Bora Bora Airport (BOB), also known as Motu Mute Airport, is found on the motu (islet) of Motu Mute, located north of Bora Bora’s main island.
This 2-runway airport can only accommodate private jets as well as small commercial aircrafts. Air Tahiti is the only airline operating out of Bora Bora Airport, offering flights to various Tahitian islands, including Moorea (45 minutes), Raiatea (15 minutes), Tahiti (45 minutes), Huahine (20 minutes) and Rangiroa (1 hour and 15 minutes).
The Bora Bora experience starts before you plane lands, the magnificent views of Mt. Otemanu, surrounded by motus and turquoise lagoon will welcome you to paradise. The airport interior is relatively small and has an open-air layout. Facilities are limited; there is a small café near the entrance and a souvenir shop next to the departure lounge, but the views outside are absolutely breathtaking!
Since Bora Bora airport is located on an islet (motu), transportation to Vaitape and other motus is by boat, so depending on where your resort is located; you’ll need to take a boat to the main island or one directly to your resort. Many resorts offer private boat shuttle services to and from Bora Bora Airport, which is the most convenient option to travel to and from the airport, it is worthwhile to arrange an airport transfer in advance so you can sit back and relax.
When you arrive at Bora Bora airport, you’ll see the resorts welcome desks waiting to great and guide you to a representative who will assist you with the luggage and arrange for the hotel’s private shuttle boat to take you directly to your hotel. If your accommodation is on the main island, you also have the option of taking the free public ferry to Vaitape. Many hotels on Bora Bora’s main island offer private shuttle services once you arrive in Vaitape, so it’s best to check with your hotel to determine what options are available.
TRAVEL TIP - The flight from Tahiti to Bora Bora has open seating, which means the first people to board the plane have the best choice of seats. Try to sit on the left side of the plane, which offers the best scenery.