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Bora Bora on a budget: Tips and Tricks

Do you dream of deep blue lagoons, steep mountain slopes and white sandy beaches full of palm trees? It seems like this paradise is simply out of reach, so isolated that this heaven on earth can only be an illusion. I have found a way for you to make this dream a reality.

Bora Bora is a dream destination for many, but if you think about the prices to achieve this paradise, most prefer to stay in their dreams. I have put together tips and tricks for you here so that you can make this journey come true – plus a portion of adventure, because heaven on earth cannot be reached by bus. But the most coveted island in the world rewards you with its breathtaking beauty. Find out how you can get to Bora Bora cheaply.

Arrival in Bora Bora

There are several different routes with possible stops to get to the island paradise of Bora Bora. I have listed various options for you to use as a guide. At your desired travel time, simply compare prices and times of the different flight paths and decide on a good offer that sends you cheap to Bora Bora.

Direct flight booking to French Polynesia

The first option is to do a direct search from Germany to French Polynesia. So you will find the cheapest flights from Germany, i.e. the cheapest departure airport, as well as the cheapest arrival airport in French Polynesia. You may then have to travel a long way to and from the airports and consider whether the cost of the journey is worth it in relation to the cheaper flight. Another point is the flexibility in the date: If you are variable here, you can save a lot of money again and take the cheapest date. When I searched for the cheapest flight from Frankfurt am Main (FRA) to Papeete (PPT) for less than € 1,100. You should expect there to be at least two stops on the flight, sometimes even three.

Separate bookings of individual flights

Travel guides Tip: uses flight search engines, these compare prices directly. Once you have found the cheapest flight, you can get it on the respective airline’s website without agency fees. The combination of a return flight is usually cheaper than one-way flights.

If you want to combine the long way to Bora Bora with a stopover to recover from the long flights, there are various destinations. The most frequently used route goes via California in the USA, via San Francisco (SFO) or Los Angeles (LAX). You can get there one-way for less than € 300. A flight to Papeete (PPT), the capital of French Polynesia in Tahiti, costs you just over € 500 for both flights there and back. This will take you directly there, without a stopover, and after the Bora Bora vacation back to San Francisco. For all flights to and from French Polynesia and back, you have not even reached € 1,100 with this option .

Another variant would be a flight to Auckland in New Zealand : The cheapest flights start at around € 650, but include either long stopovers or many stopovers, because this is the only way to get such a cheap price to New Zealand. From Auckland (AKL) you can then book direct flights to Papeete (PPT). These are already under 600 € for a return flight, so you are in French Polynesia with a price of around 1,200 €. How you get from Papeete to Bora Bora, I will explain below.

French Polynesia: From Papeete to Bora Bora

Due to the high profile, breathtaking beauty, and seclusion, it is a little more difficult to get to Bora Bora cheaply. But there are three options: On the one hand, you can purchase an Airpass on that enables you to do island hopping. This saves you and you can also visit several islands. There are different passes. You can get the cheapest with Bora Bora for under 350 €, including the following islands: Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Bora Bora, Maupiti. A tour of paradise – sounds pretty tempting, doesn’t it? If you want to choose the easiest option and fly from Papeete to Bora Bora (BOB), you can get flights for under 200 € depending on the date.

Another and somewhat adventurous variant would be to take the ship from Papeete to Bora Bora. The shipping company Hawaiki Nui makes it possible to move to Bora Bora by the sea a few days a week. Exact prices are difficult to find online, but I know from experience that the best thing to do is visit Hawaiki Nui at the harbor at Motu Uta in Papeete. Here you can get a ticket for one of the ships, which is definitely much cheaper than the flights. Various tourist offices can also help you get a cheap boat ticket. If you want to go from Tahiti to the neighboring island of Moorea, you can take the ferry there and back for around 25 €.

Stay cheap on Bora Bora

With the right tips and tricks, you can save a lot of money on accommodation and live cheaper on Bora Bora than you might think. You can find out which tips these are.

Couch surfing

Those who have never heard of couch surfing should definitely consider this alternative to expensive hotels, as you can stay with the locals for free. This type of travel is very special because you get an insight into the country’s way of life and can look beyond the boundaries of a hotel resort. The hospitality in French Polynesia is unique and with couch surfing, you will be a member of the family, get first-hand insider tips, and save a lot of money!


The cheapest way to spend the night on Bora Bora and on the neighboring islands is in a tent. There are a few campsites, and many small private accommodations also offer their tropical gardens to camp. You can hardly get closer to paradise. However, most tents do not offer tents, so it is advisable to bring one yourself or buy one on-site, depending on your arrival. This is not only much cheaper than a hotel, but you also enjoy a wonderful view from the front row.

Private accommodations

Bora Bora has mostly expensive luxury accommodations, but Airbnb is a great way to look for a private, cheaper place to stay. There are some nice backpacker accommodations that you can book for under 50 €. You get your own little bungalow between € 100 and € 250 per night – here you have to decide for yourself how much « luxury » you want. So you can already see that there are definitely ways to sleep relatively cheaply on Bora Bora.


