Certainly, the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a trip to Bora Bora, is how expensive it can be. With this destination everything is possible, but it is not indeed a cheap destination, and only the plane ticket could be a high investment. But if you organize the travel in a smart way, you’ll probably find several more or less affordable options.
Where is Bora Bora? How to arrive?
The question that should be answered first: where is Bora Bora? to understand everything else, it is necessary to locate it and understand that it is at a very lost point in the middle of the Pacific, the most populated place and near is Tahiti which is 1 hour away. And for the rest, everything is at least 6 hours away (6h from New Zealand, 8h from Los Angeles, 6am to Easter Island).
Therefore, how you get there will depend a lot on where you live, and the price will depend on the airport where you start your travel. The season will also change a little the price of the tickets but not a lot.
From all over Latin America you must pass through the USA to continue to Tahiti. With technical stops or stopovers in Los Angeles or San Francisco. This does not make the ticket more expensive, it will depend on the country of departure, and the airlines that cover the route.
From Europe, there is the option to follow the classic route through the USA, or travel on a tourist stopover on the other side, in Japan, New Zealand, or Hong Kong. Currently, this route is completely closed because it is not possible to make stopovers in any of these countries. But they are usually scales that exist.
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Examples of Flight Ticket Prices
Here are some examples of airfares for the month of October 2023. Of course, all is very variable, you can still find some good promotions but now prices are increasing, and a lot of people are traveling after countries have low restrictions related to COVID.
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Do not forget the season when you plan a trip to Bora Bora. Price can change a lot depending on the season, even if in 2023 variation of prices seems less strong, and they keep high even for low season.
HIGH SEASON: Between April and October, December (Christmas and New Year)
LOW SEASON: January-March and November-December (before Christmas)
How much does cost accommodation on a trip to Bora Bora?
First of all, I could say the price can be whatever you want, very little or very expensive. It all depends on the experience you are looking for. Here are the accommodation alternatives for a trip to Bora Bora:
AIRBNB: and here you can find everything, from a single room to a luxury villa. You can even sleep on a boat if you want to. All these accommodations are located on the main island, so for obvious reasons, you will not have a view of Mount Otemanu, but in many cases, you will have an excellent view of the Lagoon.
PENSIONES: a type of accommodation quite popular in Polynesia, a little less considered for a dream trip to Bora Bora, but it can be an option if you are traveling to Bora Bora on a budget. Everything depends on your expectations.
There are a dozen pensions that seem not bad. It should be clear that they will be quite simple and offer limited services. They are for a kind of traveler looking to connect much more with the local population and get to know Bora Bora in another way.
In this link, you will find a list of pensions on the island: https://www.boraboraislandguide.com/bora-bora-pensions.html
Prices will vary with the type of pension and the number of services offered. Between 50 and 150€/night.
HOTELS in BORA BORA: the masterpiece of this place and from where the photos of the Bora Bora island catalogs come from. Prices vary greatly depending on several things: the hotel category, the location (if it is actually on the main island or in the coral ring around overlooking the main island), the services they offer, the type of room, and the season. Even inside the same hotel prices can vary quite by room type only.
Inter-island transport and Inside the islands
If you are organizing a trip by yourself, you should consider adding two things that agencies already think about it automatically: interisland flight and internal transportation.
Interissel flights can be purchased individually or within an inter-island pass that includes a specific number of islands. Its price will vary depending on which islands are included.
In Bora Bora Island you have to have the location of the airport, on a motu. To go to the main island you take a boat that is included in the Air Tahiti pass. If you are going to one of the ring hotels you must pay an additional transport which can usually be quite expensive if the reservation was not processed through an agency. Between 100 and 150 per person.
Some hotels have a limited number of free round trips to the main island during the day. After landing on the island, some visitors travel to the main island with the boat included in the pass and then they wait for the boat that makes the hotel’s round trips, to avoid paying the high cost of a single trip from the airport.
It should only be considered that there are only certain schedules of navettes round trip, and depending on the arrival time of your plane you may have to wait a long time. You probably also have to pay for a taxi from the jetty to your hotel’s specific jetty, if you are elsewhere.
How much do activities cost in Bora Bora?
I will start with what you shouldn’t have as expectations of a trip to Bora Bora. This island is not like going on holiday to the Riviera Maya, where you will find nightclubs and places to party late into the night.
Bora Bora is to enjoy the calm of island life. I think the most festive place you’ll find is Bloody Mary’s, but it’s not to pass the time late at night, just like those who have to go back to the hotels located in the motus, they’ll have a scheduled time to back as if they were Cinderella.
This island is essentially for daytime activities and almost entirely water activities.
Here’s a list of the kind of activities you can do, with a price idea. The cost will vary depending on the company providing the service and the number of people with which they will share. I recommend that at least one activity be done in private or in a small group.
As you can see, the activities are not cheap, and there are many, I think I will make a post dedicated only to the activities. In any case, I recommend informing yourself well of the activity and you will see that in the end, the experience will be such, that you will quickly forget how much you paid for it.
There are also things to do without paying for an activity:
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