Most Bora Bora resorts are located on the motus (small islets) that surround Bora Bora Island, which means that transportation between the resorts and Bora Bora’s main town, Vaitape, generally happens via boat.
Many resorts located on private motus offer daily complementary boat service on a fixed schedule to Vaitape harbour, on the main island of Bora Bora. While daytime boat shuttles are usually complementary, dinnertime services incur a fee. Please check transportation options with the resort Concierge or Guest Services desk.
Most hotels on the main island offer shuttle service to and from Vaitape at various times throughout the day. Some restaurants and tour providers also offer transportation to and from your hotel, so it’s always a good idea to find out if this service is available when making arrangements. On the main island, there is a local taxi service, although it can be a little expensive as a primary method of transportation. Keep in mind that the taxis in Bora Bora aren’t metered, so it’s important to agree on a fare with the driver beforehand. You’ll find that it’s probably more cost effective to rent a car, rather than to pay taxi fares throughout your stay. Renting a scooter or bicycle can also be nice ways to explore the island at your own pace. Prices for car, scooter and bicycle rentals are fairly competitive across the island, so you can simply rent from the most convenient location. Your hotel can often help with these rental arrangements, or many even provide bike rentals for their guests.
There is a local public transportation system on Bora Bora, called Le Truck, which operates around school and ferry schedules, but it’s not always reliable. Motorboats can be hired to explore the lagoon, and with a few people splitting the cost, it’s a cheaper alternative to an organized tour. Licenses are not required for pedal boats or smaller horsepower powerboats.
If you really want to slow down and take some time to appreciate Bora Bora’s amazing beauty, there’s really no better method of transportation than simply walking.