This is why backpackers will "never" see Bora Bora

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Playa Pointe Raititi Playa Pointe Raititi by Alquiler de Coches, via Flickr


Bora Bora is an island of the Society Islands of French Polynesia. Today the island's economy is driven almost solely by tourism so it is pretty hard to spend time here on a budget, which is the main reason why backpackers will (probably) never see it.



Bora Bora, le MeridienWe have found the "cheapest" accommodation, for example for May; 7 nights for 2 will cost you $1.678 at a 3 star Eden Beach Hotel Bora Bora. Since the cheapest rates are usually for March and April, we tried to adjust our search. 7 nights staying for two at the end of April will cost a bit more under $1000. There are some camp sites that can offer you the same 7 days for close to $400 but they are often very remotely located and with expected limited amenities. Try to avoid the over-water bungalows, also. They are beautiful but are also a lot more expensive.


Aéroport de Bora-BoraLet’s say you are lucky enough to have friends there and you don`t need to bother with accommodation search… You still need to find a flight to get there. There are 2 airlines that offer flights to Bora Bora: Air Tahiti Nui and Air France. But there are no low budget airlines. You know what that means. If you have some miles to trade, consider yourself a lucky backpacker.


Now you are at your destination. Lagoon is really wonderful and full of marine life which will probably lure you to go scuba diving and snorkeling which are very popular activities in and around the lagoon of Bora Bora. Many species of sharks and rays inhabit the surrounding body of water. There are a few dive operators on the island offering manta ray dives or shark-feeding dives.

bora bora divingIt will cost you $300 (€218) for an introductory dive, shell necklace, fruit juice and a DVD video. If you are in only for an introductory dive for beginners, have $104 (€75) prepared. There are no side perks with the cheaper option and you still get to see sharks as well as a variety of tropical fishes. No DVD, but memories are free.


bora bora shrimpTime to grab a bite. Pizza is not a great choice on a vacation like this, but if you want to save some money that is the cheapest choice. You will pay around $30 for a pizza and a burger, but you can bring your own drink. That is really a nice option, but can you eat fast food every day? Restaurant prices range from $70 up to $200 for a meal for two. The best option would be to book a room with breakfast and manage lunch and dinner on your own. Or, if you are not staying for too long, hang on to those pizzas and use the money for scuba or another activity.


Public transport on the island is nonexistent, so if you want to go around, rental cars and bicycles are the recommended methods of transport. There are also small, two-seater buggies for hire in Vaitape, as well as rental motorboats to explore the lagoon.


If you are not on the budget, you will have the time of your life on Bora Bora. But, as far as the backpacker’s ways go, not being on the budget is not likely to occur. Ah well, you can always cut corners on other trips and save for Bora Bora for a few months/years.


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