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Bora Bora, French Polynesia Travel Information

According to politicsezine, Bora Bora is an island and atoll in the South Pacific Ocean (Oceania). Bora Bora is part of French Polynesia and the Society Islands. The capital of Bora Bora is Vaitape. A number of major cities on Bora Bora are: Nunue and Faanui.

Bora Bora is internationally known as one of the most beautiful places on earth. During the Second World War, the Americans established a base here. Nowadays the island is a travel destination par excellence, but only achievable by people with a large budget. Bora Bora is often visited by wealthy Westerners and newly married couples on their honeymoon. Tourists have a choice of a range of exclusive resorts, some with overwater bungalows. According to physicscat, Bora Bora consists of an extinct volcano of approximately 727 meters high. This volcano already gives an impressive sight from a great distance. On the edge of the impressive mountains are white sandy beaches. These beaches are mostly covered with palm trees. The shallow turquoise water is ideal for diving and snorkeling. It is one of the best dive sites in the world. This is because of the temperature of the water, the many corals and the wide variety of colorful fish species. There is also a reef and an associated lagoon around the island. The island has its own airport that can be reached from the main island of Tahiti.

Where is Bora Bora located?

Travel information of Bora Bora

Official name: Bora Bora
Continent: Oceania
Area: 29.3 km²
Capital: Vaitape
Country code: PF, PYF
Population: 10,605 inhabitants (2017)
Form of government: Overseas country of France
Highest point: 727 m (Mount Otemanu)
Distance (Amsterdam – Vaitape): 15,548 km
Flight time: approximately 19 hours

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Bora Bora may have (temporary) measures that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Bora Bora, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Bora Bora. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Bora Bora?

Weather and climate
Bora Bora has a tropical climate, with temperatures hovering around 30 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Bora Bora can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Bora Bora can be found at Climate info.

Best time
May, June, July, August, September and October are the best months to travel to Bora Bora. This avoids the prolonged rainy season.

Maohi (Tahitian) and French are both an official language on Bora Bora. In addition, more and more English is being spoken.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 3 months upon departure from Bora Bora.
A visa is not necessary if you stay on Bora Bora for less than 3 months.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in New Zealand (also for Bora Bora):
French Embassy in the Netherlands:
French consulates in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
It is advisable to get one or more vaccinations before visiting Bora Bora.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Money and Currency Affairs
Bora Bora is used to pay with the CFP franc (XPF).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page (under: French Pacific Islands Franc).
An overview of all ATMs on Bora Bora can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
The prices on Bora Bora are a lot higher than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is +39% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (22% more expensive), food (65% more expensive), imported beer in catering (16% cheaper), cigarettes (18% more expensive) and public transport (28% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Bora Bora it is unusual to tip. This can even be perceived as offensive.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 12 hours earlier on Bora Bora.
During our winter time it is 11 hours earlier on Bora Bora.
Bora Bora has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Bora Bora can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
On Bora Bora you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle on Bora Bora.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Bora Bora.

On Bora Bora you can use a Dutch flat plug.
A round plug must have a recess for the grounding pin present in the socket. You need a travel plug if your plug does not have such a recess.
More information about electricity on Bora Bora can be found on our electricity page (look under French Polynesia).

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 17
– Fire: 18
– Ambulance: 15

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News from Bora Bora
The latest news related to Bora Bora can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from French Polynesia (Bora Bora) can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Bora Bora end
Official Bora Bora website:

The country code (international access code) to call someone on Bora Bora is 00689 or +689.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Bora Bora? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Phone numbers can be found in the Bora Bora Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Bora Bora.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Bora Bora.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Bora Bora.

An overview of all public holidays on Bora Bora can be found on

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay on Bora Bora at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Bora Bora, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Bora Bora?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Bora Bora. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Bora Bora? On the VisaHQ website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported from Bora Bora.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant laws and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Bora Bora.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…The original name was Pora Pora (Tahitian: firstborn)?
…Bora Bora was discovered in 1722 by the Dutchman Jacob Roggeveen?
…There is no ‘B’ in the Tahitian alphabet?
…Bora Bora was an army base during World War II?
…Bora Bora is one of the most expensive tourist destinations in the world?

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