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Pacific islands are open to international tourism

Most countries in the Pacific Islands region (Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia) are open to general tourism. The governments resumed the issuance of tourist visas, and airlines reopened their international routes to such popular destinations as Bora Bora, Hawaii, Tahiti, FijiNew Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Samoa.

Cook Islands, New Caledonia, Niue, and Vanuatu have lifted all travel restrictions for arrivals. There is no mandatory quarantine or health testing for all visitors – regardless of their vaccination status. French Polynesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Solomon Islands, and Tonga may still require proof of vaccination and/or a negative Covid test result to be presented on arrival.

However, the regulations may change at short notice, depending on the situation – always check the official websites before booking a flight to Pacific Islands.

Arriving in Bora Bora

  • If you are flying to Bora Bora from abroad, you will most likely land at one of its biggest international airportsits main international airportBora Bora Airport BOB, also known as Motu Mute Airport, located on the motu (islet) of Motu Mute. However, as there are no direct flights to Bora Bora, you must first fly into Faa'a International Airport in Papeete on the main island of Tahiti, then take a 50-minute flight to Bora Bora with Air Tahiti.

    Bora Bora Airport is a relatively small airport – because of its short (1500 m / 5,000 feet) runway, it can only accommodate luxury private jets and smaller aircraft such as the ATR-42 (48 seats) and ATR-72 (70 seats) turboprop used by Air Tahiti. It also has limited facilities - among the available services are a snack bar, souvenir shops, and a newsagent.

    A boat ride is required (no taxis!) to get from the airport to the final destination; most luxury hotels in Bora Bora provide their own transport between the airport and the hotel (it is recommended to book the resort transfer in advance). Booking a private transfer online is also a good option, as the cost of such transfers is usually significantly lower than the fees charged by resorts. Boats are stationed outside the airport and are identified with resort names for easy identification by guests. Unless you took a cruise or ferry, you would arrive at Bora Bora with Air Tahiti – the airline offers convenient free shuttle boat service to the village of Vaitape on the main island aboard the Bora Bora Navette (the crossing takes approximately 20 minutes). Your Air Tahiti ticket entitles you to use the shuttle before the departure and after the arrival of your flight

    These are also the best (and the cheapest) airports to fly into Bora Bora. As they are used by many airlines serving the same routes, the competition for passengers is fierce – with decreased airfare as a result.
  • Once in Bora Bora, take advantage of frequent intercity flights operated by domestic airlines such as Air Tahiti, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Moana, and Mana Otter. Those in-country carriers typically offer lower fares, operate from smaller airports located closer to city centers (you save on ground transportation), and provide flexible schedules – with a wide range of departure times.
  • Planning to explore the region? Popular destinations near Bora Bora can be easily reached with regional low-cost carriers (LCCs) by the likes of Air Tahiti, Aircalin, Air Raratonga, and French Bee. If you have a layover in Bora Bora and plan to fly only a short distance to one of its neighboring countries, these budget airlines are an excellent way to save money. However, the “no-frills” carrier may not provide free checked baggage allowance, complimentary food, in-flight entertainment systems, and fast customer support. You may not even get to choose your seats, unless you pay extra.

Airports of Bora Bora

Best airports to fly into Bora Bora: Bora Bora Airport  (BOB)
Bora Bora has one international airport – Bora Bora Airport BOB, also known as Motu Mute Airport. The airport has been built on a strip of flat land on Motu Mute islet (one of the small barrier islands that form a ring around Bora Bora Lagoon), north of the main island of Bora Bora.
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Airlines flying to Bora BoraAir Tahiti
Airlines flying to TahitiAircalin, Air Caraïbes, Air France, Air New Zealand, Air Raratonga, Air Tahiti, Amelia International, Air Tahiti Nui, Delta Air Lines, French Bee, Hawaiian Airlines, LATAM, Qantas, United Airlines
Airlines based in French PolynesiaAir Tahiti, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Moana, Mana Otter
Airports in Bora BoraBora Bora Airport (BOB) — Motu Mute, Bora Bora
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ €1200 – €1500 (from Europe)
✈ $700 – $1000 (from USA)
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Connecting from Tahiti flight to Bora Bora flight

There are no direct flights to Bora Bora. When traveling to Bora Bora from other parts of the world, travelers must first fly into Papeete’s Faa’a International Airport PPT on the main island of Tahiti. Airlines such as Air New Zealand, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Air France, Air Tahiti Nui, French Bee, and LATAM operate direct flights to Tahiti from different parts of the world including Europe, the Americas, and Asia Pacific.

