Is Bora Bora expensive?

Is Bora Bora Expensive? Cost Breakdown & Budget Options

IS BORA BORA EXPENSIVE? How much does it cost to spend a week in Bora Bora?

We’ll help you decide what it would take to afford a trip to paradise. 

While it’s true that staying in Bora Bora can be expensive, and it is for most people, there are also budget-friendly options available for travelers who want to experience the island without spending a fortune.  

We spent a few months living in French Polynesia, so you can be sure that you are getting relevant information from personal experience while breaking down the cost of a week in Bora Bora. 

Laura Sitting On A Palm Tree In French Polynesia in Bora Bora.

From flights to accommodation and dining, we’ll break down what you can expect to pay during your stay in Bora Bora so you can plan your trip accordingly. Then we will give some additional tips for how to save a little extra money in Bora Bora.

Is Bora Bora An Expensive Place To Visit?

Generally speaking, it is considered an expensive destination with prices that rival those of other luxury destinations such as Hawaii or the Caribbean. The most expensive part of your trip will be the flights and accommodation, while the costs of tours and food can be as cheap or expensive as you make it. 

The cost of a trip to Bora Bora can vary dramatically due to the opportunity for ultra-luxurious travel. Some rooms can set you back $15,000 per night, then charge you an additional $60-100 per entree at the hotel restaurant. 

But there are also casual restaurants and cheaper villas for people who don’t need luxury. These more affordable villas are less than $100 per night and include free snorkeling equipment to enjoy the lagoon.

How Much Will A Trip To Bora Bora Cost?
Full Breakdown

A trip to Bora Bora costs between $2,500 – 20,000 for one week. The prices fluctuate a lot depending on the type of accommodation you choose, the activities you choose, and the time of year you want to travel. 

For example, visiting Bora Bora during the off-season (December-March) means that resorts and tour companies may have discounts on their premier packages. 

How much do flights to Bora Bora cost?

Overall, getting to your final destination in Bora Bora is relatively easy. There are direct flights to Tahiti from Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S.A.

Flights from these countries are significantly cheaper than flights to Bora Bora from Europe, Asia, South America, or Africa. 

Here is a breakdown of the cost of flights to Bora Bora:

  • Los Angelos, U.S.A to Bora Bora = $550 – $1000 
  • Auckland, New Zealand to Bora Bora = $600 – $1300
  • Sydney, Australia to Bora Bora = $905 – $1500
  • London, U.K. to Bora Bora = $1,500 – $2,000
  • Singapore to Bora Bora = $1,800 – $3000
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Bora Bora = $2000 – $2,500

⭐️ Total Cost of Flights in Bora Bora = $1,500 – 4,000 ⭐️

*One exception is flying from France – Bora Bora. French Polynesia was once a colony of France and continues to have close relations with them. Therefore flights can be surprisingly affordable (less than $1000 roundtrip) sometimes between the two countries.

How much does it cost to stay in Bora Bora?

The hotels in Bora Bora range from one extreme to the other. You can find luxurious resorts for $10,000/night, all the way to local villas that charge just $100 per night. 

Sofitel Resort in French Polynesia - a more expensive option for a Bora Bora trip.

At the end of the day, you get what you pay for, but you can certainly find somewhere nice to stay on any travel budget. Here is one of the best places to stay for each budget.

📍St. Regis Bora Bora Resort ($$$)
9.5/10 (46 Reviews) 

➡️ Recommended room: Overwater Superior Villa: Lagoon View ⬅️

St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is one of the premier beachfront resorts in the area, with lush gardens, luxurious Polynesian decor, two pools, two bars, four restaurants, and a day spa for guests to enjoy. It is located on the islet of Motu Piti A’au, just 15 minutes by boat from Vaitape, and has insane views of Mount Otemanu from the overwater bungalows. The restaurants here have some of the best international cuisine in Bora Bora, as well as an Asian fusion and sushi restaurant. 

Guests can also use snorkeling and windsurfing equipment at no extra cost, along with beach cabanas and private dining gazebos in select villas. 

📍Maitai Bora Bora ($$)
8.1/10 (237 reviews)

➡️ Recommended Room: King Room with Ocean View ⬅️

Maitai Bora Bora is a great mid-range choice for travelers looking for a memorable vacation without spending more than a few hundred dollars each night on accommodation. 

