A breathtaking turquoise lagoon, iconic overwater bungalows and luxurious resorts make the magical island of Bora Bora an incomparable experience for meetings. Each resort has its own signature style, with experts on hand to customize the perfect meeting, retreat, wedding or other special event with superb accommodations, delectable group menus, and a wealth of individual or group activities as exhilarating or relaxing as you desire. Bora Bora event venues set the tone for Polynesian-style entertainment and attractions.
Located about 140 miles northwest from Papeete, Tahiti (about a 50-minute flight) and surrounded by a coral reef that makes a water arrival impossible, Bora Bora is accessible only by air via several daily flights on the inter island airline Air Tahiti (not to be confused with the international carrier Air Tahiti Nui, which flies only into Papeete). Once there, a group's experience begins with the warm greeting of Ia Orana (welcome) and a ride on modern and spacious boat shuttles provided by most resorts. (Public taxi boat service can also be arranged at the airport.)
Hotel venues in Bora Bora include Four Seasons, InterContinental, St. Regis, Hilton, Le Meridien and Sofitel, all of which have properties designed to provide the best of everything for groups and conferences. Among the most emblematic dwellings are the overwater bungalows: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora offers 100 overwater bungalows and seven beachfront villas, four restaurants, and full-service spa with open-air treatment decks, set on 54 acres of a tropical grove and secluded private beaches. Events can include a traditional Polynesian wedding ceremony, beach barbecue, fire-dancing show, an elegant, fine-dining gala or any number of themed events, set at venues such as a 1,226-square-foot pavilion, a 750-square-foot event room with veranda and much more. Elsewhere, the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa has 50 thatched roof overwater bungalows, in-room glass tables that open to feed the fish below and the serene Manea Spa, partially constructed with the bamboo that was cut to clear the area. In addition to an extensive list of guided activities and excursions, an educational coral nursery is designed to raise awareness of the importance of the reefs in environmental protection.
Most of the resorts are situated on the motus (tiny islands) facing the mainland, and many resorts offer free scheduled boat shuttles to and from the village of Vaitape, where groups can shop, sightsee and get a closer look at the extinct volcanic peak Mount Otemanu (2,385 feet), as well as Mount Pahia (2,159 feet). An especially popular stop on the mainland is the world-famous Bloody Mary's Restaurant & Bar, a favorite of visitors, groups and celebrities from around the world.