Upon arrival in Papeete, after clearing Tahiti airport immigration and picking up luggage, passengers will have to transfer to an inter-island flight, operated by Air Tahiti (the only airline that serves this route) for a 50-minute flight to Bora Bora. It is essential to note that Air Tahiti is different from Air Tahiti Nui, the main airline of French Polynesia, which operates international flights to Tahiti. Air Tahiti recommends a minimum of two hours for transfer between international and domestic flights.

Air Tahiti operates more than 10 flights daily from Tahiti to Bora Bora with extra flights added during peak season in July and August. About half of them are direct flights, and others are flights with a short 20-minute layover (you don’t need to change aircraft) on the nearby islands of Raiatea and Huahine. The last flight leaves at 5:25 pm and arrives in Bora Bora at 6:15 pm. The average cost of a direct flight from Tahiti to Bora Bora is around $250 (A$350 / €230).

Island hopping in French Polynesia

French Polynesia, located in the Pacific Ocean, covers an area as large as Western Europe and consists of 118 islands spread across 5 distinct island groups. Due to the considerable distance between islands, flying is the most efficient way of island hopping. The aerial views from the plane are sure to be some of the most stunning you’ll ever experience!

Tahiti and Bora Bora islands lie among the Society Islands group. The islands nearby are easiest to get to and provide more accommodation choices – so the other Society Islands such as Moorea, Raiatea, Tahaa, Maupiti, and Huahine are great choices for quick island hopping. The Tuamotu Archipelago, located further out, boasts scenic islands such as Tikehau, Fakarava, and Rangiro. The Marquesas, Gambier, and Austral island groups are even more remote, offering a more secluded experience for those seeking less tourist activity. You’ll likely have these untouched islands all to yourself.

Bora Bora and French Polynesia archipelagos: 5 island groups
A comparison of the five main island groups in French Polynesia (Society, Tuamotu, Marquesas, Gambier, and Austral Islands) to the map of Europe

Air Tahiti is the only inter-island carrier connecting the island groups in French Polynesia. Flights depart from Bora Bora Airport and Faa’a Airport in the capital of Papeete on Tahiti. 47 islands are accessible, with popular destinations having flights 3-5 times a week and less frequent service to more remote islands. Flight times range from 1 hour to 3 hours, with the shortest flights serving the Tuamotu Atolls and the longest reaching the Marquesas Islands.

Secure the best view on your flight to Bora Bora

The experience of arriving in Bora Bora by plane is elevated by the stunning views of shimmering blue lagoons and distinct landscapes from above. On all its flights from Papeete to Bora Bora, Air Tahiti operates with an open seating policy, allowing passengers to choose their desired seats.

For an awe-inspiring view of the islands upon arrival in Bora Bora, try to secure a window seat on the left side of the aircraft (when boarding from the rear). These seats offer a stunning panoramic view of the islands, including Tahaa, Huahine, Raiatea, and the beautiful Bora Bora itself, as you approach the airport.

There are only twelve window seats on the left side of ATR-42 aircraft and nineteen on ATR-72, so make sure to arrive at the airport early enough to ensure you’re in the front of the boarding queue.

If you happen to be seated on the right side of the aircraft, don’t fret. You can still take in the sights of Maupiti and Tetriaroa in the distance. Upon landing, the plane will make a U-turn, providing you with a fleeting yet up-close view of the breathtaking Mt. Otemanu and the Bora Bora island just before you land.

When leaving Bora Bora, sit on the right side for your last glimpse of the island.

Please note that wind conditions may occasionally necessitate a change in the flight path. This may result in a landing approach from a different direction. During the boarding, just ask the flight crew which side of the plane will provide the best views.

Get Multi-Island Pass to save on flights

Air Tahiti offers Multi-Island Passes for travelers who wish to explore multiple islands within the same archipelago, offering special, discounted fares.

For example, Bora Bora Pass allows flying to the islands of Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Bora Bora, and Maupiti and costs €434.90/€469.30 (low season/high season).

The Air Tahiti Pass is valid for 28 days.

