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How to get to Bora Bora

Bora Bora is one of the leeward islands of the Society Islands in French Polynesia, around 270km northwest of Tahiti, and is easily accessible with daily international flights connecting through Papeete.

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Getting to Bora Bora

Bora Bora is one of the 120 islands that make up French Polynesia, which lie scattered across 2.5 million sq km of the South Pacific, 6,120km northwest of Sydney, Australia and 4,000km northwest of Auckland, New Zealand.

Air Tahiti Nui operate six flights daily from Papeete (Tahiti) to Bora Bora, with up to 11 flights a day in the high season (June to October).

From Australia: Air Tahiti and Qantas operate daily connecting flights via Auckland.

From New Zealand: Air Tahiti and Air New Zealand operate direct flights from Auckland.

From the UK: Air New Zealand and Air Tahiti are the most convenient flights from London.

From the USA: Air Tahiti and Air France operate daily flights direct from Los Angeles to Papeete. Hawaiian Airlines fly direct from Honolulu.

Flight time to Papeete, Tahiti


Brisbane to Tahiti is 20 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Tahiti is 10 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Tahiti is 10 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Tahiti is 15 hrs, 40 min with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to Tahiti is 4 hrs 55 min, direct flight
London to Tahiti is 21 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Tahiti is 16 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Tahiti is 8 hrs 20 min, direct flight
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flight time to Bora Bora

Bora Bora is 45 min from Papeete, 15 min from Moorea, 20 min from Huahine and 1 hr 30 min from Rangiroa. Tip: Sit on the left side of the aircraft to get the best scenic views of Bora Bora.

Getting around

Land - The ‘Le Truk’ open-air bus circles the island and can be hailed anywhere; it is cheap and an easy way to get around Bora Bora. However, of late the service has a reputation for being irregular. Hire cars, scooters and taxis are available. Some resorts offer bicycles for free or to rent. Traffic drives on the right.

Water - Boats, kayaks and jet-skis are available for hire to explore the lagoon.

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