This resort has no overwater bungalows, but it offers clean and comfortable rooms just a few steps away from the beach. Many of them have a view of the ocean and surrounding islets. 

Since the resort is on the main island, there are many casual restaurants and small mini-marts nearby, so you can also save money on food.

📍Sunset Hill Lodge ($)
8.4/10 (224 reviews)

➡️ Recommended Room: Studio with Sea View ⬅️

The Sunset Hill Lodge is one of the few places to stay in Bora Bora that are just over $100/night. 

It’s a much different experience than the overwater bungalow resorts, but at Sunset Hill Lodge, you can get a very affordable, comfortable, clean apartment in Bora Bora. 

This lodge has a few different apartments available for its guests. The studio apartments are great for couples on a budget, and families can book apartments that house up to six adults. Each apartment has a refrigerator, stove, microwave, and private bathrooms.

⭐️ Total Cost of Accommodation in Bora Bora = $2,300 – $15,000 ⭐️

How much does it cost to eat in Bora Bora?

Like everything in Bora Bora, the cost of food highly depends on where you go. If you dine at the resorts, expect to pay a minimum of $50 per plate. 

On the mainland, however, you can find roadside eateries and casual restaurants for average western prices ($10-15 per plate). 

The nice thing about the cuisine in Bora Bora is that there is a lot of variety. You can find French restaurants, traditional Polynesian food, International dishes, Asian fusion, and seafood. 

👉 For a cheap meal, there are many snack shacks selling burgers, hot dogs, Poisson Cru, omelets, and more. Some of the best cheap eats on the island are Snack Matiri, Snack Otomanu, and 

👉 Mid-range restaurants ($20-40 per plate) include Bora Bora Beach Club, Lucky House, and Aloe Cafe. 

👉 And if you are in the mood for a special, romantic dinner, the best options on the island are: La Villa Mahana, St. James Bora Bora, Matira Beach Restaurant, or the crown favorite, Bloody Mary’s. 

⭐️ Total Cost of Dining in Bora Bora = $500 – $1,500 ⭐️

Are activities expensive in Bora Bora?

Activities in Bora Bora are definitely expensive. There are no truly “cheap” excursions on the island except for snorkeling and hiking. Most tours will cost $100-300 per person. 

There are lots of activities in Bora Bora that are not expensive.

Here is a rough estimate of what tours cost in Bora Bora: 

⭐️ Total Cost of Excursions in Bora Bora = $500 – $1,200 ⭐️

Best Things To Do In Bora Bora

Many people looking into a trip to Bora Bora are primarily excited to relax at the resort and spend a few days off the grid, but there are so many cool things to do in Bora Bora.

✅ Take a Sunset Catamaran Cruise

A Catamaran cruise is one of the most romantic things to do in Bora Bora, AND it’s relatively affordable at only $150. It is a bucket-list experience you should try to do if you have the budget. On the tour, you and your partner will sail around the island on a private catamaran, watch the sunset, and enjoy sparkling wine and snacks with your significant other. 

➡️ Book a Catamaran Sunset Cruise ⬅️

ATV Quad Tour

When you venture inland in Bora Bora, travelers find scenic mountaintops, rugged jungles, and local flora/fauna. One of the best ways to explore the island is on an off-road ATV tour. There are basic ATV tours that last a couple of hours or full-day excursions that combine the ATVs with Jet-skiing and a Polynesian BBQ lunch 

✅ Explore the Vibrant Marine Life

Snorkeling is a relatively inexpensive way to enjoy a day in Bora Bora. Most people book a snorkeling tour, but you can also rent your own equipment and explore the lagoons near your resort. Some more luxurious ways to see the underwater world is by joining a “Helmet Dive Seawalk” or taking a scuba diving trip around the lagoon.

4WD Private Island Safari

This Jeep Tour with Vavau 4×4 Adventures is one of the best ways to see the island. The open-air truck circles the island in 4 hours, stopping at multiple scenic lookouts, including the historical military remnants of WWII at Faanui Canon. This tour also teaches guests about the local Polynesian culture with a guided tour of a tropical fruit plantation and a demonstration by a local artist.

