I get why you want to go to Bora Bora (hello, I’m obsessed too)! However, do yourself a favor and consider checking out some of the other nearby islands as well. Each offers something special. Plus, most of these other islands are FAR LESS EXPENSIVE.
A great budget friendly tip is instead of spending all your time in Bora Bora, split it with another island or two. Not only will you get to see more of French Polynesia, but it’s actually budget friendly.
Some other islands include Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Rangiroa, Tikehau, Manihi, and Fakarava.
Air Tahiti sells tickets as passes, so traveling to multiple islands is very easy. While there are some exclusions, you basically just have to pick your flights. The price depends on if you’re going during high or low season, and obviously which pass you’re buying. Here’s the different ones you can purchase:
We decided to do Bora Bora and Moorea. The hotel in Moorea is less than half the cost of the hotel in Bora Bora. Splitting up the trip definitely helped the budget. The flight cost is about $200 more than if we went to Bora Bora alone. While we opted for the quick plane ride (under 10 minutes), Moorea and Tahiti are so close that visitors can take a ferry instead. From the airport, take a bus or cab to the ferry terminal, which is the less expensive way to go.
A really popular question is if it’s possible to take a ferry to the different islands, for example from Tahiti to Bora Bora, or something. Unless you’re on a cruise, Tahiti to Moorea is the only island where it makes practical sense to take a ferry. While there are ferry options to the different islands, most are cargo-like ships. The best way to get between islands is to fly.