Exquisite culinary experiences, arcades of intriguing shops, traditional markets and a pretty fishing harbor await in Bora Bora’s largest town.
Vaitape is a major town on Bora Bora’s western edge. The town looks out to the opening of the island’s sparkling lagoon. As one of the island’s key transport hubs, Vaitape is well connected with Bora Bora’s exceptional attractions and resorts. Spend some time in this little town however and you’ll discover some of the island’s rich traditions, fantastic food, beautiful handcrafts and local hot spots.
One of the first sights you’ll see in the town is the charming Vaitape Harbor. All manner of watercraft from catamarans to cruise boats come in to moor at this harbor. Make your way into town to explore the shopping arcades and the Centre Commercial La Pahia mall.
Vaitape is the island’s administrative center and has a wide range of amenities, including banks, post offices and grocery stores. Check out the pretty pink Protestant Church with its backdrop of Mount Hue. Explore the shops and markets to pick up exquisite local keepsakes, including Tahitian black pearls and traditional pareo garments. Locally made creations are exhibited in studios, craft workshops and galleries. You’ll also find an antiques store in the town.
Chat with tour operators to organize your sightseeing adventure or wilderness experience on Bora Bora. Visit the Lagoonarium to swim with tropical fish, sharks and turtles. From Vaitape, you can embark on snorkeling and scuba-diving tours to the nearby barrier reef or book a charter boat. Hire a guide to show you the hiking trails that lead to Mount Pahia.
Sample some of Vaitape’s gastronomical delights at a café, restaurant or bar. French and Polynesian cuisine is primarily on the menu. Try delicious tropical breadfruit and pineapple, as well as local fish dishes, such as wahoo.
There are accommodations in Vaitape. Alternatively, book a villa or bungalow at one of the nearby beaches or islets and make use of the shuttle service offered by your resort. Reach Vaitape by flying into Bora Bora’s airport and catching the ferry into town. Visit the town on a stopover with your cruise. Taxis, buses and bicycles are available for exploring the town.