The wonderful azure waves crashing against the pristine white sandy beaches, as the cloudless blue sky is lit up by the sunlight. This is one of the usual scenes that you can witness if you choose to visit the charming little island of Bora Bora.
This paradisal place is so heavenly that you are bound to fall in love with every nook and corner of this island.
Off late Instagram is flooded with exotic pictures of this unique little island located in French Polynesia.
Owing to its beautiful landscapes, breathtaking culture and the mesmerising experiences, Bora Bora has become one of the top travel destination spots over the years.
However, being so off the grid and at an isolated area of the world, the travel expense and the budgeting might be a little too much for a lot of people. However, there are some ways to plan and be in your budget while you travel to this picture-perfect island.
The moment you step into this exotic island you will find yourself healed from within. You will be engulfed by the luxury and the gorgeous sceneries that will surround you. The local people here are ever smiling and make you feel welcome. There is a special king of warmth that radiates from the island. The large palm trees flanking the white beaches are like the perfect picture for your Instagram.
Bora Bora is a tropical country, so be sure to pack all your breezy and beach outfits. This is the perfect place to pack your floral swimsuits and your beach shorts. The temperatures usually rest between 26-31C, however, they do go a little low from December to March.
Make sure you pack a hat and a sunscreen since most of the time the Sun will be accompanying you on this island. If you are a photo enthusiast, and even if you aren’t, pack a waterproof camera or a go pro since Bora Bora is loaded with some of the most picturesque places on the earth.
How To Get There
The real challenge of Bora Bora lies in how to get there. Being off the radar, this place is not as well connected as the major cities of the world, making your budget go off the charts.
To reach here you will first have to land at Pape’ete, which is nestled on the island of Tahiti. There are direct flights to this island, however, the options are limited. The direct flights to Pape’ete are only from Los Angeles, Honolulu, Auckland, Easter Island, Santiago, Rarotonga, Noumea and Paris (via LAX).
Once you have reached Pape’ete, hop onto an Air Tahiti flight, from where it will only take about 30 min to reach the beautiful Bora Bora. The view from the aeroplane is magnificent as you slowly start to descend into the heavenly islands.
If you want to save some money, they consider visiting multiple equally charming islands in French Polynesia. If you choose to do so you can purchase an Air Tahiti Pass, which will allow you to fly to all these exotic islands including Bora Bora at a discounted rate. Some of the other islands that this pass gives access to are Maupiti, Raiatea, and Huahine.
If you are looking to only visit Bora Bora, then you can also take a boat, however, while they are cheaper they are harder to book.
Things To Do in Bora Bora
The one drawback about Bora Bora is the cost of the activities that you can undertake while you are here. While the activities are laden with fun and filled with an adrenaline rush, the cost might be too steep. In this case, you will need to plan what all you want to do, or what all is worth doing according to your preference. This majestic island is filled to the brim with fun and amazement and you won’t have a single dull moment when you are here:
Before visiting, we’d heard from numerous people that Bora Bora was boring – you’ll be surrounded by honeymooners, there’s no real culture and you’ll be spending most of the time at the pool or beach. After visiting for a whole week, we discovered just how wrong they were. Yes, there aren’t many backpackers, nor party spots, but there are certainly a lot of activities. They do come at a steep price though, so plan accordingly.
While you could easily spend a week gazing out at the lagoon, cocktail in hand working on your tan, there’s lots more to this island. If you want a bit more excitement, here’s a rundown on what’s available.
When the waters are so clean, then there is no doubt that Bora Bora will have a plethora of water sports for you to try. You can partake in some challenging Kayaking, or dive into the great unknown. Diving or snorkelling allows you to take a peek into the underbelly of the earth. You will be fascinated by the beautiful corals and the colourful fishes that will swim past you.
You can also rent a jet ski and go on an adventure on your own.
One of the best free activities to do here is head over to the Intercontinental Hotel at the Matira Beach and gaze at the turquoise ocean. Just as the sun goes down and the twilight breaks you will find many leopard rays just gliding past the ocean. The scene is beautiful. Marita beach is also one of the main beaches and the biodiversity here is commendable and worth exploring.
One of the most popular activities in Bora Bora is to go for island hopping. This spectacular tour will take you right through the middle of the azure sea and drop you off at some isolated yet mesmerising islands, which are the hidden gems of Bora Bora. You will spend some time there and then hop back on your boat to sail to the next island.
Bora Bora is a child of nature. That is, it is filled with such enchanting natural beauties that you will fall in love with it. This makes hiking in Bora Bora all the more fun. Explore the island by embarking on a momentous and popular hiking trail on the Mount Pahia. The trial is wonderful and you might even discover some of the hidden treasures of Bora Bora. The best part: it is free.
Beach Hopping: When in Bora Bora, it is almost mandatory to head over to as many beaches as you possibly can. However, the only catch is you have to traverse through the waters to reach the many ‘motu’(beaches) that Bora Bora has to offer. You can rent a boat for this exciting adventure.
The airport itself is located on a motu, so to reach to the mainland you will have to avail the free catamaran services of Air Tahiti, which will drop you to Vaitape. Vaitape is the main town of Bora Bora, and all the vibrant bustling markets are all located here. The town is brimming with energy al the time. Usually, from Vaitape, you will find someone from your hotel picks you up.
While sightseeing here the cheapest and best way to go around the mainland is by renting a bicycle or a scooter. The cars and taxis are too costly to even consider, so just get on the peddle and explore as your hair blows through the wind.
If your hotel is located on a motu, then you will be mostly dependent on the water taxi that your hotel provides to go back and forth from the mainland. While some give it for free, others might charge a costly fee for it.
Where To Stay in Bora Bora
Bora Bora is a great number of hotels, whose pictures will blow your mind, and so will their price tag.
If you want a place that will fit in your budget, then you can try Airbnb or homestays.
Sunset Hill Lodge is a popular budget hotel, however, owing to its high demand you will often find it booked out.
If you want to save and unleash your inner adventurer, then you can pitch up a tent and camp at Bora Bora.
If you are looking for luxury stays then few of the best ones are- Four Seasons Resort, Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Le Méridien Bora Bora.
What To Eat
The entire island of Bora Bora is flooded with few of the most scenic and beautiful restaurants. Yet, the price factor kills the appetite.
If you are on a budget, then head over to the little cafes that are located in certain Vaitape and near Matira. If you are lucky you will also find food trucks in Vaitape which are relatively affordable for a quick meal.
In Matira you can dine at the Snack Matira which is a great and cheap option for fast food.
If you are into the luxury experience then Bora Bora will surely not disappoint you. Bloody Mary’s, La Villa Mahana and L’Elixir, all located near Vaitape and Matira, are some of the most mesmerising and exclusive dinner places. The vibe and the food is exquisite here.
You can also buy your groceries from the many markets in Bora Bora and cook yourself a meal (if your accommodation has the kitchen option), otherwise you can buy several other cheap food items and have a nice picnic by the beach. The opportunities and possibilities here are endless.
Bora Bora is one of the most exotic and picture-perfect places that must be on top of your bucket list. This dream-like destination can easily become a reality if you plan ahead and smartly. You can also book a package to Bora Bora, which might bring down your costs dramatically.