Here is essential information on Bora Bora travel: visa, flight, Tahiti currency, timezone, language, weather, tipping, internet and phoning home.
Requirements can change at any time. To be sure that information on Bora Bora Entry Requirements and Customs Regulations is current, check with the French consulate before you plan Bora Bora travel. Even your travel agent may not be up-to-date on this Tahiti vacation information.
All foreigners entering French Polynesia must hold either a return ticket to their country, or documents for onward travel to two continuing destinations. A passport valid for six months after the date of entry is also required.
To get to Bora Bora you will first need to fly into Tahiti. Flights from Los Angeles to Tahiti are 8 hours, and flights from Sydney are 8 hours. Consult flights to Tahiti to check the easiest way to get to Tahiti, and how long your travel will take. Here's more information on how to find the best Tahiti airfare.
From Tahiti, flights to Bora Bora take 45 minutes and will be the most beautiful you have ever experienced. Here is information on Bora Bora flights.
Bora Bora has warm, tropical weather all year. Bora Bora weather is divided into two seasons: the wet season (Summer), is between November to April. The dry season (winter) is May through October, and is peak season for Bora Bora travel. You will have more sunshine hours (see our weather chart) and lower temperatures during the dry season. Each season has different advantages. To find out which is the best time to travel to Bora Bora, visit our Bora Bora weather page.
The local currency is the Pacific Franc (XPF). You can exchange money most easily at Faaa airport in Tahiti before coming on to Bora Bora. There are several banks with ATMs in Vaitape, Bora Bora's main town. Bora Bora airport also has an ATM. The United States dollar is accepted in some places. As a general guide 100XPF is approximately $US1.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT -10 hours
Time zone abbreviation: TAHT - Tahiti time
French and Tahitian are the official languages. The school curriculum is in French. Although there is little formal teaching of the Tahitian language, about 80% of the population converses in it at home. English is widely spoken in tourist areas. For information on Bora Bora travel useful Tahitian language phrases, see commonly used Tahitian and French words.
To make a long distance call from Bora Bora you must purchase an international phone card. These phone cards can be used on all of the Tahitian islands to call overseas. If you have a GSM phone you may be able to have international roaming on your phone. If your phone is unlocked, an affordable way can be to buy a sim in Tahiti or buy a international sim card.
Internet access is available in Vaitape at the Aloe Cafe. They have several computers (both mac and PC). All the Bora Bora resorts have internet access. Their policy on charging varies. Some offer free wi-fi in the rooms, others charge. Many of the resorts charge for in-room use but offer free internet in their business center or near reception. So ask when you are checking in. You will also find information on Bora Bora resort internet policy on the website of each.
Electrical power in French Polynesia is 220Volts – 60Hz. Electric outlets have two round holes, the same as in Western Europe. Many of the Luxury resorts have American plugs in their bungalows. All the resorts have a US 110 volt shaver socket in the bathroom that will recharge camcorders and cameras without the need for an adapter. For specific information on Bora Bora resorts' power plug voltage, check on their web sites. You can usually borrow an adapter from your reception, but it is best to bring your own, as they may be all on loan to other guests when you need one.
Tipping is not customary or expected in French Polynesia.
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