Bora Bora is one of the best paradises on Earth. This scenic island comes at a price, but there are ways you can save money when you book a honeymoon or trip to Bora Bora. We will take a look at the average costs for a vacation, covering everything from resort prices, food costs, airplane tickets, and other transportation costs. By the end of this guide, you will have a general idea of how much a vacation in Bora Bora costs.
How Much Does A Trip To Bora Bora Cost?
Based on our estimates, you can expect to pay anywhere from $8000 to $15000 for a trip to Bora Bora. We’ve paid around an average of $10,000-$12,000 in the past for a 5 to 7-day vacation. The biggest expense by far is the accommodations.
The next biggest expense might be airplane tickets depending on where you come from. If you get a meal plan, your food prices get factored into the price for accommodations. Getting around Bora Bora isn’t expensive, especially since the island is quite small, so taxi rides don’t cost excessively.
The thing about Bora Bora is that it’s far from cheap. That’s the simple truth of visiting this French Polynesian island. It’s a paradise many want to come to and this is simply not the place for those on a tight budget since it’s expensive.
However, this doesn’t mean you can’t make it more affordable. While staying at an overwater bungalow is one of the most expensive accommodations to stay on Bora Bora, staying at a garden bungalow on land or a pension is much less expensive.
Bora Bora Resorts Prices
The resort prices in Bora Bora can be quite high depending on the accommodations. If you plan to stay in an overwater bungalow, you’re looking at anywhere between $1000 to $4000 a night. A beach bungalow costs anywhere from $500-$2000 a night. Here is the average cost for some of the top resorts in Bora Bora.
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa offers heaven on earth. You can find it on the same motu as the Four Seasons Resort, Motu Piti Aau. It features its own restaurant with traditional Tahitian meals and tropical cocktails. It has spacious overwater villas with multiple rooms and views of the lagoon or Mount Otemanu and Polynesian-inspired designs.
The beach villas offer similar amenities at a reduced price. Visit the Deep Ocean Spa for relaxing massages and spa treatments. The average bungalow price for this resort comes in the range of $1000 to $3000 a night. We have previously stayed here, and it’s one of our favorite places to visit. You can read a complete review of the InterContinental Thalasso.
Four Seasons Bora Bora
If you’re looking for an ultra-luxurious place to stay, the Four Seasons Resort is the elite option. They have everything from overwater bungalows with views of Mount Otemanu to beachfront bungalows with the water a short distance from the rooms.
It’s a 5-star resort with extensive facilities, including a spa and a restaurant. The Tere Nui restaurant offers seafood and various cuisines. They also provide you with free snorkeling equipment, so you don’t have to worry about renting it or bringing your own. The price per night at this all-inclusive resort ranges from $1500-$3500 a night, depending on when you visit and all the amenities you’re looking for.
Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort
The Conrad Bora Bora Nui resort is found in Motu To’opua. It’s an ideal place for a honeymoon in Bora Bora with its romantic atmosphere and secluded beach. We have also previously stayed at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort before and paid $12000 for a 5-night stay.
Travelers on a lower budget can aim for their garden bungalows with the same beautiful views. It typically costs less than the other high-end resorts like Four Seasons and InterContinental. The Conrad also has a beautiful outdoor infinity pool that is legendary for its unique design and look.
Pensions & Budget Hotels
Bora Bora also has what are called family pensions, or in other words, guest homes. The prices for pensions are much lower than hotel room prices, and are surrounded by the same beautiful environment around the island. Most of these like this Matira House or this Matira Beach Bungalow can be found on the southern end close to Matira Beach. These are both good places for couples who are looking for something affordable.
Chez Nono is also popular and many travelers tend to stay here. Many of these are family-owned, so you can expect a family-friendly atmosphere and Polynesian hospitality. Hotel Matira is a beautiful yet budget hotel in Bora Bora that has beach and garden bungalows. It sits close to the Intercontinental Le Moana, so you can enjoy the same close restaurants of the resort at a lower price and it’s close to the beautiful Matira Beach.
There are also bed and breakfast places and vacation rentals. Airbnb is only starting to get more popular, with family homes for rent found around Vaitape and closer to the middle of the island. You can read the where to stay article to learn about the different areas.
Bora Bora Food Prices
When traveling to Bora Bora, we would highly advise you to purchase a meal plan. You can purchase meal plans from the resort itself or travel packages like Costco. The restaurant prices at resorts can be quite expensive.
For example, a burger and a beer at the Intercontinental Thalasso typically cost around $50 ($35 for a burger and $15 for a beer). If you’re not paying for all-inclusive resorts, the food costs can quickly add up. Eat something fancier, like steak or lobster, and the costs are much higher at $70 or more.
Factor in the costs of two people on a daily basis, and you’ll see that the food prices can quickly skyrocket. Now even if you do end up purchasing a meal package, most resorts will only cover breakfast and dinner.
So you’re often left by yourself to figure out what to do for lunch. We recommend bringing your own snacks from whatever country you’re visiting or light food options (ramen noodles). Unfortunately, alcohol is rarely covered in the packages so purchasing that will be on your own dime too and that’s far from cheap.
The restaurants on the mainland Bora Bora offer meals at a much more reasonable price, but if you’re staying at a resort on its own private motu, you won’t have many options. It’s either eating at the resort’s expensive restaurants or taking a ferry to the mainland for food.
Bora Bora also has supermarkets to make ingredients for your own food. Buy any beer, alcohol, or water here for cheaper rates. You can also find roadside stands that sell common food like burgers, chicken, and more.
Bora Bora Flight Prices
One major factor you need to consider for costs is airplane tickets. While airplane ticket prices will vary based on where you’re located, you can expect to pay up a hefty sum if you’re flying in from other countries.
We fly in from the United States, and on average a ticket that gets me all the way to Bora Bora costs around $1500. We make a stop at Tahiti since they have the go-to international airport in French Polynesia and then take another short flight to Bora Bora.
If you visit from Australia, you can expect to pay around a similar amount of $1700. Airplane tickets from countries in Europe can see costs of $2000-$3500 while those in Asia are around $2500-$5000. It’s not cheap.
Fortunately, the costs to move around in Bora Bora aren’t that high. If you’re staying at a luxurious resort, many of them will provide a free shuttle to pick you up from the airport and take you to their private motu or one of the coastlines. The resorts on private motus also tend to offer free ferry rides that travel to the mainland on a daily basis at no extra cost.
Renting a car to get around the island is advisable, and for this, you’re looking at $70 – $100 a day. There aren’t that many rental car options, but they aren’t vastly expensive. If you’re feeling active, getting around on a bicycle is quite common and many tourists do it. Scooters are also cheaper to rent than a car and comfortably sit another passenger.