If you are visiting Bora Bora for the first time, here is reference guide with quick travel facts to help you plan your vacation:
Location – Bora Bora is located in French Polynesia, about 4200 km south of Hawaii and 270 km northwest of Tahiti.
Time Zone – UTC/GMT-10:00 hours.
Weather/Climate – Bora Bora has a tropical climate, temperatures average around 26°C throughout the entire year, with minimal fluctuation between day and night temperatures
Language – The official languages are French and Tahitian; though English is widely spoken by locals working in travel and hospitality
Population – Bora Bora’s permanent population is around 10,000
Main Industry – The main industry in French Polynesia is tourism
Visa/Entry Requirements – Citizens of many countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US, and the European Union, do not require a visa to visit French Polynesia for up to 3 months. You must have a valid passport with at least 3 months of validity beyond your date of departure from French Polynesia.
Weddings – Couples planning to marry in Bora Bora can choose to have a symbolic wedding ceremony or a legal marriage; for the later couples must be over 18 years of age, and attend a short ceremony at the City Hall in Vaitape. Citizens from the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most European countries can legally marry in French Polynesia.
Currency Exchange Rates – The official currency for Bora Bora and French Polynesia is the French Pacific Franc (CFP Franc). $1 USD is equal to roughly 90 XPF. The US dollar and Euro are widely accepted.
ATM’s & Credit Cards – There are several banks with ATM’s in Vaitape such as Bannque Soquedo and Banque de Tahiti, and there is also an ATM at the airport. Most major credit cards, Visa, Mastercard, American Express are accepted around Bora Bora
Gratuity – Gratuity is not expected in Bora Bora resorts or restaurants, unless the service has been exceptionally good, however there are no set tip amount.
Shopping Hours – Shopping hours are from 8AM to 5PM, 7 days a week.
Electricity Power – Electric power in Bora Bora is 220 volts, outlets have two round holes like those used in Europe. Most resorts have adapters available at your request.
Water – The tap water is safe to drink in Bora Bora; most locals prefer to drink bottled water. Some resorts provide complementary bottled water with turndown service.
Vaccinations – There are no vaccinations required to travel to French Polynesia