Below are some of the most Frequently Ask Questions about planning your visit to Bora Bora. If you would like to ask a question or have advice and tips to share, visit our Q&A travel forum.
Ultimately, this decision comes down to personal preference. If you’re comfortable doing online research, you may not need to use a travel agency. However, if it’s your first visit to Bora Bora and you don’t often plan your own vacations, you may benefit from the additional assistance a travel agency can provide.
French Polynesia is about a two-day trip from the UK. Air France, Corsair, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways all offer flights to French Polynesia via Los Angeles.
In general, you will get a better exchange rate if you change your money in Tahiti rather than before leaving home.
Tahiti is served by Faa’a International Airport, which is the only international airport in French Polynesia. It’s located about 5 km west of Tahiti’s capital, Papeete.
Inside the airport itself, dining is limited to a snack bar and a McDonalds, but there are a few better options found nearby. Océan is a popular Chinese restaurant located across the street from the airport. There’s also the Lotus Restaurant at the InterContinental Resort Tahiti which offers open-air dining over the water.
Foreign exchange offices are located at Faa’a International Airport in the arrival and departure halls which are usually open during all international arrival and departures. In addition, the arrival hall offers an automated cash exchange machine available 24/7, and ATMs which accept all major credit cards.
The city has a large Supermarket Carrefour which is a good place to stock up on affordable snacks and drinks.
No, unfortunately, the only duty free shop is found after security when departing French Polynesia. If you’d like to buy duty free items to bring to Bora Bora, it’s best to purchase them at your departure airport when you’re leaving home, such as LAX.
Try to sit on the left side of the plane.
Depending on where your hotel is located, you’ll need to take a boat to either the main island or to one of the small motu. Many resorts offer private boat shuttle services to and from Bora Bora Airport. If your accommodation is on the main island, you also have the option of taking the free public ferry that runs between the airport and Vaitape.
If you purchase your Air Tahiti tickets at least 7 days before arriving in French Polynesia you will be allowed 20 kilograms of baggage. The allowance is reduced to only 10 kilograms if you do not purchase your tickets within this time frame. Scuba divers can bring an extra 5 kilograms for their diving equipment. Passengers are also allowed to bring 3 kilograms in hand luggage.
If you buy a special air pass that covers flights between several islands, you’ll have the option of paying a surcharge that allows you to bring up to 50 kilograms.
Many hotels and resorts have their own set of shops, but you can also find shops in Vaitape as well as along the island’s main road. If your resort is on a motu, however, you’ll need to take a boat ride across the lagoon and potentially land transport as well in order to reach the shops in Vaitape.
Food and drink are quite expensive at Bora Bora’s resorts, but you can dramatically reduce these costs by purchasing a meal plan when booking your accommodation.
The electric current in Bora Bora is 220 volts, and the outlets have two round holes like those used in Europe. This said, many hotels use American voltage and outlets to accommodate their guests. Ask your hotel if you’ll need a transformer and adapter or just bring them along to be on the safe side.
Matira Beach is Bora Bora’s only public beach, and it offers plenty of shops, snack bars and restaurants nearby.
Yes, but almost all products sold in Bora Bora have to be imported onto the island, making them generally more expensive compared to what you would normally pay at home. It’s better to pack swimwear for your trip, rather than waiting to buy it in Bora Bora.