Bora Bora Trip Cost Breakdown
As recapping our trip to French Polynesia comes to an end, I’ve been getting a number of emails asking how much one should budget for a trip here. Just like anywhere you may go, there are a lot of factors to consider when determining your budget – length of stay, how you will eat, what you will do – excursions, spa, etc.
There are also a number of cost-saving tips that if I didn’t take into consideration, we’d be paying a lot more than we did…
- Exchange Rate
When we first booked this trip, the rate SUCKED. A couple of months later, it got tremendously better, and when it did, we purchased our currency. One can never really predict these rates, and they change daily. Why risk them going back up if you’re happy with what it is? When it got REALLY GOOD, much better than we had originally planned for, we took the plunge and got ALL of our money. In fact, we had a balance due to one of the hotels, to be paid one month prior to our arrival, but had them charge us two months earlier, because I was SO THRILLED with the rate at the time. Just doing this alone ended up saving us over $400 on the room, not including what we saved getting our currency when we did.
- Credit Cards
When booking and paying balances it’s super helpful to use a credit card that offers no foreign transaction fee. This ends up saving a small amount of money, but it’s still something, especially when you pay for things at different times.
|Airfare (Roundtrip NYC to Tahiti)||$3,151.90|
|Airfare for Inter-island flights (Tahiti-Moorea-Bora Bora)
(We obviously ended up taking the ferry from Tahiti to Moorea. After this post, Air Tahiti pushed our flight back yet again!). Not wanting to wait what would be now a 6 hour layover for a ten minute flight, we opted for the ferry. We were not charged a cancellation fee for the one flight, but when we asked if they could cancel the rest of our flights so we could re-book at the cheaper, one-way rates, they would not do it for us.)
|Hilton Moorea (2 nights)||$835.85|
|Four Seasons Bora Bora(1 night in this room, 3 nights in this room)||$6,700.72|
|Transportation, Excursions, Food & Other Incidentals, such as:
– Taxi from Tahiti airport to the ferry terminal
– Ferry from Tahiti to Moorea
– Hilton Moorea Hotel Expenses (Food/Drink, Wi-Fi, transportation to/from the hotel).
– ATV excursion + Tip
– Four Seasons Hotel Expenses (Food/Drink, transfer to/from the airport, & couples massage)
– Shark & Stingray Safari on Private Boat + Tip
– Jet Skiing + Tip
Truthfully, I thought the trip was going to end up being $5,000-6,000 more than what it ended up costing us, especially considering where we stayed and what we did while there. However, with the right planning and hitting the exchange rate well, I think we did a fabulous job on cost. While yes, it’s expensive for only a week-long trip, it really isn’t horrible considering the destination. I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was worth every penny!