French Polynesia - Tahiti - Bora Bora

Formed around seven million years ago, Bora Bora is situated 155 miles to the northeast of Tahiti. The main island is about six miles long by 2 ½ miles wide, with a central mountain chain dominated by the summits of Mount Otemanu (2,384 ft.) and the double peaked Mount Pahia (2,030 ft.) The coast of the main island is deeply jagged and bordered by a fringing reef that disappears in the southern part to give way to the remarkable white sand beaches of Taahana and Matira. Separated from the main island by a deep lagoon, is the small island of Toopua and the islet of Toopua Iti. These three islands are the eroded remnants of the slopes of a crater, enclosing the central part of an ancient volcano. Bora Bora offers the most dramatic beauty of any island in French Polynesia.

 

Travel to Tahiti

Air Tahiti Nui is the primary flight carrier servicing Tahiti from North America, including daily flights from Los Angeles and weekly flights from New York. All international air traffic pass through Faaa Airport in Papeete on Tahiti. Flying time is approximately 8 hours from Los Angeles, 13 hours from New York, and 5 hours from Hawaii.

Le Truck is a local bus system which is an inexpensive and reliable means of transportation throughout the islands. Taxis are available for hire, but can be expensive. Rental cars and motor scooters can be rented to easily navigate the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Bora Bora, Raiatea and Tahaa. Rental cars are not needed on the Tuamotu Islands. On the Marquesas, four wheel drive vehicles are available for rent and needed to get around on the island. Rental car inventory can be depleted at times so reservation in advance are highly recommended. Air Tahiti offers the primary mode of service between the islands, including regular inter-island flight service to 46 islands from Tahiti. The islands of Moorea and Huahine can be reached by ferry or catamaran service from Tahiti with travel time to Moorea an estimated 30 minutes.  

 

Travel to Bora Bora

Direct flights from Tahiti's Faaa Airport to Bora Bora take 45 minutes. Many flights to Bora Bora also make stops in Moorea, Huahine and Raiatea. Ferry transportation is available but not reliable or recommended for vacations or honeymooners.

Moped or bicycle is the best way to get around the island, which can toured in a day, but don't leave without taking a three-hour jeep safari tour.

 

Climate in French Polynesia

French Polynesia enjoys warm, tropical weather year-round. The climate of these islands is sunny and pleasant. The average ocean temperature is in the low 80's. Because Tahiti and her Islands are below the Equator, the seasons are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere.

 

Attractions in Tahiti/Bora Bora

The Society Islands are the most popular island group including the main island of Tahiti and its capital city of Papeete, as well as popular vacation islands of Moorea,Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea, and Tahaa. The Tuamotu Islands provide exquisite locations for diving and snorkeling, including the waters around the islands of Manihi, Tikehau, Rangiroa,and Fakarava.

As the final resting place of poet Jacque Brel and painter Paul Gauguin, the Marquesas Islands are historically significant with their ancient stone tikis.

Renting a bungalow is a highly regarded means of accommodations on the beaches of French Polynesia. Contemporary, beach and garden bungalows are some of the most popular available making up the luxury and affordable spas and resorts that can be found throughout the islands.  

Full day 4x4 jeep tours, shark and ray watching and snorkeling excursions are great ways to take in the beauty and wildlife indigenous to the French Polynesian.

Many of the resorts offer outstanding packages for weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries that will create lasting memories of your most special moments for years to come.

 

Passport requirement for travel to French Polynesia

All travelers must present a valid passport to board a flight to French Polynesia. Your first and last name on your passport must match your international air tickets. You will also be asked to present your passport to clear "Customs" in French Polynesia and upon return from French Polynesia. Your passport must be valid for 180 days beyond your return date. U.S. and Canadian citizens only need a valid passport and do not need a VISA to enter French Polynesia. 

 

 

 

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