It’s been nearly a year since traveling to Bora Bora (where my husband proposed!) and to this day it is still one of my most asked about trips. Here are the questions that keep coming up.
Where exactly is Bora Bora?
Bora Bora is part of a group of islands known as French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean, somewhere in between Hawaii and Australia. Other popular destination islands within French Polynesia are Tahiti and Mo’orea.From Los Angeles it is an 8 hour direct flight to Tahiti, then 1 hour from Tahiti to Bora Bora.
Is it really expensive?
If you’re doing it right, yes. Many people travel to Bora Bora to experience the overwater bungalows, and for good reason. There are plenty of beautiful beaches with pristine waters located all over the world. There is no need to travel all the way to Bora Bora to stay in a regular-old-beach-resort-style hotel. Many of the resorts in Bora Bora offer “beach villas” and the more expensive “over-water bungalow.” While the beach villas are a nice way to save money on a night or two, (many come with their own private plunge pools) if you’re going to travel to Bora Bora, do it right and spend at least one night in an overwater bungalow (preferably one that has glass bottom floors!)
So how expensive is it?
Flight – Free if you use this method, or if you’re buying your ticket, from LAX to Tahiti it can cost around $1600-$1800, then another $200 from Tahiti to Bora Bora.
Hotels – Overwater bungalows will cost between $750-$4000 a night. Beach villas cost between $600-$1000+ a night.
Food – Around $50-$100 per person, per meal depending on the resort.
Activities – Activities are mostly confined to your resort and mainly include water sports/activities (scuba, snorkeling, jet ski, etc) and spa services. All activities are also offered at a ridiculous mark-up compared to other destinations.
Where should I stay?
Many of the resorts are located on their own private motus (islets) within Bora Bora. Le Meridien, St. Regis, the Four Seasons, or Hilton are all worth looking into, or Intercontinental for the most budget-friendly option.
When should I go?
While Bora Bora offers warm, tropical weather year-round, there are periods of heavy rain. High season months where tourism is at its peak runs from May through October. For Bora Bora and in general while traveling, the best months to go are just before (April) or just after (November.) Traveling to Bora Bora during early-mid December can also be a good time because costs are lower, though it also a gamble because there are possibilities of rain. When it does rain, it pours for a few minutes and then generally stops for long periods of sunshine, which still makes for a great experience if you are happy with this kind of trade-off.
How easy is it to visit other islands?
You are able to visit other motus/islets/resorts within Bora Bora via boat taxis which typically cost around $50 a person. If you want to visit another island within French Polynesia, inter-island flights cost $100.
Which other islands can I visit?
Bora Bora, Mo’orea, and Tahiti are the 3 most popular islands within French Polynesia. Bora Bora is the most beautiful and luxurious of all islands, however Mo’orea is beautiful in its own right, as it is much more lush than Bora Bora. Mo’orea is a great supplement (or alternative) to Bora Bora because accommodations, food, and activities are nearly half the price. There is also slightly more to do there as you are able to actually visit the mountain (ATV tours, hikes, etc.) and visit the local town. Tahiti is the most affordable of the islands costing a fraction of the price of Bora Bora. You are still able to stay in bungalows there, though it may not be as luxurious of an experience.
Is Bora Bora worth it?
A million times YES! In all honesty, Bora Bora is worth every penny for it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The overwater bungalow experience is something every traveler should have, and despite the cost the memories made will surely be cherished forever.
Sample Itinerary: I recommend spending 7-10 island hopping between Tahiti, Mo’orea, and Bora Bora. You really do not need to spend more time than that, because though you will be surrounded by breath-taking beauty, there really is not much to do and you will easily wrack up quite the bill.
Day/Night 1: Arrive in Tahiti and stay at a regular hotel (no bungalow) OR if you are trying to save, spend a couple days here in an overwater bungalow before moving on to the next island.
Day 2: Take an early morning flight for Tahiti to Bora Bora. Spend between 4-6 nights in either strictly an overwater bungalow, or divide your nights between the bungalow and beach villa.
Day 4, 5, or 6: Take an early flight to Mo’orea. Stay in an overwater bungalow again or beach villa for 2-3 nights.
Day 6, 7, or 8-10: Take a flight back to Tahiti and then a flight back home OR spend another night (or two) in Tahiti and fly back the next morning.
If you haven’t seen it yet – check out my Bora Bora drone video below!
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