Bloody Mary’s Dock, Mt Pahia on left, Mt Otemanu on right
Visit Bora Bora – Transportation
Visit Bora Bora by taking a one hour flight from Tahiti. The airport is located on one of the reefs (motus) surrounding the island. Airfare includes a ferry ride to Vaitape, but some hotels will pick up passengers in their own boats at the airport. The island is also accessible on cruise ships touring French Polynesia. Cruise ships enter the lagoon through a narrow gap in the atoll reef surrounding the entire island. They anchor near the town of Vaitape and tender passengers to shore for excursions. The island has a 22 miles long road around its perimeter. Le Truck makes circle island tours whenever cruise ships are in port. It operates a much less predictable schedule at other times.
Overwater Bungalow & Mt Otemanu, © Can Stock Photo / pljvv
Visit Bora Bora – See More Sights
- Take a 4×4 excursion and ascend to the center of the island for fabulous views out over the lagoon. Check out World War II artillery cannons abandoned in the hills.
- Le Meridien Bora Bora operates a private turtle sanctuary. Contact the hotel directly to arrange a visit. Access is by boat, as they are not on the main central island.
- Have lunch at the Hilton Nui Bora Bora or the St Regis. They offer shuttle boats from the main island.
- Look for manta rays just outside the reef.
- Enjoy a dinner/dance Polynesian show at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort, the Hilton Bora Bora Nui, the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa or the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. These hotels all offer accommodation in overwater bungalows. Have breakfast delivered by canoe.
- Shop for black pearls at several well known pearl shops in Vaitape.
Weather in Bora Bora
Expect very little variation in temperatures throughout the year. Average highs will be about 85 F (30 C) and lows will average 75 F (23 C). The rainy season extends from November to April. Even though December and January have high rainfall, the amount of daily sunshine is fairly consistent on a year round basis. Temperatures can be a few degrees higher from November to April, because Bora Bora is south of the equator. June through October are the popular tourists months, because they are dry and warm.
Visit Bora Bora – Background
Bora Bora is located about 140 miles (230 km) northwest of Tahiti. The island is sometimes called the Romantic Island and author James Michener called it the “most beautiful island in the world”. A trip around the main island covers only 20 miles (30 km). The island’s population is about 10,000. The Bora Bora lagoon covers more area than the island. It has several overwater bungalow resorts.
Vaitape is the arrival point by ferry from the airport and is the only village of any size on the island. At the southern tip of the main section of the island, Matira is the location of the largest beach. The central part of the island is extremely mountainous, difficult to access and uninhabited. Unlike Tahiti and Moorea, most resorts on Bora Bora are not located on the island, but rather in the lagoons and small motus (reef islands) that surround it. This gives most resorts amazing views of the lagoon and its volcanic peaks.