Information on Bora Bora
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Here is 'need to know' information on Bora Bora travel and island geography. Click on a topic to fast-track to that section.

Where is Bora Bora?

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.

What makes a Bora Bora vacation so special?

Pristine white sand beaches, clear blue lagoons, tropical vegetation over dramatic volcanic peaks, and glamorous resorts, make Bora Bora the ultimate tropical vacation getaway.

Bora Bora Visa Regulations

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.

Information on Bora Bora Flights

Find out how long international flights to Tahiti take. Read more information on choosing the best Tahiti airfare.Know which specialist Tahiti travel agency can get you an all-rounds attractive deal for a superb Bora Bora vacation. For a good overview of Bora Bora travel information including Bora Bora's timezone, visit our information on Bora Bora travel page.

Getting around Bora Bora

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!

Shuttle boat is a main way to get around!

From Tahiti, flights to Bora Bora take 45 minutes and will be the most 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 Population

Bora Bora has a permanent population of around 9000 inhabitants. About 5000 live in the main town of Vaitape and others are in the villages of Anau and Faanui. The Spire of a church marks each village.

Communication by Phone

To make a long distance call from Bora Bora you must purchase an international phone card. These phone cards can be used to call home from all of the Tahitian islands. 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.

Before using a phone at your resort, check the charges for calls. Don't assume that calling another number in Bora Bora will be billed as a local call.

Bora Bora Vacation Internet Access

Internet access is available in Vaitape at the Aloe Cafe. They have several computers (both mac and PC). All the Bora Bora resorts can provide 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.

Bora Bora travel Power Voltage

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.

Bora Bora Language

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.

Bora Bora Currency

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>

Bora Bora Travel Vacation Tipping

Tipping is not customary or expected in French Polynesia.

Bora Bora's Time Zone

Standard time zone: UTC/GMT -10 hours
Time zone abbreviation: TAHT - Tahiti time

Information on Bora Bora Weather

Bora Bora weather is divided into two seasons: the wet season (summer), and the dry season (winter). Visit the Bora Bora weather page to find out what weather to expect when you're planning to go.

Bora Bora's Geography and wildlife

Bora Bora is a small island, 29.3 km2 (11.31 sq mi), set in a turquoise lagoon that is sheltered by a surrounding string of coral motus (small islands). The steep, dramatic profile of Mt Otemanu makes a big impact. It's volcanic peak is visible from just about anywhere on Bora Bora and makes a stunning backdrop to the blue lagoon and white sandy beaches. Here's more about Bora Bora's geography and the wildlife to be found on the island.

Bora Bora Mt Otemanu and motusThe volcanic peaks of Mt Otemanu and Mt Pahia rising out of the Bora Bora lagoon

Bora Bora Shopping

Find out the best places to shop in Bora Bora and the Tahiti souvenirs to look out for.

Tahitian pearl jewelry is the most special memento you can take home. Here's all you need to know to make a great choice when buying Tahiti pearls.

market shopping Bora BoraPareo shopping in the Vaitape market

Bora Bora Activities

Make sure you get information on Bora Bora activities while planning your vacation. Bora Bora's legendary lagoon is a sublime location for a wide choice of water activities. Visit the Bora Bora tours page to see all the on-land things to do on 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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