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Bora Bora

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Country rank: 1 out of 1 Places To Visit In French-polynesia

Sub-Region: Leeward Islands


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Ideal duration: 3 days

Best time: May to October (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Bora Bora (Check Flights)

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"A colossal cosmos encircled by a mystique lagoon"

Bora Bora Tourism

"Welcome to the fantasy of a dreamy island with utmost perfectional beauty"- This is how the pictures of Bora Bora entice you for a vacation. A part of French Polynesia, this magical island has some of the most beautiful sights to behold- a tropical island sorrounded by the amazing blue lagoon and coral reefs, accompanied by small islets (Motus) scattered around Bora Bora.

Crowned by the blue lagoon,Bora Bora is a heavenly paradise for people longing for a relaxing vacation amidst natural beauty, and not to forget newly-weds who're looking for a private romantic setting for honeymooning. If you're thinking Bora Bora is just for some sun-soaking and a luxurious getaway, you are absolutely right, NOT. Bora Bora has a lot more to offer apart from its indulging over-water and beach-side resorts. When you get slightly bored of sunbathing and your supercool tan starts looking like burnt skins, you can always turn to some great adventures for an extraordinary experience. There are a couple of underwater activities that also allow you to interact with the enigmatic marine life.

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Hotels in Bora Bora

Top Hotels in Bora Bora

  • Rohotu Fare

    XPF 29,750 /night onwards

  • Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

    XPF 63,998 /night onwards

  • Conrad Bora Bora Nui

    XPF 84,150 /night onwards


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You can get your currency exchanged easily at Papeete airport (Tahiti). Some hotels also offer currency exchanges for a reasonabe amount (only small amounts). There are various ATMs in the main town of Bora Bora- Vaitape.

Your daily expenses totally depend on what you choose to do in Bora Bora. Food is expensive here, so be prepared to spend atleast CPF 15000 (a light breakfast and lunch, and a heavy dinner along with wine. If you plan to indulge into some activities, expect your costs for them to start from CPF 12000. You can manage your budget my choosing the right tour operators, looking for inexpensive restaurants, and using cheaper options for getting around.

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People in Bora Bora are very warm, generous, and slow-paced. Although you might find many topless women sunbathing, you must make sure that you don't roam around in bikinis in non-swimming areas. Tips are not expected in French Polynesia, so you can restrict tipping only to some extra-ordinary services you get. Some locals might even get offended if you offer a tip.

French is the official language in Bora Bora, although Tahitian is also commonly used for communicating. People generally understand and speak English, so interacting with locals is usually not a problem.

The island was initially named 'Mai te Pora' (rising out of darkness/created by the Gods). Legends have it that this was the first land to rise out from the water. With time, the name shortened to 'Pora' and the word 'Pora Pora' came into existence, which then became 'Bora Bora'. This beautiful island was chosen by the U.S. for military supply base in South Pacific, major constructions including an airstrip which was used as the airport for international flights until 1960. Artillary guns were set up around the island to protect the base from attacks. After the base was closed officially in 1946, the tourism industry started emerging in Bora Bora, which now blooms with huge flocks of people every year.

Bora Bora is a peace-loving island, mostly meant for honeymooners. Le R_cife Discothque is the only nightclub on the island. Try gazing at the stars for a perfect end to your day with cool breezes to fill your heart with ultimate pleasure.

Although there are no such shopping centres, you can purchase stuff from local shops. Consider buying the miraculous 'monoi' all-purpose oil, made from Tiare blossoms and coconut, which can be used as a moisturizer, hair conditioner, and even a soothing aid over insect bites. Black Pearl farms are common to hear about, but make sure you buy the original ones.

Majority of resorts and hotels accept payments through credit cards. You might require some local currency for purchasing at local and small souvenir shops. Staying in a pension might require cash in CPF. Don't get a lot of money converted, you might face problem in getting your currency back.

Poisson Cru is a Tahitian dish very much popular among tourists, which is made from raw marinated fish dipped in coconut milk and lime juice along with some veggies. Most of the restaurants include this super-tasty dish in their menus. Imported foods cost terribly high, so prefer local Polynesian food to save your pocket.


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How to Reach Bora Bora

Tourists land on the international airport in Papeete, Tahiti. From there, you can take a domestic flight to reach Bora Bora. Ferries take a long time to reach, so not a recommended mode of transport. (Read More)

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