Bora Bora is one of the world’s most beautiful places, made of crystal blue water, white beaches, and sweeping scenery. As such it is a very popular holiday destination.
Bora Bora is very safe holiday destination. Like any holiday, there are certainly risks, but you can trust that you will be safe on the island. The island does not experience a great deal of petty theft and crime which is mostly due to its small population.
The most common risks will be due to the natural environment. Hiking, swimming, interactions with marine life, and natural disasters are all things that people should be on high alert for.
Staying Safe in Bora Bora
The Dangers of Driving in Bora Bora
The island has many narrow streets and curvy roads. You may get into accidents if you are distracted or inattentive, especially during peak tourist seasons. Always be aware of what you are doing behind the wheel and watch out for the little things like pedestrians and cyclists.
Be Sun Safe
It is important to be sun safe when travelling to sunny destinations – especially Bora Bora. Apply sunscreen every two hours or so. When going out during the day avoid sunburn and getting a tan, wear a hat, and protect your eyes with sunglasses.
Wear Reef Shoes In The Water To Avoid Injury
When swimming in Bora Bora make sure you are wearing reef shoes. Reef Shoes are made from flexible, durable, rubber or plastic materials and are available in a variety of designs. Reef shoes are specially designed to prevent damage to your feet and ankles while you are in the water.
Bora Bora is home to many sea creatures. The coral reef around the island is one of the largest in the world. The water temperature is warm, with temperatures up to 29 degrees Celsius.
Take Precautions against Decompression Sickness (‘The Bends’)
Bora Bora is a wonderful place to visit, but many people who travel to the island suffer from ‘the bends’. This sickness occurs when you ascend too quickly from depths below 10 metres. The pressure difference between the lower pressure of the sea and the higher pressure at the surface can cause fluid in your body to move towards the surface. This can cause you to lose consciousness, experience chest pain and vomiting. The best way to avoid decompression sickness is to ascend slowly.
You should listen to your dive instructor, or ask someone at your hotel about your options. Make sure you know how long it takes for you to descend, and how long you should stay underwater before ascending.
Risk of Tsunami in Bora Bora
As you can see, the risk of tsunamis is low, but it is still possible. You should be very cautious of any warnings. If you are ever near any ocean, it is a good idea to keep watch out for tsunamis. If you are near the shoreline, make sure to move inland if you hear about a tsunami warning.
Don’t Drink Unfiltered Tap Water in Bora Bora
It is not recommended that you drink unfiltered tap water in Bora Bora. The biggest risk is that you could contract a disease that is carried by bacteria found in tap water. If you are in any danger, contact your doctor or a Bora Bora resort or hotel. He or she will be able to help you. The doctor will be able to tell you which medications to take and which treatments to follow.
Stay Hydrated While On Bora Bora
If you are on Bora Bora, drinking enough water will be beneficial. It’s also important to drink enough water to prevent dehydration. Dehydration can cause dizziness, headaches, and cramps. If you are suffering from dehydration, you should drink plenty of water and try not to drink alcohol.
Sharks and Wildlife in Bora Bora
Shark attacks in Bora Bora are very rare, but still it is important to be cautious while in the water. Where you can avoid, interacting with sharks or any wildlife you can’t recognise Jellyfish, and poisonous fish are also present in Bora Bora’s coral reef, so be careful and take precautions.
Bora Bora: A Safe Holiday
Bora Bora holidays are a very safe choice for people wanting a low risk trip. The main things that travllers should look out for is natural risk factors like not swimming out too far, staying sun safe, and avoiding wildlife.
However as long as you excersise precautions, you should be fine.