Visiting Other Islands Besides Bora Bora
I think after this and this post, you’re starting to get how expensive getting to (and staying in) Bora Bora is. However, while Bora Bora is certainly the most popular island, it isn’t the only one French Polynesia has to offer. Don’t get me wrong, I get why you would solely go there (hello, I’m obsessed too), but do yourself a favor and consider checking out some nearby gems as well.
There are a ton of them, and each island offers something special and a little different from the next. Plus, most of the other islands are LESS EXPENSIVE than Bora Bora. Why not still visit the creme de la creme (Bora Bora), but instead of spending all ten days there, do a week and split it up? If you’re already spending for the trip, adding on another island or two won’t break the bank.
To be honest, that’s what really got us to add another island to the trip: the cost. Plus, I’m going ALL THE WAY THERE, so I want to check out what else there is too. You know, GO BIG OR GO HOME.
For our second island, we chose the second most popular French Polynesian pick, Moorea. And let me tell you: Our hotel in Moorea is costing LESS THAN HALF of what we’re spending per night in Bora Bora. WIN!
While Bora Bora and Moorea are certainly the two most popular islands, there are many others to choose from, such as: Huahine, Raiatea, Rangiroa, Tikehau, Manihi, and Fakarava.
Air Tahiti (remember, it’s the only inter-island airline to get to these islands) flies to all of them, and buying your tickets (or passes, I should say), is super easy.
Best of all are the flat rate fares, and with some exclusions, you just have to pick your days and flight times. There are two separate prices, one for high season, and another for low, and the pass you buy depends on which islands you’re going to be visiting:
Our flight to Moorea is costing us only $200 more than if we went to Bora Bora alone. It can be considered BOTH the cheapest thing out of the trip for us thus far, as well as the most expensive, considering the flight from Tahiti to Moorea is only 7 minutes long. However, while we opted for the super-quick plane ride, Moorea and Tahiti are so close that visitors can choose to take a ferry. It’s definitely the less expensive option. However, from the airport, you have to deal with getting on a bus or grabbing a cab to the ferry terminal. I’m sure it’s super easy, but since we’re already going to be at the airport, we’re flying. I should note that Moorea is the only island in French Polynesia where it would be practical to take a boat to from Tahiti. The best way to get to all the other islands from Tahiti is to fly.