Let’s be trustworthy, Bora Bora with its unique overwater bungalows isn’t recognized for being low cost.
French Polynesia, the island nation it’s a part of, is many issues together with distant, pristine, stunning, and actually particular – however in no way low cost.
That stated, I’m spent years bootstrapping my means across the globe, discovering price range methods to benefit from the Maldives, Iceland, and different ‘costly’ locations. I’m a agency believer which you could make Bora Bora reasonably priced with some effort. Listed below 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 well the most costly. Anticipate to pay twice as a lot for an overwater bungalow on Bora Bora as you’d on Tahiti or Mo’orea.
That stated, Bora Bora is, in my view, extra stunning than each Tahiti and Mo’orea, and its fame as a honeymooner’s vacation spot has made it that rather more costly and unique. That stated, 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 Motels
4 Seasons Bora Bora
The 4 Seasons Bora Bora affords overwater bungalows which might be over 1000 sq. ft, is on a motu (small coral island) with a stunning view of the principle island’s volcanic cliffs. It options an infinity pool, non-public seashore, lagoon sanctuary with free snorkeling excursions, a beachfront spa, tennis courts, and a health club. This is among the best-rated resorts on Bora Bora and prices a median $2000/night time 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 non-public cove, the Conrad Bora Bora Nui has you coated. With attractive views of the principle 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/night time in excessive 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 massive bungalows, additionally with marble bogs, and a few with their very own swimming pools. Visitors have entry to free snorkeling and wind browsing tools, 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 chance to get into an overwater bungalow for nearer to $1000/night time throughout excessive season. That is the place I stayed in Bora Bora. I preferred that it was positioned on the principle island, which provides you a bit extra flexibility to roam, hike, and eat outdoors 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 seashore on the principle island. You may ebook a twin room for as little as $267/night time right here throughout excessive season, making it the most cost effective mid-range discover on this listing. The rooms are actually much less fancy than the others you’ll discover on this listing, and so is the pool, however for 1/10 of the value 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 non-public 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, is usually a particular expertise when in French Polynesia. That is usually what I search for after I journey on this a part of the world. Talking some French is a plus.
Inexpensive Motels 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 contains 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. Positioned on Matira Seaside, reviewers love this lodging, which additionally affords lagoon excursions to see the sharks and rays of Bora Bora. Rooms vary from $150-$325 per night time. You may ebook it right here.
Oa Oa Lodge
The most cost effective possibility on this listing, rooms on the reasonably priced Oa Oa Lodge go for as little as $102 per night time! The lodging is positioned on the principle island near locations to eat, the grocery store, outlets, and extra. Reviewers reward the workers and naturally, it’s arduous 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 properly. Should you’re staying on one of many fancy resorts on a small non-public motu, chances are high good that the transportation is included. Nonetheless for those who’re staying in additional of a mid-range place, they’ll seemingly cost for the airport transport. I used to be quoted $75 per particular person the place we stayed! However you don’t need to pay these increased costs, there’s a native possibility.
Should you’re staying on the principle island, then you’ve got 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 working each hour) totally free. 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’ll in all probability cost nearer to $50 whole. Should you’re on a motu, you’ll need to take the resort’s transport.
As soon as on Bora Bora, you’ll be able to hire a automobile, scooter, or bicycles to get round. Should you’re staying at a extra unique resort that’s on a non-public motu, you received’t have as a lot flexibility as you’ll have to take the resort boat to get to the principle island, however when you’re there, these rental choices can 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 costlier 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’re taking a ship to the principle island. On this means, your Bora Bora journey prices can add up lots sooner.
A lot of the price range lodging is positioned on the principle island, which goes to make it simpler so that you can store on the market in case you have entry to a kitchen. That stated, don’t anticipate the market to be notably low cost. Even groceries are very costly in Bora Bora and French Polynesia on the whole.
The most cost effective meals that you will see that are at native “snacks”. In French Polynesia, small, native eateries are known as snacks (normally 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 recognized throughout French Polynesia. You’ll usually additionally discover uncooked sashimi dishes and carpaccio, which has been completely different on each island I’ve sampled it on, although they at all times characteristic uncooked, sliced fish, normally tuna, and olive oil with different toppings. These snacks usually have rice, fries, and generally sandwiches on supply as properly. They’re normally 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’ll be able to see a working theme right here, French Polynesians love recent, uncooked seafood. Most of what you eat is so recent it has by no means even wanted to be chilled. This is among the issues I really like most about French Polynesia, however for those who’re not a seafood lover or can’t abdomen uncooked fish, you’ll in all probability need to go together with choices that cater to vacationers and could also be a bit costlier. Nonetheless I’ve heard that you will discover pizza on the principle island for round $25.
Bora Bora Issues to Do
One of the crucial in style issues to do in Bora Bora is a lagoon tour. That is the place you will notice the well-known rays and reef sharks. Just about everybody who visits Bora Bora goes on one in every of these excursions. You may ebook it right here for beneath $90, or, Should you’re fortunate and also you keep someplace native, you could even be capable 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 girls’s expertise swimming with them on one other island, however for those who’re solely visiting Bora Bora, take into account taking a non-public boat out to swim with the whales. The most effective months for viewing are from the center of August till the center/finish of October.
Land and Sea Safari + Snorkel
For one of the best 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. Guide it right here.
Probably the greatest methods to expertise French Polynesia is from beneath the ocean. A number of the finest (and sadly most costly) scuba diving I’ve ever performed is on this a part of the world, and for those who’re a diver as properly, I extremely suggest taking a few tanks out and experiencing the underwater menagerie of Bora Bora. Guide it right here.
Hike Mt. Pahia
Desire a free exercise? From the principle city, you’ll be able to entry the path to Mt. Pahia, a 4-hour hike that’s finest tried solely in dry climate because the unmaintained path can change into muddy and slippery. It offers you a stunning view over Bora Bora, and better of all, you don’t need to pay to do it!
General, Bora Bora might be one of many costlier locations that I’ve visited, however that doesn’t imply which you could’t get pleasure from it for those who’re on a price range. With rooms that may be as little as round $100 per night time, consuming Native delicacies at snacks as typically as potential, and selecting mountain climbing over costly excursions, you’ll be able to nonetheless splurge on what issues most to you whereas saving the place it is advisable to.