Let’s be trustworthy, Bora Bora with its unique overwater bungalows isn’t identified for being low-cost.
French Polynesia, the island nation it’s a part of, is many issues together with distant, pristine, stunning, and really particular – however in no way low-cost.
That mentioned, I’m spent years bootstrapping my manner across the globe, discovering funds methods to benefit from the Maldives, Iceland, and different ‘costly’ locations. I’m a agency believer you could make Bora Bora inexpensive with some effort. Listed here are your choices from fancy to low-cost:
Bora Bora Lodging
Out of all of the islands of French Polynesia, the place I’ve spent a cumulative 4.5 months now, Bora Bora is definitely the costliest. Anticipate to pay twice as a lot for an overwater bungalow on Bora Bora as you’ll on Tahiti or Mo’orea.
That mentioned, Bora Bora is, for my part, extra stunning than each Tahiti and Mo’orea, and its fame as a honeymooner’s destination has made it that rather more costly and unique. That mentioned, you will discover a spot to remain on Bora Bora for as little as $100, or upwards of $3k. Learn on:
The Most Luxurious Bora Bora Lodges
4 Seasons Bora Bora
The Four Seasons Bora Bora affords overwater bungalows which might be over 1000 sq. toes, is on a motu (small coral island) with a stunning view of the primary island’s volcanic cliffs. It options an infinity pool, non-public seaside, lagoon sanctuary with free snorkeling excursions, a beachfront spa, tennis courts, and a gymnasium. This is likely one of the best-rated resorts on Bora Bora and prices a mean $2000/evening for an overwater bungalow throughout excessive season.
Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Should you’re in search of an overwater bungalow with its personal pool at a resort on a personal cove, the Conrad Bora Bora Nui has you lined. With attractive views of the primary island, you’ll be spoiled for views, lagoon swims, and all-marble bogs. The overwater bungalows with each a pool and sundown view run $3000/evening in high season.
St. Regis Bora Bora
One other luxurious possibility that reviewers love, the St. Regis Bora Bora is constructed over a stunning lagoon and options giant bungalows, additionally with marble bogs, and a few with their very own swimming pools. Company have entry to free snorkeling and wind browsing gear, and the resort affords a butler service and has its personal Hammam. Overwater bungalows vary from $2100-$3500 throughout excessive season.
Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana
Although nonetheless considerably dear, and never precisely a ‘mid vary’ resort if in contrast with every other island, the Intercontinental Le Moana affords a possibility to get into an overwater bungalow for nearer to $1000/evening throughout excessive season. That is the place I stayed in Bora Bora. I favored that it was situated on the primary island, which supplies you a bit extra flexibility to roam, hike, and eat exterior of the resort. It was gorgeous, with a stunning lagoon view.
Royal Bora Bora
Virtually subsequent door to the Intercontinental Le Moana, you’ll discover the Royal Bora Bora, which options beachfront rooms on a white sand seaside on the primary island. You’ll be able to guide a twin room for as little as $267/evening right here throughout excessive season, making it the most affordable mid-range discover on this listing. The rooms are definitely much less fancy than the others you’ll discover on this listing, and so is the pool, however for 1/10 of the worth of the posh bungalows, it’s simpler on the pockets.
A locally-owned possibility on a small motu on Bora Bora, Fare Ahuna affords a personal escape that may accommodate as much as 4 individuals in its two bedrooms. This affords a extra native expertise on Bora Bora – which for individuals who crave extra authenticity and fewer of a resort vibe, could be a particular expertise when in French Polynesia. That is usually what I search for once I journey on this a part of the world. Talking some French is a plus.
Inexpensive Lodges and Pensions
Is it Amalfi or is it Bora Bora? The murals that’s Villa Yrondi affords attractive rooms starting from $172-$313 for an ocean view. The house includes a pool, continental breakfast, and free bikes to be used.
Chez NoNo Lodge
For villas proper on the sand, this pension affords extra of the native really feel one usually finds within the smaller islands of French Polynesia. Situated on Matira Seashore, reviewers love this lodging, which additionally affords lagoon excursions to see the sharks and rays of Bora Bora. Rooms vary from $150-$325 per evening. You’ll be able to book it here.
Oa Oa Lodge
The most affordable possibility on this listing, rooms on the inexpensive Oa Oa Lodge go for as little as $102 per evening! The lodging is situated on the primary island near locations to eat, the grocery store, retailers, and extra. Reviewers reward the employees and naturally, it’s exhausting to discover a cheaper possibility on an in any other case costly island!
