Money can’t buy happiness… but at least you can buy a trip to Bora Bora and it is kind of close !
The remote beauty of our islands makes it hard to choose your destination but people tend to have a soft spot for Bora Bora… Known as the “Pearl of the Pacific”, it is said to be special… and worth every penny ! Take a look at our article and learn how to save money on your stay in Paradise.
Even though the air service has considerably improved and diversified itself over the last few years, the cost of a flight can vary a lot from one season to another and depending on your departure city as well. If you have no problem with stopovers, that you are ready to spend numerous hours on flight with sometimes little comfort, you can easily get to Tahiti for about USD $880.00. However, during high season, the ticket is close to USD $2,750. A cost-effective solution consists in booking your flights early. A few airlines serve the Tahiti airport, namely United Airlines, Air Tahiti Nui, French Bee, or Air France.
Once you arrive in Tahiti, you need to collect your luggage, proceed through customs and take a domestic flight. The cost of the inter-island transportation varies according to the distance. For now, only one company is in charge of the air service. Obviously, the farther you get from Tahiti, the most expensive.
For a Tahiti – Faa’a – Bora Bora roundtrip ticket, it will cost you about 47 000xpf ($433).
If you are not affected by seasickness, you can try to embark aboard a cargo. However, pay attention, only a few welcome passengers (up to 12) and priority is given to residents. The Hawaikinui, for instance, stops by the islands of Huahine, Raiatea, Taha’a and Bora Bora and represents a cheap alternative, as i twill only cost you about 2 000xpf ($18.5).
The accommodation offer in Bora Bora turns out to be very diverdified: from the modest guesthouse to the premium end of pontoon overwater bungalow in a five-star resort. We highly advise you to take a look at our hotel section to determine which of these options suits you best, according to your budget and expectations.
At Moana Voyages, we provide personalized services and make sure to find the perfect match.
Below is a table encompassing the accommodation offer on both low and high season. We ranked the lowest category of each establishment from the cheapest to the most expensive one. Of course, these rooms may not feature high-end equipment or the greatest view but it will give you an indication of the estimated budget for a stay in Bora Bora.
Suites and premium villas are also available on our website but we chose to cover an average vacation cost below. Please note that costs vary depending on your location, the size of the room, the sight and the number of persons.
Regarding food, the most economical alternative consists in doing some shopping on your own in a hypermarket or a convenience store. Obviously, food is more expensive in our islands as most products are imported but eating like the locals might help you save a lot of money.
A burger and one cocktail at a popular and yet casual restaurant of the island costs about $30-40 per person. An upscale seafood dinner with an appetizer and wine will average $150 to $200 per person.
If you stay in a guest house, it is better to choose the half-board option and head to snack restaurants for lunch. If you do not have any real budgetary restriction, feel free to go the gourmet restaurants of the luxury hotels, your taste buds will thank you.
If you are willing to find some excursions in Bora Bora, please take a look at our activity section.
Bora Bora is undoubtedly the ultimate location for weddings and honeymoons, it is the dream of thousands of brides-to-be but how much does a trip to Bora Bora cost? The price depends on a few variables such as your departure city, the time of the year, the type of accommodation you choose, your meal plan or the activities you want to do on site. Thus, we listed below a couple of our packages so that you can see the evolution of the rates according to these parameters.
If you stay on the main island, you can take the free Air Tahiti shuttle from the airport, however if your resort is located on a motu, as it is often the case, this is an expense that cannot be helped. You can also choose to book a private transfer.
If you want to explore Bora Bora on your own, you can hire a car, a boat or bike.
In average, the boat hire costs about $160 for 4 hours, the bicycle $25 per day and the car around $70 for 4 hours.
Please note that it is essential to plan your Bora Bora trip ahead of time. This will definitely reduce unnecessary costs and help you make the most of your vacation once you arrive.
As for your daily life, please find a few examples of expenses below:
A sandwich (half a baguette) ham-cheese / ground meat – French fries / tuna: 300 to 400 xpf, about USD $2.00 to USD $3.00
A hearty dish from the food truck: between 1 200 et 1 800xpf, about USD $11.00 to USD $17.00
A dish in a casual restaurant: almost 2000xpf, about USD $18.00
A dish in a gourmet restaurant: 3 500xpf about USD $32.00
A cocktail in a resort: between 1 200 and 2 200 xpf = between USD $11.00 and USD $23.00 euros
3 vanilla pods: in average 1 600xpf, about USD $16.00
A genuine black pearl from Bora Bora: From 6 000 xpf = USD $57.00 for a nice one