Bora Bora*

Emphasizing strategic depth and decision-making, Bora Bora is an intriguing board game that immerses players in the rich and mysterious world of the iconic Pacific island. The game challenges players to explore islands, build settlements, gather resources, and seek the favor of the gods through a unique dice placement mechanism.

Gameplay Dynamics

  • Dice-Based Actions: Players roll dice at the start of each round, using them to select actions.
  • Action Selection Mechanism: A mix of 5-7 actions is available each round, varying with the number of players.
  • Strategic Blocking: Placing a lower number on an action can block others from choosing it, adding a layer of strategic interaction.

Core Mechanics

  • Resource Management: Players gather shells, build huts, and establish fishing grounds to expand their influence.
  • Priest Deployment: Send priests to temples to gain offerings and appease the gods.
  • Task Tiles: Individual player boards with task tiles guide strategic choices and objectives.

Player Engagement

  • Strategic Planning: Requires careful consideration of dice rolls and opponent actions.
  • Variable Strategies: Multiple paths to victory through building, resource collection, and temple offerings.
  • Interaction and Blocking: Players must adapt to the actions and strategies of their opponents.


Bora Bora stands out for its combination of dice-driven mechanics and strategic depth. It offers a rich thematic experience, set in a beautifully rendered island world, where players are challenged to think ahead, adapt, and strategically outmaneuver their opponents. The game's mix of resource management, strategic placement, and variable objectives make it a compelling choice for players who enjoy a deep, interactive, and thematic board gaming experience.

Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

  • 2 - 4 Players
  • 60 - 120 Minutes
  • 12+ years old
  • Hard to learn

We like Bora Bora so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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