In 2006 my family
and I spent 2 weeks in the area (Society Islands) chartering Belize
from Sunsail, which is based on Raiatea (as is Moorings and other chartering companies). We visited 4 islands of the group: Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora and Huahine. We liked Bora Bora the least. Bora Bora is the most beautiful of the group when it comes to nature, but we found it to be more like Disney Land - busy, touristy and over-developed. We did not feel welcome anywhere (unlike on other islands) and rudely chased away on several occasions e.g. going to resort, trying to get to the reef or approached some places. Lagoon
on the east side was being built-over with new resorts with over the water
bungalows everywhere. UGLY. If you want to go, go now since we heard rumors that they might close the lagoon
for yachts! We thought about renting
bicycles and circling the island, but the traffic was as bad as I5 in LA (well, almost
- but the smell and pollution seemed much worse). Highlight of the visit was dive on outer reef - spectacular. The point is: two weeks did not seem enough in the area, you can easily spend that much time on one island and still miss a lot, so if you have an opportunity to sail and spend more time there, do it by all means. I would in a heartbeat.