I can’t believe it’s been a year since our trip to Bora Bora! It still feels like it was just a fabulous dream! In honor of our trip, I thought I’d put together a little Bora Bora travel guide!
Getting to Bora Bora from the US isn’t as hard as you may think. It involves two plane changes (LAX and Tahiti). It’s about an 8 hour flight from LAX to Tahiti, and then about another 45 minutes from Tahiti to Bora Bora. We paid about $1,500 per person from New York to Tahiti, which is a good price. Anything less than that jump on it, and anything more, play with your dates, wait, or search around (but do note your airline options are pretty limited). Once in Tahiti, Air Tahiti is your ONLY flight option. An average price to Bora Bora is about $400 per person, but also consider looking into other local islands that may be worth visiting and consider getting an island fare pass.
P.S. While in French Polynesia, we also visited the amazing island of Moorea! We stayed at the perfect resort if you love snorkeling, our villa had it’s own private pool, and we did fun excursions, like ATVing around the island!
So for our trip, rather than going directly from Tahiti to Bora Bora, we stopped over in Moorea (we took the ferry from Tahiti). While on a map you may think taking a ferry from Tahiti to Bora Bora is a thing, it’s not. Fly. After our time in Moorea, we were able to fly from Moorea to Bora Bora, without having to go back to Tahiti, which is really nice! It definitely costs a little more, but it was worth it in order to add a whole other island to our trip (you can see a full cost breakdown of the trip here). And if you do decide to visit Moorea, definitely opt to take the ferry vs. fly!
TIP: When flying to Bora Bora, sit on the LEFT side of the plane for a view of a lifetime!
What To Do In Bora Bora
Seriously, you can go here and do nothing. We stayed at the Four Seasons Bora Bora and there’s enough to do that you don’t ever have to leave the resort. It’s home to one of the best spa’s I’ve ever experienced, it has it’s very own snorkel sanctuary, non-motorized water sports (like paddle boarding) are free, and not only are the restaurants plentiful but the food is fantastic. I LOVED our breakfasts at Tere Nui, and I had the best filet of my life at Arii Moana.
Additionally, if you want you can venture off property. The concierge is beyond amazing and will book anything for you. On a separate note, I highly recommend Moana Adventure Tours. We had a fun-filled day with them jet skiing around the entire island, and we got to swim with rays and sharks!
The beach-view bungalows are the least expensive option. They are beautiful, and in my opinion, one of the most private overwater bungalow options. However, if you’re making the trip all the way to Bora Bora, do yourself a favor and spend a night or two in the Mt. Otemanu Overwater Bungalow With Pool. I know the price is exorbitant, but I promise it’s worth it. The resort makes it easy to split your stay in different bungalows, and it really is a room of a lifetime.
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! I feel like it goes without saying, but sunscreen! Bugs were not an issue for us, and the resort provides bug spray in your room, so don’t bother packing it. You can live in your bathing suit here, with wearing a coverup, shoes, pants/shirt for the restaurants. I would bring nicer clothes (resort wear) for Arii Moana, but this is an airy hotel with a total resort vibe! I always recommend swim shoes and swim shirts (you never know with coral!). Walking shoes aren’t needed, as if you don’t want to walk far the hotel always has a golf cart ready for you. One of the most fun things we did was bring a tube from home and tie it to our bungalow. The hotel charges $50 to do this for you, but it’s easy enough to bring from home and it provided endless fun! Water bottles are provided in your room (and refreshed during turndown service), and in room and around the resort Wi-Fi is free.
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I have a number of videos I made from our trip, which can be found on my YouTube channel!
Jet Skiing Around The Island