Flying into Bora Bora Airport Will Be the Most Beautiful Landing in the world!

Are you aware that unique Bora Bora Airport is located on it's own islet?

Look on the Bora bora Map and you will spot it to the north of Bora Bora Island. Here you can find everything you need to know for a smooth transit and boat transfer across the lagoon to your resort motu, or Vaitape on the main island.

Your Bora Bora Airline is Air Tahiti

Bora Bora Vacations begin with international flights to Faa'a Tahiti Airport in Papeete. From there Tahiti air travel is with the Air Tahiti airline, so this will be the Bora Bora airline for your inter-island flight. Bora Bora Airport is an easy 50 minutes away from Papeete. Air Tahiti has a minimum of 5 flights to Bora Bora each day.

Air tahiti Flight arriving into Bora Bora Airport
Air Tahiti is the inter-island carrier that flys to Bora Bora Airport

Looking for the Bora Bora Air Tahiti Office?

Bora Bora Air Tahiti Office
Air Tahiti's office in Vaitape

The Bora Bora Air Tahiti office (phone 60-53-53) is located on the main island of Bora Bora. You can find it on Vitape Wharf next to the Banque de Tahiti.

It is open on weekdays from 7.30am to 11.30am, and 1.30pm to 4.30 pm.

Extend your Bora Bora vacation with other Polynesian flights

Bora Bora Airport is a hub for Air Tahiti. From here you can catch flights around the Society Islands. Direct flights from Bora Bora depart for Moorea 5 times per week and there are also some flights to Maupiti, Raiatea and Huahini. Air Tahiti also flies from Bora Bora out to the Tuamotu Islands. Flights go to Tikehau and Rangiroa 4-5 times per week and to Fakarava and Manihi 3-4 times per week. Find out how to get fantastic value with an Air Tahiti pass or vacation package.

Stay Awake on The Flight to Bora Bora

Your flight to Bora Bora will be a thrilling experience as the aerial view of the green, jagged volcanic peak of towering Mt Otemanu appears on the horizen. Surrounded by a captivating, vivid blue lagoon, this sight has moved writers and artists to call Bora Bora 'the most beautiful island in the world'. Find out which side of the plane to sit on for the best views. As you descend, you will be amazed by the many blues of the Bora Bora Lagoon. You can clearly see the Bora Bora resorts extending out over the lagoon, with their wooden walkways connecting to thatched-roof over water bungalows.

Flying to Bora Bora Airport
Flying to Bora Bora Airport

Bora Bora Airport is on a Small Island

When you land on the airstrip at Bora Bora after this scenic Tahiti air travel, you may be disappointed it's the end of the flight. Bora Bora Airport has been built on a strip of flat land on a small islet, Motu Mute, north of the main island of Bora Bora. This is one of the small barrier islands that form a ring around Bora Bora Lagoon. The Bora Bora Airport code is BOB.

Bora Bora Airport
Bora Bora Airport is on a little motu

No Taxis, Just Boat Transfers!

Air Tahiti passengers arriving on Motu Mute use boat transportation from the airport pier to get to their hotels. Everyone should check that their luggage is loaded on (or off) the boat at the airport. Air Tahiti includes the cost of the 25 minute catamaran ride to Vaitape wharf with flights to Bora Bora. When you exit the airport building you will wait on a pier and be dazzled by the view across the blue lagoon to exotic Bora Bora Island.

The luxury resorts have their own private shuttles to escort you directly to your destination in style. When you are arranging your Bora Bora vacation, book transfers from Bora Bora Airport to your resort. On arrival at the airport, report to the hotel desk. Guests are welcomed with a beautiful lei that signifies a resort and ensures that you get on the right boat. Find out which Bora Bora resorts include boat transfers between the airport.

Resort Boats picking up guests from Bora Bora Airport
Resort Boats picking up guests from Bora Bora Airport

This Gateway to Paradise was Built for
World War II

During World War II Bora Bora Island was considered a strategic location because of it's position in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. In response to the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the United States of America built the island's first airfield on Motu Mute. The military used the island as a supply base and about 5,000 GIs set up huge naval guns to defend the territory if Japan launched a surprise attack. The guns were never fired and after the war ended it took years to evict some of the soldiers who did not want to leave.

This little runway on Motu Mute became remote French Polynesia's main connection to the outside world. In 1958 the first commercial flight arrived from Paris, France.

Passengers were transferred to Papeete by sea. Bora Bora's air strip continued to be used for international flights until the current Tahiti Faa'a Airport was finally built and opened in March 1961. Today Bora Bora Airport is a regional hub for the Bora Bora Airline, Air Tahiti and is the gateway for guests coming to enjoy the most beautiful resorts in the South Pacific.

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