Bora Bora Vacation Guide
Is Bora Bora on your bucket list? If it’s not, it should be!! It is one of THE most beautiful islands in the world and the birth place of the iconic overwater bungalows.
Bora Bora is the ultimate romantic island paradise.
Its extraordinarily stunning turquoise lagoon and pristine white sand beaches are just the beginning of what makes this place so special. I was basically in awe pretty much the whole time I was in Bora Bora – from the striking views around every turn to the amazing activities to the wonderful people.
This incredible place definitely lives up to the hype!
I’ve put together a Bora Bora FAQ for you below to answer the most common questions people typically have when they're first learning about the island.
Where is Bora Bora?
Bora Bora is one of 118 islands in French Polynesia (commonly referred to as the Islands of Tahiti), which is located in the Pacific Ocean between California and Australia, about five hours south of Hawaii.
Bora Bora is part of the group of islands called the Society Islands that also include other popular islands like: the main island of Tahiti, Mo’orea, Taha’a, Raiatea, and Huahine.
PRO TIP: You can click here to download the Tahiti Vacation Guide that has maps and lots of other really helpful info about the islands.
How far is Bora Bora from the U.S.?
It is actually quite easy to get to Bora Bora from the U.S. The flight from California to the Faa’a International Airport (PPT) on the main island of Tahiti is only eight hours: Air Tahiti Nui and Air France currently fly out of Los Angeles and Frenchbee and United fly out of San Francisco.
From Tahiti, you will take a 50-minute flight to Bora Bora and then a short boat transfer to most resorts.
PRO TIP: The best views are typically from the left side of the plane on the flight from Tahiti to Bora Bora.
When is the best time to visit Bora Bora?
The best time to go to Bora Bora is from May to October, which is their dry season. The weather in Bora Bora is warm and tropical all year with average highs in the mid-80’s and lows in the mid-70’s, however, November to April are considered to be rainy season.
May to October is winter in Bora Bora when temperatures are not as hot and humid making it a more pleasant time to visit.
PRO TIP: The shoulder season months of November and April can be great times to go to Bora Bora when rates are usually lower and there are fewer visitors.
Is Bora Bora all inclusive?
There are no true all inclusive resorts in Bora Bora. Most resorts only include breakfast with your stay and offer a half board (dinner only) or full board (lunch and dinner) meal plan for an additional cost.
A resort might have an “all inclusive” package, however, it is still not the same as the all inclusive resorts in Mexico or the Caribbean where all of your meals and beverages are included.
PRO TIP: I usually recommend doing the half board option over the full board because a lot of excursions include lunch.
How much is Bora Bora?
A vacation to Bora Bora for a week usually starts around $10k for two people depending on when you go and the type of accommodations you choose. This includes your international flights, your inter-island flights, staying in an overwater bungalow for at least part of your stay, and an excursion or two. Food and drinks are usually in addition to this.
PRO TIP: To cut back on costs, you can do a split-stay where you spend your first few nights in a beach bungalow and then end your trip with a few nights in an overwater bungalow.
Where to stay in Bora Bora?
Most resorts in Bora Bora are located on the outer ring of islets that surround the main island. The majority have overwater bungalows and at least one restaurant and bar available on property.
If money is no object, then the best resort in Bora Bora is the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. It has breathtaking views of Mount Otemanu, top notch food and service, and the largest overwater bungalows in Bora Bora.
PRO TIP: There are fewer rooms available in the Islands of Tahiti than the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, so it’s smart to book as early as possible – especially if you have dreams of staying in one of the famous Bora Bora overwater bungalows.
What are the top things to do in Bora Bora?
You can do as little or as much as you want when it comes to activities in Bora Bora. Snorkeling and diving are at the top of the list because of the tropical fish-packed lagoon, and you can also do shark and/or sting ray excursions (such an awesome experience!).
There are non-motorized water sports like kayaking and paddle boarding, and you can also do motorized water sports like jet skiing. A sunset catamaran ride is the perfect romantic experience or how about a picnic lunch on a private motu (aka a small islet)?
Most activities center around the ocean, but you can also do things like hiking and ATVing on the main island of Bora Bora. Many resorts also have Polynesian shows at least one a week, and you can head to the village of Vaitape to do some shopping at a local market.
PRO TIP: Packing an underwater camera or waterproof case for your cell phone is a must to capture all of your amazing experiences.
Time Zone: 5 hours behind CST during daylight savings (same as Hawaii)
Currency: French Pacific Franc (XPF); credit cards are accepted at most resorts/stores
Voltage: 220 volt (French outlet plugs)
Language: French and Tahitian are the official languages and English is widely spoken in tourist areas
Cuisine: Blend of French and Asian flavors combined with local ingredients like exotic fruits and fresh fish
PRO TIP: “Ia Ora Na” (yo-rah-nah) means Hello and “Mauruuru” (mah-roo-roo) means Thank You.
There’s really nowhere else in the world quite like Bora Bora. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind destination that’s perfect for your honeymoon or a special romantic getaway.
If Bora Bora is on your bucket list and you’re ready to start planning your visit, I'd love to help you plan a fabulous getaway!
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