiatea & Tahaa. Huahine too is actually visible through lost here in the required compression of the image:
Bora Bora Resorts : Hike on Bora Bora
Bora Bora’s world-renowned resorts & their overwater bungalows are all laid out before your eyes:
Mount Pahia: best views of the island
Around 6 – 8 hours return, difficult
Mount Pahia is Mount Otemanu’s twin-peaked and shorter sibling, topping out at 658 m (2159ft). Hikers will experience incredible panoramic views not only across Bora Bora but out into the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean. Pahia is no walk in the park either and unlike Otemanu, you can actually reach the peak.
Don’t feel bad if before you reach the top your body says, “What on earth were you thinking?” The views are amazing from even halfway up so you’re still in for a treat.
A local guide is recommended due to the dangerous hiking conditions, which involve climbing, ropes, and forging through an unmaintained track.
The track can be found near Hine Pearls, just south of the pretty Protestant Church with the red spire in the town of Vaitape. However, it’s best to ask around when you get there as nothing is signposted.
Farepiti Cannons : Hike in Bora Bora
Approx 2.4km return from the road (1.5 miles), 20min one way, easy to moderate
Listen out for the island’s 4×4 and quad bike tours, which can be heard rumbling up the narrow track behind you if you happen to be hiking it. The upside to being on the tour route is that this track is really obvious and it’s hard to get lost.
Perched on the mountainside above Point Pahua on the western point of the island, the views from the cannons are superb. One cannon looks out towards the main town of Vaitape and Teavanui Pass and the other looks out over the expanse of the lagoon towards Pearl Beach Resort.
The initial section will give your calves a workout and make you sweat in the tropical humidity. However, don’t despair, it eases off a little after around 450 meters (1476ft) when you reach a plateau with nice views over to Motu Ahuna in the lagoon. From here, it’s an easier hike to the cannons.
The track can be found by heading clockwise around the island on the main road. Around 350 meters (1148ft) past the cargo vessel quay in Farepiti, you will see a dirt road to the cannons snaking up the hill to your right.
The Bora Bora Loop
20 mile (32km), easy to moderate
For those who have a few days up to their sleeve and are comfortable with the concept of multi-day hiking, this 32-km loop (19.8mi) could very well be the stuff that dreams are made of. The Bora Bora Loop follows the coastal road all the way around the entirety of the main island. This is the only hike that’s all-weather accessible as the road is paved and not too mountainous.
The highlight of this hike is, well … everything. It’s the opportunity to not miss a single stunning stretch of coastline, view of the lagoon, village, and fabulous eatery. The best part? You get to choose where you stay each night and how far you walk each day.
Top tips for hiking in Bora Bora
- A guide is recommended for hiking Bora Bora’s interior tracks. This is due to the lack of signage, overgrown tracks, and the mountainous nature of the trails. Polynesia Island Tours has an excellent reputation.
- Never hike the off-road tracks during or after rain. The track will be too slippery and downright dangerous.
- Many tours only operate during the dry season (winter).
- The hikes to Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia are not for the faint-hearted. You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness and know your body’s limits.
- Do not attempt to hike Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia if you can’t deal with heights or suffer from vertigo.