Staying on the main island of Bora Bora lets you enjoy eating at local Bora Bora restaurants outside of your resort. Here's easy to get to interesting Bora Bora restaurants near Matira beach.
Want some tasty, less expensive food? Try the local mahi mahi or a grilled steak at this simple outdoor eatery and sample the Polynesian way of life. It's just a few minutes down the other side of the Circle Island Road. The folk who run it are very hospitable (and don't have email facilities). Mathilde from the Intercontinental Le Moana reception said that she often gets an email from past guests asking her to take a message and photographs over to them.
This restaurant is to the right, just outside Intercontinental Le Moana and has a wood fired pizza oven in the terrace area at the front. The restaurant is inside. The food is simple and good. It is very popular with locals, especially on a Friday night. The bar is out the back, on the patio by the swimming pool, which was bought from the Hotel Bora Bora when it closed. This is a good place to go if you want to meet real locals.
This variety store, across the road from Fare Manuia, is a convenient place to buy cheaper water.
Located right on Matira Beach, this is a good place to get drinks.
It's a pleasurable 15 minute walk to the left along the Circle Island
Road, with lovely views of Matira Beach along the way.
Locals rate this as the best of the Bora Bora snack bars in the area. The owner Claude closes it over the Christmas/New year period.
This snack bar is a little further on (and the other side of the road) from Snack Matira and serves basic hamburgers and
fresh, island fish.
Looking for lunch in Vaitape? Aloe (across and up the road from Chin's market) has simple, typical French influenced local cuisine including hamburgers and milkshakes. It's good value for Bora Bora.
If you're keen to keep your food budget low, make sure you visit one of these early in your stay. You'll be shopping with the locals.
Tiare Mini-Mart is a 10 minute walk, to the right, on the Circle Island Road. This thriving little store is patronised by locals, and tourists from nearby hotels. There's plenty of choice to put together your own picnic lunch. Save money on water too.
Chin Lees at Vaitape (about $10 by taxi ride or hotel shuttle) has fruit, vegies, French bread sticks and some delicious cooked meats and seafood. Quality bottled water is very cheap here too.
Staying on the main island makes it easy to get to any of the interesting Bora Bora restaurants.
Bora Bora restaurants offer shuttle pick up from your hotel or pension. We can recommend trying the fresh Polynesian food, right on the water, at the friendly Bora Bora Yacht Club or the 'feet in the sand' Kaina Hut. For amazing French cuisine book ahead for the best table at Villa Mahana. La Bounty is a 15 minute walk (north) from Matira Beach and serves quite good French food, for less money.
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