Bora Bora is one of those destinations that most people only ever dream of visiting. Crystal clear blue water and overwater bungalows galore have put this incredible French Polynesian island on the map. Honeymooners and couples flock here every year to get a taste of this paradise. While Bora Bora is known for its beauty, it’s also known for its big price tags. But what if I told you that Bora Bora doesn’t have to be as expensive as you thought, but just as good as you’ve always imagined? Let me introduce you to the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort.
Where is the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort?
The InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort is located on the island of Bora Bora. Bora Bora is in the South Pacific, part of an island nation referred to as French Polynesia. More specifically, Bora Bora is part of an archipelago in French Polynesia referred to as the Society Islands.
Most people associate Bora Bora with Tahiti, rightfully so, as they’re both part of the Society Islands. However, Bora Bora isn’t close to Tahiti like Mo’orea is. Bora Bora is closer to other islands in the archipelago, such as Tahaa and Raiatea.
Lots of resorts in Bora Bora are on outer islands, called motus, but the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana is actually attached to the mainland. This makes it much easier to leave the resort to go exploring if you’re interested.
How to Get to the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort
Before getting to the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, you have to first get to Bora Bora. Chances are, you’ll be starting your journey to French Polynesia in Tahiti.
Depending on the time your flight to Tahiti arrives, you may have to spend at least 1 night in Tahiti. Regardless of whether you’re forced to overnight in Tahiti or not, I recommend spending 1-2 nights in Tahiti. This will allow you some time to get over any jet lag and to introduce you to the islands. For your time in Tahiti, I highly recommend checking out the InterContinental Tahiti Resort.
Once your time in Tahiti is over, you’ll have to fly to Bora Bora (airport code: BOB). Bora Bora is only a 45-minute flight away from Tahiti. You’ll have to book your flight from Tahiti to Bora Bora on Air Tahiti, separate from your international flight. The flights typically cost around $250 per person one way from Tahiti to Bora Bora. Make sure to book this flight as far in advance as possible because the planes are smaller and they will sell out, especially in the high season.
The Bora Bora Airport is on a motu (the Polynesia word for island), so in order to get to the InterContinental, you’ll have to take a boat. The entire transfer process will all be arranged with the resort based on your flight time.
Once you get off the plane and grab your bags, you’ll see a little desk with a sign for InterContinental and the hotel staff will handle everything from there. The airport transfer costs around $75 per person each way, paid directly to the hotel.
Rooms & Suites at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort
There are a few different types of rooms and suites at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort. Bora Bora is known for its overwater bungalows, so it’s no surprise that the large majority of the room offerings at the InterContinental are overwater bungalows.
That being said, there is one room type offered that isn’t an overwater bungalow. Let’s talk about all the different options for rooms and suites at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana resort.
- Beach Bungalows
- Lagoon Overwater Bungalows
- Horizon Overwater Bungalows
- End of Pontoon Horizon Overwater Bungalows
- Poevai Overwater Suite
As you can see, there are 12 Beach Bungalows available if you don’t want to splurge for an overwater bungalow. Splitting up your stay between one of the Beach Bungalows and a Lagoon Overwater Bungalow is the perfect way to get the dream Bora Bora experience with an overwater bungalow without breaking the bank.
Rooms at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana
There are 4 types of rooms at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana, 3 of which are overwater bungalows. All 3 types of rooms are the exact same size, 387 square feet. Additionally, the overwater bungalows come with a 290 square foot sun deck and the beach bungalows come with a 204 square foot terrace.
The differences between the overwater bungalows and the beach bungalow should be obvious – one is overwater, the other is on the beach. However, the differences between the types of overwater bungalows are more subtle.
Since every overwater bungalow has the same size and layout, the only differences are the location and the view. The resort map below gives you a good idea of the differences in view. To give some additional reference, Bora Bora’s famous Mount Otemanu is just north and a bit west of what this map shows.
The Lagoon Overwater Bungalows, shown in yellow on the map, come with the best price, but the views of Mount Otemanu are obstructed, if you can see the mountain at all. Most of the Lagoon Overwater Bungalows have a view of the beach or more bungalows.
The End of Pontoon Horizon Overwater Bungalows, shown in tan on the map, have largely unobstructed views and the most privacy, being that they’re at the end of the pontoon. However, these also come with the highest price.
Lastly, the Horizon Overwater Bungalows, shown in pink on the map, are not only the most plentiful, but have equally as optimal views as the more expensive End of Pontoon Horizon Overwater Bungalows. The Horizon Overwater Bungalows are without a doubt the best overwater bungalows at InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana. The price is in the middle compared to the other options, and the views don’t get any better.
Regardless of what room type you choose, request to be on the mountain-facing side of the pontoon as you’ll have the best views possible.
Suites at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana
The Poevai Overwater Suite is the only type of suite at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana, and there’s only one of them. That means, if you’re interested in booking it, you have to do it as soon as possible to ensure availability!
Imagine two overwater bungalows directly next to each other, with a lounge in the middle connecting them – that’s exactly what the Poevai Overwater Suite is. The two overwater bungalows are identically sized to all the others at 387 square feet. Both also have the 290 square foot sun deck. However, the main difference is the 215 square foot lounge that connects the two bungalows.