Tips For Visiting Bora Bora On A Budget

There are some ways you can be intentional about saving money in Bora Bora. Our top tips include cooking your own food, staying longer to negotiate a cheaper rate on an apartment, or choosing free activities rather than hiring a guide

While There Isn't Uber in French Polynesia, You Can Rent A Bike - and that is not expensive, even in Bora Bora.

✔️ Cook for yourself

If you want to save on food costs, consider cooking for yourself. Groceries at the local markets are so much cheaper than dining at the restaurants in Bora Bora. 

Book a room with a kitchenette, and you can decide to buy groceries and cook a few of your own meals. The best local grocery stores around the island are Tiare Market, Super U To’a Amok, and Chin Lee Market. 

All these grocery stores are on the main island, so if you are staying at a resort on one of the surrounding islets, you will need to catch a ferry shuttle to Vaitape to get groceries. 

✔️ Stay for a month

Staying in Bora Bora for a month or longer can be much cheaper than shorter stays. Some hotels and resorts will offer discounted rates for extended stays, but if not, there are plenty of places you can rent on Airbnb for a month.

Not all Airbnbs are affordable, but you can find beautiful villas on Airbnb equipped with a full kitchen, terrace, internet, and air-conditioning for as little as $6000/month. 

If this isn’t an option, consider renting an apartment or house instead of staying in a hotel.

✔️ Explore the island without a tour guide

Another way to save money in Bora Bora is to explore the island on your own. This excludes you from certain excursions like Jet skis and ATVs, but there are many hiking trails around the island, public beaches to enjoy, and beautiful reefs right offshore. 

Visiting Bora Bora: FAQs

Visiting Bora Bora is an exciting experience, and it’s even possible to plan a budget-friendly trip to the island!

Here are the answers to some more questions that frequently come up while planning a trip to Bora Bora. 

Is Bora Bora or the Maldives cheaper?

Bora Bora is usually cheaper than the Maldives. The biggest reason is that it is easier to get to, and interisland transportation is significantly more affordable. There are also more budget-friendly villas and homestays in Bora Bora, where you can save money on accommodation.  

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Is Bora Bora worth it?

Yes, Bora Bora is definitely worth it. It offers a beautiful natural landscape that is hard to find anywhere else in the world! The beaches are pristine, the snorkeling is incredible, and there are excursions tailored specifically for couples on a romantic holiday.

How much is a trip to Bora Bora for a week?

The average cost for two adults to spend seven days in Bora Bora is between $5,000 and $22,000. There is really no upper limit, with rooms as expensive as 15,000 per night, but for budget travelers, it is challenging to stay under 5,000 for the week (including flights).

Is Bora Bora safe?

Yes, Bora Bora is safe to visit. The locals are very friendly and welcoming. Of course, it’s always important to take the usual safety precautions, like locking your doors at night and staying aware of your surrounding in case of pickpocketing, but serious crime is rare.

How much does an all-inclusive trip to Bora Bora cost?

Since Club Med closed in 2009, there have been no more all-inclusive resorts in Bora Bora.

Truly all-inclusive resorts include all three meals, amenities, most drinks, and spa treatments for the price of a room. 

The closest thing you will find in Bora Bora is a resort that offers half-board (free buffet breakfast). Also, resorts will occasionally offer honeymoon packages that include a couple of meals, spa treatments, and a snorkeling tour. 

Another popular option is to book a Flight+Stay ticket on Expedia.

Walking Down The Streets In French Polynesia With Cloudy Skies.

The Wrap-Up: Is Bora Bora Expensive?

Bora Bora can be extremely expensive, but it can also be modified to fit any budget, even someone with just a few thousand dollars to spend on their trip.

With the right strategies in place, you can save a lot of money on your vacation to Bora Bora by following these tips. From booking a room at budget-friendly resorts to cooking yourself and choosing more affordable excursions—there are plenty of ways to save money in Bora Bora.

Using this information, you can determine how expensive a trip to Bora Bora will be according to your travel style and make adjustments to make your dream vacation a reality. 

And if you’re looking for other islands that have the same tropical vibe and overwater bungalows (some of which are cheaper) check out our list of top places comparable to Bora Bora.