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The first thing that strikes you when see Bora Bora is how blue the water is. Since the island is surrounded by a lagoon, the water is a very saturated turquoise blue––the kind that you would normally use a filter to achieve. Except here, it is all-natural.
Bora Bora is one of these idyllic destinations that come to mind when you think about the perfect beach getaway––over water villas set against majestic views of lush mountains, sun-drenched white sand beaches, a coral reef in pristine condition, delicious (and fresh!) seafood…we can keep going. The reasons to visit this small French Polynesian island are far too many. So if you have already booked your tickets and accommodation, it’s time to think about what you’re going to pack.
Warm weather essentials such as sunglasses, a hat, and a beach coverup go without saying. Pack lightweight and breezy clothes––sundresses for the ladies and short-sleeved shirts and pants in linen and cotton for the gentlemen. And plenty of swimsuits, of course, since you will be spending most of your time lounged by the ocean with a cocktail in hand.
For everything else, read on to make sure you have everything you need during your vacation in paradise.
European Travel Plug Adapter
Since Bora Bora is an official French territory, you’re going to need to bring a European electric plug to be able to charge and use your devices. We love this one because it features two USB ports so you could be charging three devices at the same time.
To buy: $14, amazon.com
Olympus Tough TG-5 Digital Camera
Bora Bora is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef, so bringing a waterproof camera will let you capture the gorgeous scenery both above and under water. The 12-megapixel Olympus Tough TG-5 is waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, and freezeproof––it’s basically indestructible so feel free to take it with you snorkeling, kayaking, or hiking. It features various shooting modes, which is very practical, and WiFi so you can quickly share your snaps with the world.
To buy: $400, bestbuy.com
Vilebrequin Takeoff Herringbone Turtles Rash Guard
The sun can get pretty strong in Bora Bora, so packing a rash guard for extra protection is essential, especially if you’re planning on spending a lot of time doing water activities like stand up paddle boarding. You can easily get burned while you’re in the water, even if you often apply sunscreen. Vilebrequin also offers a similar style for women.
To buy: $135, zappos.com
Cressi F1 Scuba Diving Snorkeling Frameless Mask
The coral reef off of the island is a dream come true for divers. Even if you’re not a pro, you have to check it out––it is bursting with life and color! Pack your own snorkeling mask like this anti-fog one made with hypoallergenic silicone. It is travel-friendly because it folds flat since it doesn’t have a plastic frame.
To buy: $35, amazon.com
Bioderma Photoderm Apres-Soleil Refreshing After-Sun Milk
While we’re sure you’re not going to forget to pack reef-friendly sunscreen, taking care of your skin post sun-exposure is extremely important, too. This lotion, also appropriate for those with sensitive skin, contains ginkgo biloba and shea butter that hydrate, soothe, and prolong a tan.
To buy: $17, amazon.com
Bells & Becks The Martina Marine Sandals
Even in the most luxury resorts in Bora Bora the ambiance is rather relaxed, so you can ditch your high heels and opt for a pair of elegant flat sandals. We are absolutely in love with these ones because of the gorgeous blue color and impeccable quality. Style-wise, they are super versatile, so you can wear them during the day for a trip to Vaitape, the largest town on the island, or in the evening with a maxi dress.
To buy: $255, bellsandbecks.com
Amazon Kindle Oasis
Amazon’s new Kindle is super light and compact. It is also water-resistant and features adjustable warm light that’s easy on your eyes at night.
To buy: $280, amazon.com
Gucci Leather-Trimmed Canvas Backpack
This is the ultimate vacation backpack. It’s lightweight, packable, and fits a day’s worth of essentials should you decide to explore the island beyond the beaches.
To buy: $890, net-a-porter.com
While the white sand beaches of Bora Bora’s luxury resorts are impeccably maintained, we would recommend you pack a pair of aqua socks in case you go stand up paddle boarding or you visit any of the motus (or islets) around Bora Bora.
To buy: $14, amazon.com
Hydro Flask Water Bottle
As beautiful as the weather is in Bora Bora, its humidity and heat can easily cause dehydration. Stay hydrated with this durable bottle by Hydro Flask.
To buy: $33, hydroflask.com