This suite is ideal for a family traveling together, as the room capacity is 4 adults and 2 children and amounts to a total of 990 square feet.
Staying in a Horizon Overwater Bungalow
During my stay at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana, I was lucky enough to stay in one of the stunning Horizon Overwater Bungalows. The Horizon Overwater Bungalows are without a doubt the best option at InterContinental Le Moana.
We stayed in Bungalow #26, which is 1 away from the End of Pontoon Horizon Overwater Bungalows. That means, we basically got the exact same experience as the best bungalow available, for a better price. When you book your Horizon Overwater Bungalow, make sure to request one towards the end of the pontoon, facing Mount Otemanu. You can thank me later!!
Inside the Horizon Overwater Bungalows
Overwater bungalows are one of the things that draw people to Bora Bora, and for good reason! The overwater bungalows at InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana have everything you’d ever need. After walking down the pontoon to get to your bungalow, you’ll open the door to see it for the first time.
Immediately when you walk into the Horizon Overwater Bungalow, you’re greeted by the living area. This wide open space is filled with a desk, a huge TV, a minibar, a big sofa, and my favorite, the see-through coffee table that you can open to feed the fish below!
Exactly opposite of the living area is the bedroom with your choice of a King bed or 2 twin beds. The bedroom has a second TV, as well as a massive window overlooking the lagoon. Through the bedroom you’ll walk into the bathroom, which is much larger than expected. It has a big closet area, double sinks, a bathtub and separate shower, and a private toilet area.
The best part of all is the incredible sun deck, which sits right off of the living area. On the first level of the sun deck, there’s a table with two chairs, perfect to enjoy room service with a view. There are also two lounge chairs so you can lay back and soak up the sun right from your very own sun deck. Lastly, the sun deck has a second level, which is where you’ll find the ladder giving you direct access to the lagoon beneath you.
Restaurants & Bars at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana
There are a couple restaurant options at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana resort. Most packages come with breakfast included, but the resort doesn’t offer any additional meal plans, so you’ll be on your own for lunch and dinner.
Luckily, the resort has incredible food offerings to keep you satisfied 3 meals a day! You’re always welcome to leave the resort to go to restaurants on the main land, such as the famous Bloody Mary’s, but there’s plenty to eat at the InterContinental if you’d rather stay put.
Below is a list of the restaurants and bars at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana resort.
- Noa Noa Restaurant (breakfast / dinner): gourmet French-inspired cuisine, international fare, and local delicacies
- Vini Vini Bar Restaurant (lunch): refreshing island cuisine
- Romantic Dinner
- Theme Nights
- Tuesday International Buffet
- Saturday Surf & Turf with Polynesian show
- Room Service
Romantic Dinners have to be set up ahead of time, so make sure to speak to the resort’s concierge if you’re interested. There are 4 different types of Romantic Dinners, which you can see listed here.
Activities at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana
There are so many activities to do while staying at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana resort. You’ll never get bored here, especially if you love water sports and water activities.
To make it even easier to have tons of fun, the resort provides complimentary snorkeling equipment, beach towels, outrigger canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, and so much more!
Some of the activities you can engage in while staying at the resort are listed below.
- Snorkeling Tours
- Water Sports (motorized and non-motorized)
- Private Boat Rental
- Scuba Diving
- Bora Bora Safari
- Helicopter Rides
- Handicrafts & Shopping
- …and so much more!
In addition to all the above, the resort has a pool that overlooks the beach that is perfect to hang out in for the day. While snorkeling tours are offered, you can easily snorkel all around the resort. If you’re staying in an overwater bungalow, you’ll even have coral right underneath your bungalow!!
Keeping Safe at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort
This past year has been super challenging and scary for everybody. Travel has also been super challenging, but there are some places and some resorts doing everything possible to make traveling easy and accessible and the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana is doing just that.
The InterContinental has implemented tons of safety measures, enhanced sanitation practices, strict hygiene standards in accordance with the WHO, CDC, local health authorities, government advisories, and the IHG Way of Clean to ensure they deliver on the IHG Clean Promise.
Here’s a list of some of these changes to help make travel feel safer.
- Hand sanitizer stations available throughout the hotel
- Floor markers and signage to encourage social distancing
- Increased cleaning of public areas, including the lobbies, elevators, door handles, and public bathrooms
- Tables and chairs in the dining room are spaced further to allow physical distancing
- Digital menus are available through QR codes
- Modified buffet services
To learn more about the Enhanced Sanitation at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana resort, click here.
Time to Book Your Stay at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort!
Now that all of your questions about the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana resort are answered, it’s time to book your stay!! This resort is such a steal in Bora Bora and you’ll have an incredible time soaking up the sun and enjoying the beauty of Bora Bora.
Don’t waste time to book your overwater bungalow! During the high season, the resort can book up super quickly, especially because of how great of a deal this resort is. After reading this, you’re way ahead of everybody else who is looking to book the resort, so jump on it!!