Bora Bora Transport
When attending to and round Bora Bora, there’s a wealth of choices as effectively. Should you’re staying on one of many fancy resorts on a small non-public motu, likelihood is good that the transportation is included. Nevertheless if you happen to’re staying in additional of a mid-range place, they are going to seemingly cost for the airport transport. I used to be quoted $75 per individual the place we stayed! However you don’t must pay these larger costs, there’s a native possibility.
Should you’re staying on the primary island, then you’ve gotten the choice of taking the airport ferry, which runs on a set schedule that you just’ll see posted at each the airport and the port (usually operating each hour) at no cost. As soon as on the port, you’ll discover taxis ready. They usually can take you to the opposite aspect of the island for the equal of $25 USD. When you’ve got a full taxi with 4+ individuals, they are going to most likely cost nearer to $50 whole. Should you’re on a motu, you’ll must take the resort’s transport.
As soon as on Bora Bora, you may hire a automobile, scooter, or bicycles to get round. Should you’re staying at a extra unique resort that’s on a personal motu, you gained’t have as a lot flexibility as you’ll have to take the resort boat to get to the primary island, however when you’re there, these rental choices will likely be obtainable to you, as will taxis.
Bora Bora Meals
Meals on Bora Bora can value a reasonably penny, too. Should you’re staying at one of many dearer resorts, anticipate to pay up for meals, and particularly alcohol, on the eating places. Should you’re on a distant motu, you’ll be caught with these choices, until you are taking a ship to the primary island. On this manner, your Bora Bora journey prices can add up rather a lot quicker.
Many of the funds lodging is situated on the primary island, which goes to make it simpler so that you can store on the market in case you have entry to a kitchen. That mentioned, don’t anticipate the market to be notably low-cost. Even groceries are very costly in Bora Bora and French Polynesia generally.
The most affordable meals that you will see are at native “snacks”. In French Polynesia, small, native eateries are known as snacks (often with the identify following, like “Snack Elda”). They serve up no-frills native meals together with Poisson Cru – a uncooked, cured tuna dish that’s identified throughout French Polynesia. You’ll usually additionally discover uncooked sashimi dishes and carpaccio, which has been totally different on each island I’ve sampled it on, although they all the time function uncooked, sliced fish, often tuna, and olive oil with different toppings. These snacks usually have rice, fries, and generally sandwiches on provide as effectively. They’re often open throughout lunch hours, although some are open within the evenings, too. Look forward to finding plates for $15-$20 on Bora Bora at snacks. Personally, I desire snacks to all else when in French Polynesia.
In case you may see a operating theme right here, French Polynesians love contemporary, uncooked seafood. Most of what you eat is so contemporary it has by no means even wanted to be chilled. This is likely one of the issues I like most about French Polynesia, however if you happen to’re not a seafood lover or can’t abdomen uncooked fish, you’ll most likely must go together with choices that cater to vacationers and could also be a bit dearer. Nevertheless I’ve heard that you will discover pizza on the primary island for round $25.
Bora Bora Issues to Do
One of the standard issues to do in Bora Bora is a lagoon tour. That is the place you will note the well-known rays and reef sharks. Just about everybody who visits Bora Bora goes on one in all these excursions. You can book it here for underneath $90, or, Should you’re fortunate and also you keep someplace native, you might even have the ability to exit on a smaller boat with an area.
Swim with Humpback Whales
Swimming with Humpback Whales is what brings me again to French Polynesia yearly. I really lead an all women’s experience swimming with them on one other island, however if you happen to’re solely visiting Bora Bora, take into account taking a private boat out to swim with the whales. One of the best months for viewing are from the center of August till the center/finish of October.
Land and Sea Safari + Snorkel
For the perfect of land and sea, take a day tour that features a 4×4 journey on land, and the lagoon tour. Get panoramic views in addition to lunch at an area restaurant. Book it here.
Among the best methods to expertise French Polynesia is from underneath the ocean. Among the greatest (and sadly costliest) scuba diving I’ve ever executed is on this a part of the world, and if you happen to’re a diver as effectively, I extremely advocate taking a few tanks out and experiencing the underwater menagerie of Bora Bora. Book it here.
Hike Mt. Pahia
Desire a free exercise? From the primary city, you may entry the path to Mt. Pahia, a 4-hour hike that’s greatest tried solely in dry climate because the unmaintained path can grow to be muddy and slippery. It gives you a stunning view over Bora Bora, and better of all, you don’t must pay to do it!
General, Bora Bora might be one of many dearer locations that I’ve visited, however that doesn’t imply you could’t take pleasure in it if you happen to’re on a funds. With rooms that may be as little as round $100 per evening, consuming Native delicacies at snacks as typically as potential, and selecting climbing over costly excursions, you may nonetheless splurge on what issues most to you whereas saving the place that you must.