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Considered by many to be the world’s most beautiful island, and aptly nicknamed “the Pearl of the Pacific,” Bora Bora’s fabled lagoon and dramatic scenery offer an experience beyond the ordinary. Ask about adding extra nights on Bora Bora or a neighbor island.

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Overview

Chances are that if you were asked to draw your idea of a Pacific island, you might come up with a picture that looks like Bora Bora, which has rainforest covered peaks soaring more than 2,000 feet above a classic lagoon of blues and greens. The entire volcanic mass is surrounded by a ring of coral reef and tiny islets with lovely beaches and coconut trees. The island itself can be explored in a few hours; there are sweeping beaches in the south and ancient Polynesian temples hidden in the jungle. It's populated by 8,880 Polynesians who love to show visitors their treasured lagoon and its marine inhabitants. They also love to entertain visitors with music and dance. The island is a caldera, or collapsed volcano; Pofai Bay is the crater center, while the towering Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu are all that remain of the volcano walls.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights. For domestic flights within Tahiti, you are required to check in one hour prior to departure.

Required Documents: U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport and a ticket for return or onward travel. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens might be different, and visitors are encouraged to verify the documentation/visa requirements with the nearest consulate or embassy. Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require a marriage certificate or license in order for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring this information with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.com/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Airport Departure Tax: There is no departure tax to pay when leaving Tahiti.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to the U.S., the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit http://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens for information regarding U.S. Customs and more.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers’ tips, public announcements, travel advisories, and more, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Climate:
Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 83° to 85°
October through April: 84° to 87°

Tropical Storm Season from November to May

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink.

Local Currency: French Pacific Francs

Currency Information: For exchange and cash advances in CFP, banks can be found at Faa’a International Airport, in downtown Papeete and throughout the islands. Hotels also will exchange U.S. dollars for CFP. On the primary tourist islands, major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and boutiques.

ATM Availability: ATMs are becoming common throughout the islands, and are available at Faa’a International Airport and major banks. However, foreign cards may not be recognized.

Electricity: The voltage is 110 or 220 volts (60AC) depending on the islands and the type of accommodation. A universal adapter/converter is recommended.

Time Zone: Tahiti - French Polynesia Standard Time

Telephone Information: Direct dialing for local and international telephone calls is available from most hotels and from most public phone booths. Most hotels charge a fee for making phone calls. Please check prior to making any calls.

Local Language: French | Tahitian

Do Not Forget: Visitors are reminded to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, reef walking shoes, swimwear, insect repellent and after-bite medicine, personal prescriptions, a camera, film/memory card, an extra camera battery and a disposable underwater camera. During the rainy season, lightweight rainwear is advised.

Planner

Anytime is a good time to visit Bora Bora, because of its pleasant average temperature of 80° F. There are two basic seasons: the dry season from May to October (the Polynesian winter and busiest season) and the wet season from November to April (Polynesian summer). The wet season can be very humid, with heavy (but often short-lived) rain showers. The Tahiti Pearl Regatta, a yacht race around the Leeward Islands, occurs the second week of May, the month-long Heiva Festival is in July, and the Hawaiki Nui Canoe Race is in early November.

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Top Experiences

  • Round-the-Clock Romance : Bora Bora is a honeymooner's paradise. Its amazing beauty will get every marriage off to a great start; those in long-term relationships will fall in love all over again.

  • Fade to Blue : The sensationally beautiful lagoon, said to have seven shades of blue, has to be seen to be believed. When you fly in, you'll understand what we mean.

  • Bush Exploring : Take a bumpy four-wheel-drive trip up the mountainside for a sensational view of the lagoon and islands. Check out the old WWII guns along the way.

  • Underwater Magic  : Don a mask, snorkel, and flippers to see what lies beneath the watery blue. Advanced divers have both the lagoon and ocean to explore and many creatures to meet, though beginners will be able to mingle with manta rays as well.

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Activities

Make the most of your vacation by including an activity when you book your package. Please note, activities and tour credits are only available with a vacation package.

Lagoon Excursion and Picnic on a Motu

This full-day tour departs daily between 8:45 and 10 a.m. The duration of the tour is approximately six hours. Tour highlights include guided stingray and shark feeding, a visit to the Coral Gardens for snorkeling, a lagoon island tour, and a barbeque lunch on the motu.

Additional Information

Tour Details
Average Activity Level IconActivity Level: This tour requires an average level of fitness and mobility.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Tour Duration: Approximately 6 hours

Days of Operation:
  • Daily
  • Except: Saturday
Departs Between
  • 8:00   a.m. and 8:30   a.m.
Pick-Up Point(s)
  • Hotel reception
Suggested to Bring
  • Bottled water, sun protection and camera
Cancellation Policy
  • 100% non-refundable for no-shows or for cancellations within 48 hours
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Four-Wheel Drive Tour

The duration of the tour is approximately four hours. Please note: Throughout this tour, the terrain is bumpy and rough. Tour only applicable to those staying at the following resorts: Bora Bora Pearl Resort & Spa, InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort, Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island, Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora. Please note for guests staying at InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, boat transfers to the tour pickup location are an additional cost and are payable directly to the resort.

Additional Information

Tour Details
  • This tour is operated on rough terrain and requires a moderate level of fitness. It is not recommended for expectant mothers, individuals with heart or back conditions, or other restrictions.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Tour Duration: Approximately 3.5 - 4 hours

Days of Operation:
  • Daily
Departs Between
  • 8:30   a.m. and 9:00   a.m.
  • 1:30   p.m. and 2:00   p.m.
Pick-Up Point(s)
  • Hotel reception
Type of Vehicle(s)
  • Open-air Land Rover
Suggested to Bring
  • Bottled water, mosquito repellent and camera
Cancellation Policy
  • 100% non-refundable for no-shows or for cancellations within 48 hours
Additional Information
  • Minimum four passengers
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Shark and Ray Snorkel Safari

This half-day tour departs Monday through Saturday at 9:00 a.m. or 1 p.m. The duration of the tour is approximately four hours.

Additional Information

Tour Details
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Tour Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours

Days of Operation:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Except: July 14, December 25 and January 1
Departs Between
  • 12:00   p.m. and 1:00   p.m.
Pick-Up Point(s)
  • Hotel reception
Suggested to Bring
  • Bottled water, sun protection, towel and camera
Cancellation Policy
  • 100% non-refundable for no-shows or for cancellations within 48 hours
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Transfers

Region: Bora Bora
Transfer Company: Marama Tours
Telephone: 689-50-74-74

Address:
BP 6266
98702 Faa'a Center
Papeete, Tahiti
French Polynesia, 98702
Emergency Telephone: 50-74-74 (24 hours)
Instructions: Transfers in Tahiti are provided by Costco Travel’s ground operator, Marama Tours, which is based in Papeete, Tahiti. For assistance in Tahiti, please call Marama Tours.

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