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Flights to Bora Bora from United States and Canada

  • There are no direct flights from the US or Canada to Bora Bora. However, most major hubs in Asia have non-stop flights to Bora Bora, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop. There are no direct flights from US or Canada to Bora Bora. All international flights to Bora Bora land at Faa'a International Airport PPT in Papeete on Tahiti island first - you can fly direct with United Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Air Tahiti Nui, and FrenchBee from San Francisco SFO, Los Angeles LAX, Seattle SEA and Honolulu HNL. Currently, there are no direct flights from Canada to Tahiti.

    In Tahiti you'll need to transfer to a connecting domestic flight to reach Bora Bora. Local carrier Air Tahiti is the only airline that serves the route from Tahiti to Bora Bora with more than 10 daily flights lasting 50 minutes (cost one-way around $250).
  • Bora Bora is well-served via one-stop flights from North America. Flights to Bora Bora with one layover depart from most major North American airports, including Atlanta ATL, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Las Vegas DFW, Miami MIA, Seattle SEA, Houston IAH, New York JFK, and San Francisco SFO in the United States and Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Calgary LAS, and Montreal YUL in Canada.
  • The best airlines to fly to Bora Bora from the US and Canada are: Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines, and Air Tahiti Nui. They are top full-service carriers, offering exceptional customer service, in-flight comfort, a generous checked baggage allowance, and reliable customer support channels – all included in the ticket price.
  • For long-haul flights, the type of aircraft you choose can make a huge difference to your overall comfort on board – especially if you’re flying economy. The best aircraft have comfier seats with more legroom, WiFi, superior entertainment systems, and a better passenger experience in every cabin in general. When booking a flight to Bora Bora, look for the airlines that use wide-body planes designed for long-haul flights, such as Airbus A350 (best choice), A380, A320neo, or Boeing 767, 777, and 787 Dreamliner.

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The cheapest time to fly to Bora Bora

The shoulder season – April, May and November – tends to be the best time to fly to Bora Bora. It combines the best weather and rates for flights and accommodation due to lower demand. The tropical weather is pleasantly warm, and there are fewer tourists as the vacationers from Europe and America are waiting for the summer season.

The low season – from December to March (excluding days around Christmas and New Year) – is definitely the cheapest time to fly to Bora Bora. if you’re looking to travel on a tight budget, don’t mind the unpredictable rainy season and hot and humid weather, you will be rewarded with the lowest airfares and hotel prices. Additionally, flying on midweek days is usually cheaper than weekend travel.

The high tourist season in Bora Bora starts in June and lasts until the end of October. These are the busiest months in Bora Bora when the weather is dryer, there is less humidity in the air, and water temperatures are cooler. Get ready for tourist crowds and sky-high prices for flights and hotels. If you plan to visit Bora Bora during these months, it is essential to book well ahead (at least 9 months in advance).

Know your time zone

When checking flights and airport transfer times, ensure you know the local time zones. The departure/arrival times on your plane ticket and boarding pass are based on the time zone of the departure/arrival airport – this also applies to the connecting (layover) airports.

French Polynesia spans across the Pacific Ocean and includes multiple islands, each with its own unique geography and longitude. To accommodate this, this French overseas territory uses three separate time zones to reflect the local time on each island accurately: Tahiti Time Zone (UTC-10), Marquesas Islands Time Zone (UTC-9:30) and Gambier Islands Time Zone (UTC-9). These time zones do not have an associated daylight saving time.

Bora Bora observes Tahiti Time Zone (UTC-10) all year. As a result, clocks in Bora Bora are 21 hours behind Sydney, 10 hours behind London and 5 hours behind New York.

When you board the plane, adjust your watch to the local time of the destination – subconsciously orienting yourself to the new time will help you to reduce the jetlag a bit.

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Flights to Bora Bora with stopover

Direct flights to Bora Bora are, of course, much less hassle than flights that require one or more connections. However, they tend to be more expensive. In a trade-off between convenience and cost, the best option is often to opt for a flight with one layover.

So if you’re looking at a long-haul trip with at least one connection, rather than simply transiting an airport, why not take this opportunity to plan a longer stopover? A stopover is a prolonged layover — more than 24 hours — and it won’t only break up your long journey but will also become a legitimate part of your vacation. If you’re prone to severe jet lag, a one or two-day stopover would help minimize its adverse effects.

When booking flights, many airlines allow you to include a free stopover en route to your final destination in Bora Bora. Those flights are usually cheaper than non-stop (direct) flights, and you can often choose your stopover at no additional cost — just by looking for multi-city flights with longer layovers.

