If you book a flight to Bora Bora, the chances are that you will actually get a plane to the capital of French Polynesia, Papeete on glorious Tahiti, and from there you will catch an Air Tahiti flight to tiny Bora Bora Airport. Bora Bora Airport itself is actually on Motu Mete (Motu Mute) Islet, which lies in the sea north of the tourist destination. This means getting a boat for the final leg of your journey to the island paradise. It may sound like a lot of hassle to get to your island holiday, but for many, the journey is an important part of the magic of this beautiful place.
When you approach the Society Islands by air, the staggering clarity of the blue seas that surround Bora Bora, Tahiti, Moorea and the other islands in the group is breath-taking. Each islet and atoll is ringed by concentric circles running from deep azure furthest out through to pale turquoise where the waters lapping at the land are at their most shallow. The hop from Papeete to Bora Bora Airport is only 45 minutes and gives you an incredible view of the island as you come in to land. Finally, the boat trip to Bora Bora itself gives another layer of excitement to your arrival.
Bora Bora Flights
It is possible to get flights to Bora Bora from Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney and a surprising number of airlines fly to the French Polynesian jewel. Both Qantas and Air New Zealand have regular Bora Bora flights, but so do American Airlines, South America's LAN Airlines and Tahiti's Air Tahiti Nui. Indeed, Air Tahiti Nui , French Polynesia's charter airline, runs a number of services in conjunction with other airlines such as Qantas, Air New Zealand and Air Tahiti and operates 2 flights every Saturday and Monday from Sydney.
If you are travelling to Bora Bora from Perth, the flight takes approximately 11 hours and 30 minutes. From Melbourne, the trip takes around 8 and a half hours, whilst from Sydney it is about 7 hours and 30 minutes. Add to that the short connecting flight from Papeete to Bora Bora Airport and then the quick boat ride over to the island and it means that you can leave Australia in the morning and be relaxing in your fabulous over-water bungalow with the warm, brilliant blue waters of the Pacific Ocean tickling your feet by mid to late afternoon. Not bad!
Bora Bora Weather
Bora Bora, like the other Society Islands, has a tropical climate and has a dry and a wet season. The dry seasons runs from May – October and with temperatures from 24-28 degrees C and little rain, this is the peak season for Bora Bora tourism.
In contrast, the wet season, which goes from November to April, is also pleasant temperature-wise (27-30 degrees C), but there is high humidity and there can be a lot of rain and tropical storms, including cyclones. The upside of this, is that is you are willing to take a gamble on the weather, booking your Bora Bora holiday during the quieter part of the year can mean some good package deals, as well as less people on the beach.