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Hotel Matira Review

One of the most compelling factors for people coming to the island of Bora Bora is to see the drop-dead, gorgeous lagoon it’s famously known for in French Polynesia and over the world.

If this is high on your priorities, then Hotel Matira at Matira Point may just be the perfect place to stay. This Bora Bora hotel is perched over the very best of what Matira Beach has to offer.

Hotel Matira has 14 traditional bungalows in different sleeping configurations overlooking a large lawn that flows down to stunning turquoise waters of every shade.

Hotel Matira Bungalows

You can sit for hours watching the shades of blue change or marvel at the clarity of the water as you watch sting rays or fish swim nonchalantly past. Matira Beach is also the only beach on the island that is open to the public and hosts a bunch of events.

The hotel is set out as a village of sorts with differing sizes in spaces between bungalows, some with lagoon views and others with garden views.


The bungalows are comfortable with the feeling of warmth that only wood provides. It’s selectively decorated so as not to feel claustrophobic, fully equipped for your tropical vacation, and a nice Polynesian touch of daily fresh flowers. Continental breakfast is served to you in your bungalow each day.

Hotel Matira

Hotel Matira is within walking distance of many of Bora Bora’s finer restaurants and snacks, like the Restaurant Matira Beach & the Restaurant Fare Manuia. The La Tahitienne, Bloody Mary’s, and even Villa Mahana are not much further. Check out our restaurant dining guide for a comprehensive review of the better restaurants in the area.

The Hotel Matira is also within a stone’s throw of many of the leading tour operators on Bora Bora. You can go on jet ski & quad tours, lagoon cruises, shark & sting ray feeding, swim with manta rays, and moon parties. Best of all, you can go and deal directly with the tour operators to save on large commissions that might otherwise need to be paid.

The coral garden scuba diving area is almost on your doorstep, as are two of the most difficult-to-reach American WWII cannons. See this site’s report on Locating the American WWII Cannons for full & complete information.

If you’re considering a tour around the island, I strongly suggest you look around the site for a list of tour guides. One of the best places to visit is the cave clinging to Mt Otemanu. Go climb it for yourself with the help of a guide! Mount OTemanu is only a 15-minute drive from Hotel Matira.

Just a fair warning, the bungalow closest to the road (management will openly tell you) can be a little noisy for those not used to the sound of intermittent traffic.