This post is part of a series documenting our trip to the French Polynesia.
After a few days eating at the Bora-Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, we began to grow tired of the over-priced and sub-par food. Even though the hotel was beautiful, the food and restaurant were not to our liking.
One morning, we went ahead and asked the activities desk if they had any recommendations on restaurants to try in Bora Bora. After hearing so many good things about the restaurants at the St. Regis and Four Seasons Resorts, we really wanted to go eat there. When we told the front desk, they told us that the only way to get over there was by water taxis which cost $150 each way. Needless to say, we opted out and decided to take the$5 taxi which went from our hotel to Vaitape.
Even though we didn’t get to experience the St. Regis and Four Season’s restaurants this trip, we read excellent reviews about the Bora Bora Yacht Club on TripAdvisor.
Getting To The Bora Bora Yacht Club
Getting to the Bora Bora Yacht Club was a bit interesting. We took the $5 boat ride from the Bora-Bora Pearl Beach Resort to the main island at Vaitape. The boat dropped us off and about 10 minutes later a Bora Bora local drove by and saw we needed a ride. While the lady didn’t look like an official taxi, her and her child picked us and another couple up.
Along the way to the Bora Bora Yacht Club, we noticed quite the difference between the resort lifestyle and how the locals actually lived on the island. The resorts will filled with extravagant pools, restaurants and amenities, but the locals were living in poverty. The other couple in the van also managed to notice that the locals buried their deceased family members in their own front yards.
After a short 10-minute taxi ride, we eventually arrived at the Bora Bora Yacht Club. It didn’t seem that she had any official taxi meter, but she charged each couple a total of $15.
The Bora Bora Yacht Club First Impressions
The restaurant was not what we had originally imagined. The Yacht Club was tucked away behind large gates and had mostly outdoor eating. We noticed the in-water dining area where the tables were submerged half way in the water. The water however seemed pretty stagnant and didn’t have any clear view of the ocean in front of us. We decided to eat on the wood dock just inches away from the water… And and we didn’t regret it.
Bora Bora Yacht Club Review
While the French Polynesia tends to have high prices on food, the quality at most places seriously lacked. This was not the case for the Bora Bora Yacht Club. In addition to the gorgeous views and one of the best places to watch the sunset in Bora Bora, the Yacht Club’s dining was exquisite.
We started our dining experience with hot skewered shrimps with honey and the ‘Poisson Cru’ raw tuna salad with coconut milk. The raw tuna with coconut milk was a well-known meal in the French Polynesia, and their rendition did not disappoint. For dinner, Ashley had the ‘Tagliatelles au crevettes et St Jacques’ which was shrimp and scallop tagliatelle pasta, while I opted for the ‘Mi-cuit de thon rouge laqué au caramel de betterave’ which was the pan seared tuna stead lacquered in beetroot caramel. Both of the dishes were to die for, but I actually liked mine a bit more.
For dessert, we went with the ‘Crème brûlée à la vanille de Taha’a’ which was Crème brûlée with a hint of vanilla.
All in all, the Bora Bora Yacht Club was one of the best dining experiences we had in Bora Bora. A++.