When To Go To Bora Bora
I don’t really have a travel bucket list, because I want to go everywhere. However, if I did, it would consist solely of one destination: Bora Bora. Nothing speaks to me as much as this gorgeous island oasis does. Unfortunately, Bora Bora is also one of the most expensive vacations one can take. There’s nothing cheap about an overwater bungalow, and I’ve heard food prices are insanely wallet-busting too. Even just getting to Bora Bora is pricey! In fact, it was less of a hassle and cost us less to fly all the way to Asia than it will to Bora Bora.
The biggest price factor is the season (not only because of weather, but because of the honeymoon crowd too). There are two main seasons in Bora Bora weather wise – wet and dry.
Weather is one of the most tricky things ever. Even during the “best” time to go, you still just never know. Sometimes, you can look at the facts and data, but it’s still just an estimate.
I remember going to Costa Rica in the middle of rainy season and experienced the most fantastic, lush greenery that only rainy season offers, complete with very little to no rain. It was a risk, and luckily, one that worked out. Alternatively, we visited Phuket (Thailand) in the middle of high season (the best time to go weather-wise), and one day, experienced a monsoon. So. Much. Rain.
The fact of the matter is, weather is unpredictable. That’s my data. I even remember a few years ago here in New York, it snowed in OCTOBER. Unpredictable! My point is, you can’t solely rely on weather. At the end of the day, you have to go when it’s best for you. This isn’t to say estimates are something you should ignore, either. They are definitely something to take a look at, while keeping in mind they may not always be right.
For example, I wouldn’t plan on going to Bora Bora in June only because of its low rainfall statistic. That shouldn’t be your ONE and ONLY reason. You’re paying a premium, and for all you know, you’ll be there during the ONE bad week weather-wise they have. If you’re luck is anything like mine, that will be the case too! At the same time, I wouldn’t book in January when it averages over 12″ of rain for the month and expect to see pristine weather, either. You could, but chances are you’re going to get a lot of rain too. You just never know! Meet somewhere in the middle. Or hell, enjoy those much lower prices and risk it! Again, do whatever is best for YOU while knowing the facts.
Obviously low season is the “cheaper” time to go because of the weather. It’s laughable when you hear “cheaper,” because cheap in Bora Bora is still expensive. When I discovered the cost, I seriously laughed (it’s the only thing I could do to keep from crying). I mean, how do I tell my husband we’re going to have to shell out THIS MUCH for just hotel and airfare? That our nightly cost is going to be as much as a mortgage payment on our New York condo? Even I have to admit that’s insane.
Nevertheless, it still won’t stop me.
Josh is all about value (as any smart person should be), so a word of advice, if your husband is anything like mine, talk about the VALUE in going THIS MONTH vs. THIS MONTH, and show the price difference. Throw out words like, “that’s a five thousand dollar savings!”
I’ve compared a ton articles, sought advice from my fellow travel friends, and overall, the consensus is April/May is THE time to go. Like I said above, while you can’t rely solely on the weather, data shows that this the time of year the temps are high and the average rainfall is the lowest of all low season (we’ll have to keep our fingers crossed that that statistic works in our favor), but the fact is, we’d have to keep or fingers crossed no matter when we go. Why? You got it – because weather is always a risk. Damn you, Mother Nature!
However, best of all, and MORE RELIABLE than weather, are the lower season prices. In April, you’re still paying close to low season prices before the six month high season kicks off in May. But, like I said above, despite it being low season, prepare to still shell out the big bucks.
Our vacations in general end up being pricey (I’m a strong believer that you get what you pay for), but we rarely ever go into a trip knowing it will be five figures right off the bat. For LOW season. For a few nights and airfare.
I should confess, I’m sure we can go a cheaper route by staying at less expensive hotels, but, this is my dream trip, so I’m going all out, and as always, we don’t use a travel agent and I book all travel on my own, so I’ll be posting about each step of the process. Hopefully it will help those who also want to book and and visiting this gorgeous destination!