Bora Bora VS Maldives
Since a lot of you asked, I’m going to talk a bit about the differences in terms of destinations between The Maldives and Bora Bora below:
The Maldives are composed by thousands of small islands and have a “One-Resort-per-Island” concept located in the Indian Ocean (just below Sri Lanka) with dry season from December to May.
There is no mountains or hills and it’s one of the flattest countries on Earth. Once you land in Male (the capital of the Maldives) you will take a small water plane to travel to your Resort-Island destination.
From there, you will have a total “Robinson Crusoe” experience since there is only you, other guests and the staff of the hotel in the entire island.
Bora Bora is located in the Southern Pacific Ocean and it’s part of the French Polynesia (a group of 5 archipelagos). Once you land in Tahiti, you need to fly to Bora Bora which is where you have the Mount Otemanu, Vaitape (main city with airport), and other smaller villages plus some guest houses and budget hotels.
The best hotels are located in private islands surrounding Bora Bora called “Motu” – reachable by boat. For instance, the Four Seasons shares a private Island with the St. Regis.
They either pick you up at the Airport or Vaitape Port if you arrived by boat.
From this “Motu” you can have breathtaking views to the Mount Otemanu and Bora Bora Island. You can get to the main Island by boat (fees applies) if you wish to leave the resort and visit the local factories of Pearls and Pareos.
The dry season is from May to October which is pricesely the opposite with the Maldives.
There is way less luxurious accommodations in Bora Bora (<8) than in the Maldives (+180). While the Maldives gather the majority of the luxurious brands in the world, in Bora Bora you only have the Four Seasons, St. Regis, Sofitel, Intercontinental, Conrad, Le Meridien, and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World (which is under the Pearl Beach Resort****).
Bora Bora can actually be a budget destination as there is many Airbnb options and villa rentals at affordable prices (but not in private islands).
Have you ever been in the Maldives or Bora Bora? What did you prefer? Let me know!