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Bora Bora
Travel Planning
Bora Bora

Bora Bora at a Glance

Bora Bora has always been a gorgeous island filled with romantic and hazy volcanoes, azure inlets and swaying tropical breezes. English explorer Captain Cook called it "The Pearl of the Pacific" and the island retains that appeal to this day. 

The Pear of the Pacific has been developed as a luxury destination so don't expect the same verdant and empty space that Captain Cook first set eyes on. The island is expensive and filled with little luxuries. If a glass bottomed honey-moon house moored in a coastal lagoon, or a 5-star resort is your calling, this island will have a fantastic selection of little extras that could make for a spectacular trip.  

For peace and quiet, chose a secluded white sand beach or dive down to the reefs to silently gaze at the fish and coral. If you are adventurous, hike a volcano, or explore the jungle. The island is your oyster. 

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High Season
July - August, December - April
Low Season
September - November, May - June
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      Major Airports
      • Regional Airport Bora Bora Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Tourists do not need a visa to visit French Polynesia as long as they have a return ticket and will be staying for less than three months. Travelers must have a passport valid for at least six months after their departure date. For more information, contact a French Consulate's office. American citizens can use the U.S State Department's website to learn more information about travel in French Polynesia. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Ferry Farepiti Quay
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Activities French Polynesia has occasional earthquakes. Pay attention should a tsunami alert be issued. Cyclone season is from November to April. 

      Safety Concerns French Polynesia is a safe place to visit and crime against tourists is uncommon. As with anywhere, avoid leaving your personal belongings unattended and stay out of the way of cranky drunks. Be careful of currents, rip-tides and sneaker waves while on the beach. Ask around to get suggestions on safe beaches. 

      Health Concerns No vaccinations are required for trips to French Polynesia. However, the islands have fierce if non-disease carrying mosquito so insect repellent is suggested.