Big cities in Asia and Pacific are known for their rich culture and history — making them a great idea for a stopover during a longer journey. Here are a few suggestions for a stopover while en route to Bora Bora.

Some airlines openly advertise stopovers and offer significant discounts and travel perks for passengers to break up their trips: free luxury hotel stays, complimentary domestic flights, or exclusive rates for activities. Start checking for stopover deals to Bora Bora with government-owned airlines (as they are looking to attract tourists to give the country economic benefits) — such as Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Malaysia Airlines. Almost every airline’s website has multi-city search functionality, often hidden inside the one-way/return/multi-city switch.

A well-chosen stopover will not only turn one vacation into many but also save you several hundred dollars in airfare. The available stopovers to Bora Bora will depend on your initial destination (Europe, North America, Asia, etc) and the airline you are flying with. For most airlines, the best free stopover offer will be at their main hub.

Flights to Bora Bora from UK, Germany, France, Netherlands and other countries in Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Bora Bora — you’ll need to get a connecting flight from elsewhere in the Middle East or in Asia. There are no direct flights from Europe to Bora Bora. All international flights to Bora Bora land at Faa'a International Airport PPT in Papeete on Tahiti island first - you can fly there direct with Air France from Paris CDG.

    In Tahiti you'll need to transfer to a connecting domestic flight to reach Bora Bora. Local carrier Air Tahiti is the only airline that serves the route from Tahiti to Bora Bora with more than 10 daily flights lasting 50 minutes (cost one-way around €230).
  • Airlines that frequently fly from the UK, Germany, France, and other European countries to Bora Bora include AirCaraibes, Air France, American Airlines, and Air Tahiti Nui.
  • Consider departure airports in neighboring countries to increase your chance of spotting the best deal. Especially look for large airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines. For example, if you live in Western Europe, check air tickets to Bora Bora from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome. Use European low-cost airlines such as RyanAir, EasyJet, and Eurowings to fly to the hub, then save hundreds of euros by taking a cheaper long-haul flight to your final destination.

    We recommend checking prices for flights to Bora Bora from these European airport hubs: London LHR and Manchester MAN in the United Kingdom, Frankfurt FRA and Munich MUC in Germany, Paris CDG and Nice NCE in France, Amsterdam AMS in the Netherlands, Madrid MAD and Barcelona BCN in Spain, Rome FCO and Milano MXP in Italy, Brussels BRU in Belgium, Copenhagen OSL in Denmark, Oslo OSL in Norway, Stockholm ARN in Sweden, Zurich ZRH in Switzerland, Lisbon LIS in Portugal, Vienna VIE in Austria, Warsaw WAW in Poland, Prague PRG in Czech Republic, and Dublin DUB in Ireland.

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Google Flights then showcases various options for booking the deal: you can almost always book directly with the airline (by cutting out the middleman) or – alternatively – with an OTA that offers the same flight at a similar price. Once you have chosen your booking option, you will be redirected to the external website where you can finalize your ticket purchase.

One of Google Flights’ standout features is a color-coded bar that appears underneath the booking options. It provides a visual representation of the price in comparison to the typical fare (for the same route, class, and airline) – indicating whether it is lower, average, or higher.

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Last-minute flights to Bora Bora. The real cost of convenience.

Last-minute flights are often touted as a great way to save money, but the reality is far from it. Booking last-minute flights to Bora Bora almost always never works out. The convenience of being able to book a flight on the fly is a dangerous game of chance, and you will most likely end up paying significantly higher than booking in advance.

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Late booking penalty: The flight prices rise as departure draws near. Last-minute flights are almost always more expensive than booking in advance.

The common perception may be that airlines decrease ticket prices to fill empty seats as the departure date approaches. However, the truth is that airfares depend on demand. Based on years of research and current customer data, the airlines know what people are willing to pay for specific flights and dates. They are also well aware that people are willing to pay a premium for flights they need to take immediately. To make the most money, the airline will sell its cheapest fares first and then increase the prices right before the flight to take advantage of business travelers and others who are willing to pay the premium price for late booking.

Occasionally, airlines can put some seats on sale to fill the remaining seats, but these are for unusual times and unpopular places. Popular destinations and dates around peak travel times tend to sell out quickly.

