Bora Bora seems to always land the top spot on a beach bum’s travel bucket list. Well, why not? It’s every traveler’s dream getaway to go to this unspoiled beach paradise.
The pristine waters of this island located in French Polynesia are so popular because it’s simply breathtaking. If you detest the average, then Bora Bora won’t disappoint you with the outlandish view of its turquoise waters.
In French Polynesia, Bora Bora features one of the most stunning landscapes and immaculate white-sand beaches that are perfect for honeymooners or for families and friends who are looking for that grandiose escape.
Cheapest Dates to Travel
Your best bet for cheaper rates would be the months of April and May because that is considered as the off-peak season.
However, the most popular dates that tourists frequently visit; Bora Bora would be from June to October because it also happens to fall on a dry season or summer.
Considering that these months are dubbed to be around 15% to 20% more expensive than other months, budget travelers who are looking for the cheapest deals should travel to Bora Bora on the off-season dates.
How to Save on Flight Fares and Costs
The airline prices would vary depending on your departure area and season. So, it’s important that you book early. To get to Bora Bora, you would need to fly to Papeete, the capital city of Tahiti.
Check into these major airlines that service this location – Hawaiian Airlines, Air Tahiti Niu, Air France, and Air New Zealand. Once you reach Papeete and get your luggage, then you can proceed to customs and fly to Bora Bora, boarding a small commuter plane.
These commuter propeller planes fly on flexible schedules, so it’s easy to book a flight or reschedule as necessary.
There is an extensive selection of accommodations for all budget range when you get to Bora Bora. So, your choice of accommodation would largely depend on your budget plan.
You can compare a number of Bora Bora resorts to check the accommodations available that will fit your budget.
If you have a bigger budget, then you can book hotels, villas, and suites in Bora Bora and still get the best rates. Those in the waterfront are more expensive because it provides a panoramic view of the ocean.
You can also book pension-style hostels at around $200 to $300 per night, but these are far from the waterfront. There are also small rooms in resorts that you can book for $300 to $500 per night, which may or may not have that ocean view.
For luxury accommodations, there are rooms that face the gardens for $400 to $500 per night. There are also bungalows that sit over the water for a minimum of $500 a night (basic room), while a private luxury suite or bungalow at the intercontinental would cost a minimum of $1,000 per night.
What to Do in Bora Bora?
Water sports activities are very popular in Bora Bora. So, get ready to be sun-kissed as you enjoy swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, and boating in the rich blue waters of the island.
Renting a Jet Ski, kayak, and paddleboards would start at $100 that you can use for a couple of hours. You can go private snorkeling for 2 to 3 hours at $150 while group snorkeling tours (half-day) would start at a rate of $120.
If you prefer an all-inclusive boat tour, then a half-day trip to famous reefs and lagoons (with a boat driver) would cost around $160 to $200.
And if you’re not much of a beach bum, then you may want to try exploring Bora Bora by land. You can opt for jeep tours if you go in groups or bike rentals to get more freedom when you tour the island.
Bike rentals run at around $25, while jeep tours would be $70 per head for 3 to 4 hours. You can also go for a private jeep tour, which runs at $650.
Bora Bora offers great surprises and treats for both young and old. You can check out Four Seasons Bora Bora that has family packages so both kids and adults can have fun and relax on the island.
There are game rooms for kids and also splash pools and other activities that the entire family will enjoy. Moan Adventures offers a glass-bottom boat tour at about $400 for a family (with 4 members).
Meals on a Budget
Restaurants in Bora Bora tend to be pricey because food is mostly shipped into the island. You can expect your dinner’s bill to range from $150 to $200 per person. Cocktails, on the average, would be at $20. Even a bottle of water would cost you around $7 to $8.
On the flip side, there are bungalows and villas with kitchen facilities that have complete amenities such as cookware, dishes, single-burner hobs, and microwaves. So, the cheapest way to dine in Bora Bora is to do grocery shopping in a supermarket and cook your own meals.
There are also fruit stands so you can buy fresh fruits for your appetizers and desserts. Some of the best supermarkets that you can shop into are Chin Lee, Super U, and Tiara Market.
How to Go Around Bora Bora?
Hotels in Bora Bora have bikes that you can rent for a daily fee. You can check out other bike rentals for the best prices.
If you are just going around or to and fro shops and grocery stores, then you can rent a bike or a car instead of taking a cab because taxis are very expensive in French Polynesia. This also becomes a great form of exercise for travelers and an eco-friendly option while in Bora Bora.
Yes, Bora Bora is a luxury destination. It costs an average of $11,000 to bask into the island’s treasures. Those who have money to burn are able to splurge more.
However, with a little bit of research and advanced planning, there is a way to visit this popular destination without breaking the bank.
Worry not if you don’t have a million-dollar to spend, as you can still take that dream vacation even on a shoestring budget.