The quirky, tiki-style Bloody Mary’s was opened by Polish aristocrat Baron Jerzy Hubert Edward von Dange in 1979. Known simply as George to his friends, von Dange created a tiki-style eatery, and the combination of fresh seafood and fun atmosphere made it an instant hit. Von Dange sold the restaurant to LA businessman Dexter Hewett in the mid-80s but the laid-back tiki atmosphere and excellent seafood remain. After a day out on the water swimming, sailing or taking a jet ski tour, many visitors would tell you there’s no better place to refuel and relax.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The restaurant floor is covered with sand and may be challenging for visitors with limited mobility.
- Remember to check out the restrooms—they have waterfalls in place of sinks.
- The most popular water sports in the area are snorkeling and scuba diving.
How to Get There
Bloody Mary’s is found in Povai Bay on the island of Bora Bora in French Polynesia. The closest international airport to Bora Bora is at Papeete in Tahiti. To reach Bora Bora you’ll need to fly to Tahiti and transfer to a smaller plane from there.
When to Get There
The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday year-round and closed on Sunday. It’s a popular spot for both lunch and dinner, and the bar area stays open later into the evening. High season in Bora Bora runs from May to October when the weather is driest.
Hike Mount Pahia Experienced hikers looking for a challenge on the island should head to Mount Pahia. Best enjoyed with a guide there’s no marked trail up, but for those with the stamina and sense of adventure to scale the mountain, the rewards are worth it as you’ll enjoy panoramic views over the island and the turquoise Pacific Ocean beyond.