It might be a long voyage to French Polynesia from Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, or even from Tokyo, Sydney, Auckland and Hawaii, but the serene beauty of the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’ will make you forget the miles as soon as you set foot on the island of Bora Bora.

Bora Bora © Grégoire Le Bacon

Getting to Bora Bora

Various domestic airlines and maritime companies operate regular services between Tahiti and Bora Bora. The flight takes between 50 minutes and an hour and a half if there’s a stopover. For a more leisurely voyage, it takes 8 hours by boat and anywhere up to 10 days if you’re on a cruise stopping at other ports of call on the way.

Getting around in Bora Bora

When you fly to Bora Bora, you land on a small motu (islet) between the reef and the lagoon. A shuttle service takes you to Vaitape, the main town in Bora Bora (the cost of the shuttle is included in your airfare). Clients of luxury hotels are met at the airport by private boats which ferry them directly to their accommodation.

Various types of transport can be found at the quayside in Vaitape: car and motor scooter rental, taxis, and the local bus service ‘trucks’.

Bora Bora airport © Lei Tao
Cycling in Maupiti © Marc Gérard Photography

Clients staying at the Taha’a Island Resort & Spa on the neighboring island of Taha’a can be transferred to Bora Bora by helicopter.

It is worth hiring a bike for the day to explore the island at a gentle pace and appreciate the slower rhythm of the Polynesian way of life. You can stop from time to time for a roadside coconut juice or a cocktail on the terrace of a hotel bar with a breathtakingly beautiful view. Transfers from your accommodation for any excursions are usually included in the price, but it’s best to confirm this when you reserve.

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There’s even more to Bora Bora than first meets the eye! Put on your flippers, mask and snorkel, and plunge beneath the surface of the world’s most beautiful lagoon and you’ll see for yourself. Scuba divers will also see sights that they’ll never forget. And once you’ve explored Bora Bora from below, take the hiking trail to Mount Otemanu and discover just how beautiful it looks from above.

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A vacation in French Polynesia is an unforgettable experience, and when you visit Bora Bora, you add magic to your holiday. So prepare your visit with care, so as not to miss a thing.

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