When choosing between the Maldives or Bora Bora, it’s important to consider both the accessibility and personal interests. If you’re based in Europe, the Maldives is easier to reach, with a travel time of about 10 hours on a direct flight. For those in the US, Bora Bora is closer, with a travel time of about 10 hours also.

Bora Bora, located in French Polynesia, is known for its coral-fringed lagoons, best scuba diving, and water sports like jet-skiing, paddle boarding, and snorkeling.

The island has a dormant volcano, Mount Otemanu, at its center and offers various activities such as guided hikes, jeep safaris, and shark feeding.

The Maldives is made up of over 1,000 coral islands and 26 atolls giving it a private island feel. Most resorts are located on their own individual small islands (or atolls) and offer multiple beaches, private areas, and activities. Tourist often enjoy dolphin watching and scuba diving. The Maldives are also great for relaxing and doing nothing albeit with the best view around.

In both destinations, luxurious overwater bungalows are the hot accommodation choice.

One of the biggest differences between Bora Bora and the Maldives is the level of inclusiveness and tolerance towards the LGBTQ+ community.

Bora Bora (French Polynesia) is generally considered to be more open and accepting towards the LGBT community according to the Equaldex. The Maldives is known to still have divisive laws around homosexuality.

Here are some of the top things to do in each location:


  • Snorkeling or diving to explore the coral reefs and abundant marine life
  • Visiting small islands to experience traditional Maldivian culture
  • Taking a luxury yacht tour/cruise.
  • Indulging in spa treatments and relaxation
  • Enjoying water activities such as kayaking, windsurfing, and jet-skiing

Bora Bora:

  • Snorkeling or diving in the clear waters with diverse tropical fish and corals
  • Visiting Mount Otemanu for views of the island and lagoon
  • Relaxing on one of the many stunning beaches facing the lagoon
  • Taking a boat tour to explore the surrounding islands and reefs
  • Enjoying a traditional Polynesian dance performances and feasts


Ultimately, the decision of which destination is better for LGBTQ travelers will depend on the individual preferences and needs of each personality and traveler. You can contact us for recommendations, honeymoon packages, or help deciding on destinations anytime.

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Published On: April 19, 2023Categories: Asia, Beach