Packing for Bora Bora

One of the most important pieces of Bora Bora travel advice is what to pack. Thanks to Bora Bora’s steamy tropical climate, the dress code across the island is quite casual. Shorts, T-shirts, and sandals are suitable everyday wear for both men and women.

The luxury resorts and hotels don’t have a strict dress code but most women wear bathing suits with lightweight Cover Ups or Caftans around the beach and pool, while most men opt for T-Shirts, Polos and linen shirts with a cotton or linen Bermuda.

In terms of footwear, sandals and flip flops are most suitable around the resort or poolside but if you are planning island walks or activities, pack a pair of sneakers or canvas slip-on shoes.

If you want to dress up a little more for a romantic dinner, casual pants, sport shirts or long sleeve linen shirts are acceptable for men, while women can opt for a sundress, caftan, maxi dress or a romper matched with sandals or wedges. For some inspiration & ideas, see Resort & Beachwear Inspiration board below.

Most people spend a lot of time in the water during their Bora Bora holiday, so consider bringing more than one bathing suit. Bora Bora’s intense tropical sun makes waterproof sunscreen absolutely essential. It’s also a good idea to pack sunglasses and a hat for extra sun protection. Imagine your ideal day lounging at the beach and bring everything you’ll need to make it happen, from a big beach towel to good books. Consider picking up some reef shoes for swimming because stepping on pieces of coral can be painful with bare feet.

It’s a good idea to pack one or two light long-sleeve shirts for the evening, both to keep warm in the slightly cooler evening temperatures, and to protect your skin from mosquitoes. It’s also important to pack mosquito repellent for when you go out at night.

The electric power in Bora Bora is 220 volts, compared to the usual 110 volts in America, and the outlets have two round holes like those used in Europe. Thus, you’ll probably need to bring an electric transformer and an adapter in order to use your electric appliances. Many hotels use American voltage and outlets, so you can check with your hotel or bring along a transformer and adapter, just in case.

Almost all products sold in Bora Bora tend to be expensive because they have to be imported onto the island. This means you should try to bring as much from home as you can, instead of relying on picking up extra supplies in Bora Bora. To save money, many people even pack their own alcohol and small snacks, like cookies and crackers. You might also want to pack a simple first aid kit with aloe vera for sunburns, Tylenol, antacids, band-aids and other basic supplies.

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