Tips and Tricks

This trip is definitely not made every day and therefore you should also be mentally prepared that the luxury you will experience is not material.

  • A garden of Eden, paradise on earth, pictures that are otherwise only known as screensavers come true. That should be your big goal. So you have to put up with a long, uncomfortable trip, but you will be rewarded with a breathtaking, already surreal sight. Believe me, it will be worth it.
  • If you still want to breathe a little luxury air, you can find out which resorts have public bars so that you can have a drink in the evening.

Note: Avoid traveling in high season, but prefer to travel to French Polynesia at the beginning or end of the rainy season (November – May). At that time most of the accommodations are cheaper and you enjoy more solitude on the islands. Some hotels also offer day passes. With this day ticket, you can feel like guests for a few hours and let yourself be pampered.

  • To discover the beauty of the island, you should make your way on foot, because it costs nothing and you experience much more. Otherwise, you can rent a bike or kayak to see the many luxury resorts of Bora Bora from the sea and explore the great lagoon. A breathtaking sight, I can promise you that.

Save on food

Eating in French Polynesia is usually expensive because many of the foods are imported. So you should make sure to buy mainly local food, such as seasonal fruit or fresh fish. You save the most if you can cook in your accommodation yourself or limit yourself to small snack bars or food stalls. And if you want to have a nice dinner, I recommend the Bloody Mary, probably the most famous bar on Bora Bora. In the entrance area, there is even a board with names of prominent people who have already taken a seat here. There is no menu there, you choose your main course from a large buffet (meat and fish) and then pay for the particular dish you choose.


Do you want to go to a dream island without tourism and frills? Then take a look at my insider tips on the island !

If you just want to go to the end of the world and feel like Robinson Crusoe, you can also think of a few alternative islands that may not be as well known as Bora Bora but are definitely not as beautiful. There is, for example, Maupiti, which has just as great mountain ranges and lagoons as Bora Bora, Moorea west of Tahiti, or Raiatea, in the south Bora Boras. The somewhat further away  Tikehau Atoll, known from the TV show Adam and Eva, also offers itself. In any case, it is certain that there is a paradise to be discovered everywhere in French Polynesia and that you can certainly not go wrong by exploring other islands.

What you need to bring to travel cheaply

Traveling cheaply is not rocket science, but you have to have a few qualities and also personal circumstances in order to realize the dream of discovering island beauties like Bora Bora with little money.


The most important thing for this trip is that you prepare yourself for the fact that you will probably not arrive in first class and then you can immediately jump from your overwater bungalow into the sea. You’ll be able to admire these bungalows from afar – unless you’ve plundered a few savings to checking into the Four Seasons. This low budget trip is about getting to the end of the world as sparingly as possible without having to sell your belongings afterward. Therefore you have to be flexible, spontaneous, and uncomplicated and always remember that nature and its endless beauty is the absolute luxury for you.


French Polynesia consists of 118 islands and is located in the southern Pacific, between Australia and Central America. The main island is Tahiti, with Papeete International Airport. Bora Bora is approximately a 50-minute flight away. It takes time to take the long trip from Germany as cheaply as possible. The options for arrival which I found for you need, depending on your budget and desire to travel a few weeks time, so that the great efforts must be rewarded.


The long journey takes an enormous amount of perseverance, but it will be worth it in the end. You will hold your toes in the white sand at the most beautiful place in the world so that long stays and sleeping at the airport will be forgotten. In addition, you will probably not be staying in a five-star luxury hotel, but in a dormitory with other adventurous people or on the floor of a tent. It can be exhausting, but it is an adventure and you get to know exciting personalities.

Desire to travel

With the step-by-step journey, you can travel to additional countries and collect impressions there. Stroll by bike over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco or along West Coast Beach in Auckland – one highlight becomes many more if you travel halfway around the world. If you want to get to Bora Bora cheaply, you can discover even more hotspots that are absolutely worth seeing.


Traveling can be cheap. But it is rarely free. And if you dream of Bora Bora, you have to have a little change in your pocket. You can save a lot during your trip and choose the accommodation so that you don’t lose your last shirt. Nevertheless, the flights will be a little more expensive than those of the usual package tours. But sometimes you put something away for your big dreams. Maybe try to save a little in everyday life, so that it can go on a big trip around the world. Believe me, it will be worth it!

Bora Bora island pearl

If you are not yet looting the piggy bank and making your first adventure travel plans for a Bora Bora vacation, I can only advise you to look at these breathtaking photos again. And as you probably know, every vacation destination actually looks a lot nicer than in any photo. Now you are asked: Do you have some cool tips and suggestions on how to get to a distant island paradise cheaply? Have you ever been to Bora Bora? I am looking forward to your comments!


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