Planning ahead is key to securing a good deal on your flight. Last-minute flight deals are hard to come by, so as soon as you have a tentative travel timeline, book your flight. The earlier you book, the more likely you are to save money. If you are looking for a good deal, the best time to book your flight to Bora Bora is around 60-90 days before the departure date.

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Domestic air travel from Bora Bora

Most domestic routes in French Polynesia are operated by local airlines. When traveling to popular tourist destinations such as Tahiti, Moorea, Fakarava, Huahine, Raiatea, Maupiti from Bora Bora Airport, you’ll be flying with one of these domestic air transport companies: Air Tahiti, Air Tahiti Nui, Air Moana, and Mana Otter. In most cases, it is the best (the fastest, the most convenient, and the cheapest) way to travel around the country.

If you plan to fly domestically from Bora Bora check the latest prices here, then book your flight ticket online.

Flights to Bora Bora from Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia and New Zealand are well-connected with popular Asian destinations, including Bora Bora. In addition to domestic airlines – Qantas, Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia, and Air New Zealand – routes from Australia/New Zealand to Asia are operated by large regional carriers such as ANA, Emirates, Etihad, Fiji Airways, Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airlines.

    Direct flights and flights with one layover to Bora Bora are available from all major airports in Australia – Sydney SYD, Brisbane BNE, Melbourne MEL, Perth PER, Adelaide ADL, Cairns CNS, Gold Coast OOL, Canberra CBR, and in New Zealand – Auckland AKL, Wellington WLG, Christchurch CHC, Queenstown ZQN, Dunedin DUD.
  • In terms of cost-savings, we recommend flying from Australia and New Zealand to a major Asian hub and then booking a flight to your final destination in Bora Bora with a regional budget airline. Among the low-cost airlines that fly into Bora Bora are Air Tahiti, Aircalin, Air Raratonga, and French Bee.

    Currently, there are no direct flights from Australia or New Zealand to Bora Bora. You’ll need a layover in one of the major hubs in Asia.
    There are no direct flights from Australia or New Zealand to Bora Bora. All international flights to Bora Bora land at Faa'a International Airport PPT in Papeete on Tahiti island first - you can fly there direct with Air New Zealand and Qantas from Auckland AKL. Currently, there are no direct flights from Australia to Tahiti.

    In Tahiti you'll need to transfer to a connecting domestic flight to reach Bora Bora. Local carrier Air Tahiti is the only airline that serves the route from Tahiti to Bora Bora with more than 10 daily flights lasting 50 minutes (cost one-way around $250).

Prices of flights to Bora Bora from Australia and New Zealand

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Get cheaper business class by bidding on airline upgrades

A growing number of airlines are auctioning upgrades to their business class seats. Once you book your economy ticket to Bora Bora, you can offer to pay a bit more in an attempt to get a premium seat. 2-3 days before your flight, visit the airline website and place a “blind” bid for an upgrade by providing your Booking Reference number.

There’s usually a minimum bid amount. If you win the auction, you’ll be informed by email, and your seat will be upgraded.

Among the airlines that allow bidding for seat upgrades are: Air Canada (AC Bid), Air New Zealand (OneUp), Cathay Pacific (Upgrade Bid), Etihad Airways (Bid To Upgrade), Fiji Airways (Bula Bid), Garuda Indonesia (BidUpgrade), Hawaiian Airlines (Bid Up), LATAM (Cabin Upgrade),  Lufthansa (Bid Upgrade), Royal Jordanian (Go Crown), Qantas (Bid Now), SAS (SAS Upgrade), Singapore Airlines (mySQupgrade), SriLankan Airlines, and Virgin Australia (UpgradeMe).

Why should you book an early morning flight to Bora Bora

It is a seemingly simple but often overlooked strategy: fly at dawn for smoother travel and cheaper tickets. Booking an early morning flight to Bora Bora can pay off in numerous ways:

  1. Cheaper airfares. Early morning flights – between 4 am and 8 am – are usually cheaper than other day schedules. Airlines often offer discounts on their first flight of the morning (up to 15-20%) simply because of lower demand – most people are not willing to go to the airport so early.
  2. Lower chance of delay. The thin traffic in the morning leads to fewer delays – all the flights from the night before have already landed, and there is no other air traffic to contend with. Air traffic and delays get worse throughout the day – starting around 8-10 am and reaching a peak at 4-6 pm. If you are flying to Bora Bora with a connecting flight, arriving on time at your layover airport may be critical to catching your next flight!
  3. Fewer crowds at the airport. By heading to the airport before rush hour, you can at least halve the time spent in city traffic. With fewer travelers at the airport, there will be no long lines at the check-in and security, and waiting areas will be less crowded.

