The #1 destination on my bucket list is Bora Bora. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most expensive places ever. There’s nothing cheap about an overwater bungalow, and I’ve heard food prices are insanely wallet-busting too. Even getting there is pricey! For us, it was less of a hassle and cost less to fly all the way to Asia, than it will to Bora Bora.
So when to go to Bora Bora? I’m talking in terms of cost and weather, because they pretty much go hand in hand. The biggest price factor is season (not just because of weather, but the honeymoon crowd too). There are two main seasons, 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 all the facts and data you want, but it’s never a guarantee. In fact, we went to Costa Rica in the middle of rainy season. We experienced the most fantastic, lush greenery that only rainy season offers, but had very little to no rain. It was a risk, and luckily, one that worked out for us. Alternatively, we visited Phuket (Thailand) in the middle of high/dry season, and one day, experienced a total monsoon. So. Much. Rain.
The fact of the matter is, weather is unpredictable. That’s my data.
I mean, a few years ago here in New York, it SNOWED in OCTOBER.
My point is, you can’t solely rely on weather. While it’s definitely something to look at, remember it may not always be right. 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 for going then. You’re paying a premium, and for all you know, you’ll be there during the ONE bad week weather-wise. If you’re luck is anything like mine, that will be the case too!
At the same time, I wouldn’t book January, when it averages over 12″ of rain for the month, and expect pristine weather. You could, but chances are you’re going to get a lot of rain too. You just never know!
I say meet somewhere in the middle. Or, enjoy those much lower prices and risk it! Do whatever is best for YOU, while knowing the facts.
Obviously low season is the “cheaper” time to go, because of the rain. It’s laughable when you hear “cheaper,” because cheap in Bora Bora is still insanely 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.
He’s all about value (as one 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 of articles, sought advice from my fellow travel friends, and overall, the consensus is April/May is THE time to go. So while you can’t rely solely on the weather, data shows that this 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 the statistic works in our favor, but the fact is, we’d have to keep or fingers crossed no matter when we go. 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 costs before the six month high season kicks off in early/mid May.
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.
I’m sure we can go a cheaper route by staying at less expensive hotels, but this is my dream trip and I’m going all out. I book all travel on my own (no travel agent), so I’ll be posting about each step of the process. Hopefully it will help those also looking to visit this gorgeous destination!