I can’t believe it’s been a year since our wonderful trip to Bora Bora! It feels like it was just a dream! I put together a Bora Bora travel guide for those who don’t want to read through every single post.
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 another 45 minutes from Tahiti to Bora Bora. We paid around $1,500 per person from New York to Tahiti, which is a good price. Anything less than that, jump on, and anything more, play with your dates, or wait. Once in Tahiti, Air Tahiti is your ONLY carrier option. An average price from Tahiti to Bora Bora is about $400 per person. Also consider looking into other local islands that may be worth visiting (like Moorea), and consider getting an island fare pass.
Rather than going directly from Tahiti to Bora Bora, we stopped over in Moorea for a few days. We took the ferry from Tahiti to get there. While on a map you may think taking a ferry from Tahiti to Bora Bora is a thing, it’s not. Fly. We then flew from Moorea to Bora Bora, without having to go back to Tahiti.
TIP: When flying into Bora Bora, sit on the LEFT side of the plane for a view of a lifetime!
What To Do In Bora Bora
We stayed at the Four Seasons Bora Bora Resort, and there’s enough here that you don’t ever have to leave the grounds. It’s home to one of the best spas I’ve ever been to, and has it’s very own snorkel sanctuary. There’s also non-motorized water sports (like paddle boarding), which are free! The food is fantastic! I LOVED our breakfasts at Tere Nui, and I had the best filet at Arii Moana.
Additionally, there’s plenty of adventure to be had if you want to see the island. I highly recommend Moana Adventure Tours. We had a fun-filled day with them jet skiing around the island, visiting the coral gardens, and swimming with rays and sharks!
At the Four Seasons Bora Bora, the beach-view bungalows are the least expensive accommodation. 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 dreamy 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. The resort provides bug spray in your room, so don’t bother packing it. You can live in your bathing suit here. Coverup, shoes, pants/shirt for the restaurants. I would bring nicer clothes (resort wear) for Arii Moana, but there’s a total resort vibe wherever you go! I always recommend swim shoes and shirts. Walking shoes aren’t needed, the hotel always has a golf cart ready. 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 your own and DIY! Water bottles are provided in your room (and replaced during turndown service), and Wi-Fi is free.