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    Taking an early morning flight is the best way to avoid crowds at the airport
  4. Less turbulence. Early morning flights offer a smoother ride, with less turbulence. Thunderstorms and unstable air, which can cause turbulence (including its worst kind – convective turbulence) are more likely to occur in the afternoon.
  5. Fresher crew. You’ll be flying with a crew that has had a good night’s sleep and is mentally ready to provide better service and ensure a safer flight experience.
  6. Cleaner plane. On its first flight of the day, your aircraft will be as sanitary as possible. Airlines generally take extra care to thoroughly clean planes between flights, but boarding that morning flight gives you the greatest chance of a spotless plane.

Looking for the best deals for Bora Bora? Check different departure airports.

Airlines often have varying prices for flights to Bora Bora from different airports – even if they are in close proximity to one another. So don’t limit yourself to just your nearest airport. The neighboring cities may have lower-priced flights that include a layover at Bora Bora, or may even have direct flights that are more budget-friendly.

For example, if you’re looking to fly from Paris to Bora Bora, it may be worth checking prices for flights departing from London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, or Rome. Yes, you may have to fly a few hundred kilometers to these hubs, but domestic low-cost airlines like EasyJet, RyanAir, or WizzAir will happily take you there for less than €100.

The same goes for long-haul flights to Bora Bora from anywhere in the world. By broadening your search to include neighboring airports, you may discover lower-priced options that can save you hundreds of euros!

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Flights to Bora Bora from Bali, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, and other major hubs in Asia

  • There are no direct flights from any Asian country to Bora Bora. All international flights to Bora Bora land at Faa'a International Airport PPT in Papeete on Tahiti island first. You can fly there direct with Air Tahiti Nui from Tokyo NRT or from numerous airports located in Pacific Islands.

    In Tahiti you'll need to transfer to a connecting domestic flight to reach Bora Bora. Local carrier Air Tahiti is the only airline that serves route from Tahiti to Bora Bora with more than 10 daily flights lasting 50-minutes (cost one-way around $250).
  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many shorter routes: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380. When booking your flight to Bora Bora look for these bigger planes as they will almost always give you the best experience in every cabin, including better seat pitches, higher ceilings, and larger overhead bin space.
  • Asia is also home to most of the world’s best airlines. There are only ten airlines that received the prestigious 5-star mark of quality from Skytrax, and all of them are from Asia: ANA, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines. Choosing one of these airlines for your trip to Bora Bora will guarantee a pleasant journey – delicious meals served during the flight, great in-flight entertainment, and above-average airline customer service.
  • Asia is extremely well served by low-cost regional airlines. If you are visiting French Polynesia and want to see several other countries on a tight budget, they often have great sales with rock-bottom prices, while still offering a relatively comfortable flight experience. Among the best Asian budget airlines you can book without hesitation are AirAsiaCebu Pacific, Citilink, FlyDubai, Indigo, Jetstar Airways, Scoot, SpiceJet, and VietJet Air. The cons? Being no-frills airlines they may not provide free baggage allowance, inflight meals, or onboard entertainment. The departure times may also be quite inconvenient as they try to save money by flying at off-peak hours.

Flights from major Asian airports to Bora Bora

Asia is home to some of the busiest and most connected airports in the world. All major Asian airports have convenient and frequent flights to Bora Bora — including Changi (Singapore), Dubai (UAE), Hong Kong (China), Incheon (Seoul, South Korea), Indira Gandhi (New Delhi, India), KLIA (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Narita (Tokyo, Japan), Denpasar (Bali, Indonesia), Soekarno–Hatta (Jakarta, Indonesia), Ninoy Aquino (Manila, Philippines), Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok, Thailand), Taoyuan (Taipei, Taiwan), and others.


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Fly now, pay later

Book Now Pay Later (BNPL) plans for flights have become a popular trend in the travel industry, allowing travelers to book flights and pay in installments. Among the airlines that offer this option are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, and United Airlines. They partner with external financial companies to offer their loan services on the checkout page.

The BNPL plans come with varying terms and fees. Some may be interest-free but have fees for late-payments and require forced autoplay on your bank account, while others may have high annual percentage rates (up to 30-40% APR).

