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Bora Bora is a tropical island in French Polynesia, located in the middle of the Pacific ocean halfway between Australia and the USA. Find out more about where Bora Bora is located.
Pristine white sand beaches, clear blue lagoons, tropical vegetation over dramatic volcanic peaks and glamorous resorts make Bora Bora the ultimate tropical vacation getaway.
Find out if you require a visa for your Bora bora travel and other useful travel information about Tahiti currency, Bora Bora's power voltage, internet access and phoning home.
Find out how long the trip is and the easiest ways to get to Tahiti from around the world on our flights to Tahiti page. Read more information on choosing the best Tahiti airfare. For a good overview of Bora Bora travel information including Bora Bora's timezone, visit our information on Bora Bora travel page.
From Tahiti, flights to Bora Bora take 45 minutes and will be the
beautiful you have ever experienced. Everything you need to know about
Bora Bora flight details, how to get discount prices, where to sit on
the plane, baggage allowances,
cancellation requirements and where to stay near the Tahiti Airport is on our flights to Bora Bora page.
Here is useful information on connecting from your Tahiti flight to Bora Bora flights.
Bora Bora has a permanent population of just under 9000 people, with around 5000 living in the main town of Vaitape.
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.
French and Tahitian are the official languages. Find out about the languages spoken in Bora Bora. English is widely spoken in tourist areas. If you make an effort to learn a few commonly used Tahitian and French words, Polynesians respond warmly.
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.</p>
Tipping is not customary or expected in French Polynesia.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT -10 hours
Time zone abbreviation: TAHT - Tahiti time
Bora Bora weather is divided into two seasons: the wet season (Summer), and The dry season (winter). To find out which is the best time to travel to Bora Bora, visit our Bora Bora weather page.
Bora Bora is a small island, 29.3 km2 (11.31 sq mi), set in a turquoise lagoon that is surrounded by a string of motus
(small islands). The steep, dramatic profile of Mt Otemanu makes a big impact, and is a stunning
backdrop to the blue lagoon and white sandy beaches from just about anywhere around Bora Bora.
Read more about Bora Bora's geography and wildlife found on the island.
Tahitian pearl jewelry is the most special Bora Bora item you can take home with you. You can find out more about where to buy pearls on our Tahitian Pearl Jewelry page.
Bora Bora has a main island surrounded by smaller islands. This makes getting around different and fun! Boat is a main form of transport. Find out how to get around the island to the airport, restaurants, resorts and activities by boat, bike, scooter, public transport, taxi, car hire and shuttle. There are also many fun ways to get around Bora Bora!
A brief overview of Bora Bora activities can be found on the information on Bora Bora activities page. There are many water activities on Bora Bora's legendary lagoon. On the main island there are plenty of things to do too. Visit our Bora Bora tours page to see all the land activities available.
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Want to know what it is like snorkeling at each resort? Let's help you find the best resort snorkeling in Bora Bora!
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First timers paddle a Polynesian outrigger canoe on a Sofitel Bora Bora snorkeling trip to the most beautiful coral gardens in Bora Bora.
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Our tour of the Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island will show you how this traditional Polynesian resort delivers a Bora Bora vacation you'll reminisce over for years.