You can expect countless beaches here and some forests and mangroves. While its islands do not have hills, some dunes go as high as 3 meters . From NYC – Tie with the Maldives being slightly more convenient with many more flights to choose from under 22 hours. We’ve just spent three wonderful months sailing in French Polynesia exploring the various island groups and love your view on French Polynesia.

There is so much to do in Bora Bora for all types of travelers. For adventurers, scuba diving and snorkeling are fantastic options. Both Bora Bora and the Maldives involve further travel from the international airport. In the Maldives, you will need to take a seaplane or a speedboat to whichever resort you have chosen.

If you want beaches comparable to those in Maldives and Seychelles but also want some sightseeing opportunities then Seychelles is a better option. If you want both beaches and culture, Fiji is a better alternative than the Maldives, Bali, or Bora Bora, as it boasts some of the most gorgeous beaches and intriguing culture. Bali is crammed with pubs, clubs, live DJs, and beach bars where you may drink and dance till dawn.

Surfing, snorkeling, and deep-sea diving are also available on Bingin, Amed, and Dreamland beaches. If you love to snorkel or scuba dive, either of these destinations are going to be HEAVEN for you. I 50mm lens street photography can’t pick between the two – I had SO much fun exploring the underwater paradises of each. In the Maldives, the high season runs December through April, and the rainy monsoon season is May-November.

Unlike Maldives, Seychelles does not restrict visitors to a single island or beach. You are free to travel to as many beaches and islands as you wish. Additionally, Seychelles’ beaches and resorts are never crowded. In other words, regardless of whether you’re on a honeymoon, family holiday, or backpacking trip, Seychelles is a great place for all types of travelers. Bora Bora has somegreat luxury resorts, but the options are far fewer than in the Maldives. You will find many overwater villas, and as the location is smaller, expect to come across people in the water doing water sports and other activities.

We also stayed at the Premium over water bungalow in Mooerea Pearl Beach & Tikehau Pearl Beach. Of the 15 days in overwater bungalow, only 5 in Bora Bora was impressive. All overwater bungalows looks the same in French Polynesia. But when we stayed in Delux Aqua Villa in Zitahli resort in Maldives with private plunge pool, it just took our breath away!!! It took us 3 weeks to decide if we want the Japanese style overwater bungalow or the Hop European style or rustic style before we decided on the modern design of Zitahli.

Costco and the Tahiti Tourism website often have deals for Bora Bora. The things about these two destinations is that they are on the opposite sides of the world, which means, when one is having its best weather, the other is not. I would recommend setting up flight alerts to track prices for your anticipated travel dates. If you are flying into Bora Bora from Tahiti, sit on the left side of the plane in one of the first 5 rows for the best views of the island coming in.

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