When considering BNPL financing for your flight to Bora Bora, it’s crucial to carefully evaluate the pros and cons, and thoroughly review the terms and conditions.

Proof of onward travel – a simple hack

Travelers who go on long trips often don’t have a set itinerary and fly on one-way tickets. The problem? For many APAC countries, proof of onward travel is a legal requirement. If you arrive at the airport without an onward ticket (from French Polynesia to another country), you’ll either be forced to buy one online or forbidden from boarding the plane altogether.

The cheapest solution? Renting an onward ticket! Use the websites such as OneWayFly or OnwardTicket to get a flight reservation for a limited amount of time (usually 2 to 14 days). They work by actually booking you on a real flight out of French Polynesia and giving you a confirmable flight reservation with a PNR (Passenger Name Record) under your name. After the time limit, your spot on the flight is automatically canceled. Such “temporary tickets” tend to cost anywhere from $10 to $20.

Confirmed flight ticket reservation
Proof of onward travel: confirmed flight ticket reservation (source: OnwardTicket)

Lost luggage prevention: Essential tips

Every year, airlines handle millions of bags, and a small percentage of these bags never make it to their final destinations. Globally, airlines mishandle around 0.7% of bags checked in, which translates to seven bags out of every 1,000. Losing the luggage on your trip to Bora Bora can be a frustrating and stressful experience, but there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of this happening to you.

  1. Use GPS-Trackers. A luggage tracking device such as Apple AirTag or Samsung Galaxy SmartTag comes with a smartphone app and is an excellent way to locate your bag if it goes missing.

    Flights: lost baggage prevention
    Apple AirTag and Samsung SmartTag are small, trackable devices that can be attached to the check-in luggage
  2. Label your luggage with your name, address, phone number and the name of your destination airport in Bora Bora. Put these details inside the case as well.
  3. Remove old tags. Tags are printed with a barcode for identification and tracking, so the old tags from previous flights can confuse baggage handlers and conveyor belt scanners.
  4. Avoid tight layovers. Give yourself and your luggage time to get aboard the next plane by picking a flight to Bora Bora with a longer layover.
  5. Don’t overstuff your suitcase. Heavy bags are more likely to get damaged and stuck on the belts, causing the bag to be misdirected.
  6. Make your bag stand out. After arrival at Bora Bora airport, most people just want to grab their luggage and get out of the airport as soon as possible. In their haste, a case of mistaken identity can sometimes occur.
  7. Take a picture of your bag and the contents, and keep it on your phone. This can be helpful if you need to make a claim for lost or damaged items.
  8. Use a TSA-approved luggage lock. This will secure your bags and will help deter theft.
  9. Keep your valuables in your hand luggage. The airline liability is notoriously low (around €1,000 in most cases) and it usually doesn’t reflect the actual value of the baggage content.
  10. Consider purchasing travel insurance. It can act as a safety net as it can often cover the full value of your luggage. Travel insurance may also reimburse you for any emergency purchases you need to make while you wait.

Hidden-city ticketing hack

Hidden-city ticketing is a less-known money-saving tactic where you buy a plane ticket with a layover, with the intention to get off at the layover rather than the final destination. For example, a flight from New York to Tokyo might be $600, but a similar flight from New York to Singapore with a layover in Tokyo might be only $350. Choosing the latter and ending the trip in Tokyo would save you $250.

It seems counterintuitive that a fare from A to C via B could possibly be cheaper than a simple fare on a shorter route from A to B. However, airlines use dynamic, computer-driven price models calculated with little human intervention, and such deals happen quite often.

Booking a hidden city ticket isn’t as easy as booking a standard itinerary. There are some things to be aware of: (1) don’t check baggage — bring only hand luggage that can fit under the seat or an overhead compartment; a large checked bag will end up in the final destination C; (2) don’t use it for return flights — airlines often void any subsequent tickets if any segment of the first ticket is missed; (3) Do not overuse this tactic with the same airline — hidden-city ticketing is legal but airlines don’t like it and may try to punish you; (4) Don’t associate your frequent flyer account — the airline might invalidate any miles you’ve accrued with them.

How to find hidden-city tickets? The easiest way is to use Skiplagged website, which was designed for unearthing hidden-city deals — give them a try for your flight to Bora Bora.

Hidden-city ticketing flight hack
An example of a hidden-city ticketing flight hack. The layover city is actually our final destination (source: Skiplagged).