Flights to Bora Bora arrive at Motu Mute Airport, which sits atop a small islet also named Motu Mute. Only Air Tahiti services this airport. Passengers stop first in Tahiti to catch Bora Bora flights. Most of the major hotels have check-in counters at the airport where passengers arrange for a boat to their accommodations on other islets. This is a tiny airport that has only basic services such as ATMs, eateries, and shops. You can usually get cheap flights to Bora Bora by booking your airfare as part of a vacation package from a travel agency or online travel service.
The majority of the local travel in Bora Bora is done by boats and ferries. You will probably arrange for a boat transfer to your hotel from Motu Mute when you book airfare to Bora Bora. There is also a free ferry that will take you to Vaitape, which is the largest village in Bora Bora. Travellers who stay in the major resorts will likely have boat fares included in their resort packages because the resorts are scattered on the various islands. Since there is only one paved road, the bus service provided on the island is not very extensive, but it is adequate and cheap. There are also a few taxis.
The geography of Bora Bora and the surrounding islets create an astounding natural lagoon full of exotic tropical sea life. Visitors enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling, and swimming among other aquatic activities more than historical sight-seeing. The combination of the lagoon and Mount Otemanu provide breath-taking natural sights. Jeep tours and horse-back and bicycle rides are among the popular land activities, and they are easy to arrange through hotels. You can also go on hikes up to Mt. Pahia, but you must have a guide.
Since Bora Bora is a popular tourist destination, there is plenty of shopping on the main island of Vaitape as well as the adjacent islands. The most popular items for shoppers are black pearls and other lovely styles of jewellery. Shoppers have a range of art galleries to browse as well. Since Bora Bora is a French Polynesian island, the cuisine is influenced mostly by French culture. There are also a number of international restaurants available as well as many Tahitian and Polynesian offerings. You will find a number of bars and dance clubs in the various resort areas so you can party island-style while in Bora Bora.
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