Getting Around Bora Bora
The best way to get around Bora Bora is by bike, especially when you consider that the entire island only takes a few hours to traverse. Rental cars are another option, but they cost significantly more than a rental bicycle. The local bus system, Le Truck, is notoriously unpredictable and taxis are quite expensive.
To get to Bora Bora, most travelers fly into Bora Bora Airport also known as Motu Mute Airport. If you're coming from the U.S., you'll first stop at the Faa'a International Airport in Tahiti. Once you've cleared customs, you'll hop on a 45-minute flight to Bora Bora Airport. You'll find this airport on a small islet called Motu Mute, just northwest of the main island, and you'll have to take a quick catamaran ride to reach your final destination at Bora Bora's Vaitape quay. Many resorts offer airport transportation; check to see if yours does before making arrangements.
The humble two-wheeler is our favorite mode of transportation in Bora Bora. The island is small enough (18 miles in circumference) to traverse in an afternoon, and with a bicycle, you can travel it at your own pace. Car rental agencies, such as Europcar and Avis, also rent bikes for the equivalent of about $20 a day, or you can find a couple of bike-rental kiosks at Matira Beach . Your resort will also likely offer bikes for rent.
There are several car rental companies on Bora Bora, including Europcar and Avis. You can rent cars at the airport or at several resorts (like the The InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort and the Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort ) throughout Bora Bora. Some even rent bikes, as well as scooters and buggies.
The local bus system, Le Truck, is a tad unreliable to say the least. But it's one of the most economical ways to travel around the small island. You can hail the buses from the coastal road, and you'll find that they encircle the island.
Taxis and water taxis can take you just about anywhere in Bora Bora, but they are expensive; some sources say a ride from Vaitape to the Matira Point hotel district can run from about 1,500 to 2,000 CFP ($15 to $20) depending on the time of day. If you're staying on one of Bora Bora's smaller motu and want to head over to the main island, you can call a water taxi, such as Dino's Land & Water Taxi (79.29.65) or Taxi Motu (67.60.61) Those can run about 2,500 CFP (or about $25). Your hotel will most likely offer island transportation as well.
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