You cannot just head to town to grab dinner or experience the local culture. Ours had the option to do a day trip to experience “the Maldivian life” . They also had wine tasting activities, scuba/snorkeling trips, catamaran options and lots of spa services. Some of the experiences you’ll find in Tahiti can’t be replicated elsewhere.
The Maldives meanwhile is a low-lying island country in the north-central Indian Ocean with its closest neighbours being India and Sri Lanka – both of which are around 600km. However, considering Bora Bora is part of French Polynesia, it’s super easy to visit other islands of French Polynesia during a visit to Bora Bora, like Tahiti, Moorea, and Taha’a. It’s a really quick flight in between all the islands of French Polynesia and you have to fly into Tahiti to visit any of these islands. Because of the ease of visiting other destinations in conjunction with Bora Bora, I would say Bora Bora wins this category.
The emerald sea gives the most mesmerizing views from resort islands. The Maldives is a string of low-lying sandy islands lined with lush palm trees floating in the Indian Ocean. In fact, it’s an archipelago made of approximately 1,200 coral islands in the Indian Ocean. A big difference to note is that Bora Bora has a gorgeous mountainous landscape, allowing for hiking, ATV’ing, and some land-based activities.
Another reason the Maldives feels so off the map is the 16-hour time difference. While it makes for some pretty rough jet lag, it can feel really nice to be totally disconnected from the ‘real world’. St. Regis Bora Bora– a great option for redeeming Marriott reward points.