The romantic island of Bora Bora is a dream destination and a must-see for any stay in French Polynesia. Accessible in less than an hour by plane from Papeete, the island known as the Pearl of the Pacific is renowned for its fantastic nature, but also for its luxury hotels. The island is indeed known to be one of the most expensive of the Society archipelago and wanting to stay there requires devoting a significant part of your budget. The cost of a trip to Bora Bora is substantial, but there are a few tips to prepare for your arrival.
Basic Expenses to Stay in Bora Bora
Three factors will determine the cost of your vacation on the romantic island. These are the price of the plane ticket, the type of accommodation and the cultural and sports activities that you will include in your program.
Finding a Flight to Bora Bora
The first step will be to find a flight to Bora Bora. For several years, the airport of Bora Bora has not been able to accommodate long-haul flights from international destinations. Most travelers transit through Tahiti from where they will take a domestic flight. Depending on the season, the price of international tickets varies greatly. To guide you, discover the best time to visit Bora Bora.
During the high season, from June to September, a round-trip flight from Europe or North America costs between 2200 and $2700 per person. Therefore, by being flexible with your vacation dates, it is possible to reduce your transportation budget by a third. You will find the best rates in the period from mid-September to the end of October.
Once you arrive in French Polynesia, it is preferable to turn to the offers of the local airline Air Tahiti to take advantage of the multi-destination passes. Much cheaper than single flights, these combined tickets allow you to visit Bora Bora but also other islands. Depending on your wishes, you can choose between the Bora Bora Pass for the Leeward Islands and the Bora-Tuamotu Pass which includes a stopover in the Tuamotu archipelago, renowned for its scuba diving. The basic price of the most affordable Pass is $510 per person.
Choose Your Accommodation
Bora Bora is committed to luxury tourism. Many establishments offer near-perfect accommodations with an incomparable quality of welcome and geographical location. This is the ideal place to spend your honeymoon in Bora Bora. The 5-star resorts are mostly located on the motus, off the main island. The sites are exceptional and this is reflected in the prices charged. A night in a overwater bungalow in Bora Bora facing the lagoon costs between 900 and $3,100. The service also includes the transfer from the airport.
An alternative to luxury hotels is to stay on the main island. In this case you will stay in a guesthouse or simply in rented accommodation. This economical solution brings the price per night down to less than $280 per couple. Close to the stores and activities reserved for tourists, you are in the heart of the local daily life. However, you will need to provide your own transportation, either by car or bicycle, to get around.
By making reservations well in advance, it is possible to benefit from special offers. You can then take advantage of a package that reduces the total cost of the accommodation to less than 60% of the initial price. Obviously, these offers are more advantageous in low season. These are huge savings that considerably lower the cost of your trip. To help you find your way, please read our selection of the best hotels in Bora Bora.
In addition to transportation and lodging costs, there are various activities and excursions, whether they are sporting, cultural or gastronomic. The options are numerous and varied to better meet your expectations and desires. Resorts generally offer their own range of activities, often much more expensive than those offered by independent providers. Count on average 110 to $145 per activity and per person. Add to that the restaurant bills, which can quickly soar depending on the establishment chosen. In the end, you should count on a budget of at least $340 per day for two adults.
In general, we advise you to plan at least one paid activity per day. This can be a boat trip on the lagoon, diving in Bora Bora or a couple massage. You can also simply enjoy the exceptional natural surroundings. Lounging on the sandy beaches, admiring the sunsets and the breathtaking panoramic views, that’s also Bora Bora. The savings are interesting and there is no lack of possibilities. To help you, we invite you to read our selection of the best things to do in Bora Bora.
The Different Costs of a Trip to Bora Bora
Five Nights on the Pearl of the Pacific
The formulas proposed are only for stays on the island of Bora Bora. The price of international and domestic flights is not included, nor are any possible Polynesian stopovers added to the itineraries.
In a “luxury” package including accommodation in a prestigious hotel, activities and catering, the average price of a day in Bora Bora is $2,250 for two people. Based on a five-night stay, a budget of $11,300 is required. Depending on any promotional offers, it is possible to save up to $3,400 over the duration of your stay.
The “comfort” trips that favor lodging in a family boarding house or in a vacation rental require a less restrictive budget. On an average basis of $510 per day, a five night stay costs about $2,600 per couple. This is an opportunity to discover the Polynesian world at a reasonable cost.
What Place Will Bora Bora Occupy in Your Trip to Polynesia?
Because of the distances and time difference, a trip to French Polynesia takes time. Generally, the average trip to the Pacific Islands is two to three weeks. Based on a five-night stay in Bora Bora, let’s estimate what the overall price would be for two weeks in Polynesia.
Taking advantage of simpler, but quality accommodations, travelers can incorporate the islands of Maupiti and Huahine into their itinerary. These two destinations are just as exceptional as Bora Bora and much more affordable. With a maximum daily budget of $570 for two people, you will have access to the best of these islands. Of course, you will have to spend some time on the island of Tahiti to acclimatize, do your last shopping and be as close as possible to the airport before your return with the international flight. Count then at least $340 for each day spent in Papeete, without activities.
Here is an example of an itinerary achievable in two weeks: two days in Tahiti, three days in Maupiti, five days in Bora Bora, three days in Huahine and two days in Tahiti. This loop is made possible with the purchase of the Bora Bora Pass from Air Tahiti.
The Real Cost of a Trip to Bora Bora
In the end, what is the global cost of a trip to Polynesia with a stopover on Bora Bora? For 15 days on the spot, the price of a trip to Bora Bora – including stopovers on other islands and international flights – is about :
- All comfort in high season : $22,600 per couple
- All comfort in low season : $18,000
- Economy in high season: $12,500
- Economy in low season: $10,200
The large differences in price between the different packages on the one hand, and between the seasons on the other hand, invite you to think carefully about your trip to French Polynesia. In addition, this may lead some travelers to consider the alternative of a cruise to Bora Bora, perhaps less restrictive.
How can you optimize your vacation to make it pleasant and unforgettable? We remain at your disposal for the preparation of your trip. We will be happy to advise you in the choice of your itineraries and activities. Contact us to benefit from our personalized recommendations.