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Bora Bora on a budget

Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the French Polynesian Society Islands. It is a territory of France and its major settlement, Vaitape, is on the western side of the island.

It is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef and in the centre of the island are remnants of an extinct volcano, rising to the peaks of Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu.

Bora Bora is a romantic island. Its' lagoon resembles an artist's palette of blues and greens. Lush slopes and valleys are smothered with hibiscus and white sand beaches lead to waters filled with coloured fish and giant manta rays.

Certainly there are some break-the-bank places to stay, but that doesn't mean everyone can't enjoy the beauty of Bora Bora. For starters, the airport ferry transfer is free, and as the island is so flat, you can get around under your own steam. The paved road follows the shoreline and dips in and out of beautiful bays. It's just 32 kilometres and easily done and done by bicycle, scooter or car in a day.

Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach and Private Island encompasses both an exclusive private island and stunning white sand beach. It's a 20 minute pedal from the main town.

Luxurious and expansive, it features 95 bungalows in a variety of styles, including overwater and hillside, restaurant, bar, a cigar cave, wine cellar, day spa, infinity pool and recreational facilities.

Latitude 16°'s terrace overlooking the terrace is where diners enjoy local specialties, international cuisine and they have theme nights.

Manu Tuki also has breathtaking views and they serve a la carte dinner, barbecue, snacks and French and Polynesian cuisine.

Hurricane and Mako are the two bars. Apart from great cocktails, they make up picnic boxes, snacks, ice cream and other snacks. Hurricane has nightly entertainment.

There are plenty of activities for families to enjoy — kayaking, water and jet skiing, boating excursions and there is a private beach and snorkelling/scuba diving centre. For relaxation, head for the massage solarium or pool.

The Sofitel Nautical Team will provide you with an absolute holiday treat. On one of their Eco Tours will have you feeding sharks and rays as you enjoy an island tour, picnic and Polynesian entertainment.

Vaitape has a helpful visitor information centre and its only street is lined with boutiques, black pearl shops and women's handicraft centre.

Location

Bora Bora, an hour's flight from Papeete in Tahiti.

Cost

Bora Bora Beach Resort rooms start at $130 a night.

Sofitel Nautical Team half-day Eco Tours are around $100 for adults and $50 for children. The price includes island tour, snorkelling equipment, shark and ray feeding, picnic and entertainment. They operate every day except Sunday.

Prices correct at July 29, 2010.

For further information

Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach
BP 6 Bora Bora
98730 Nunue Vaitape
French Polynesia
Ph: 0011 689 605500
Fax: 0011 689 677403
www.sofitel.com
H0564@sofitel.com

Tahiti Tourisme
Suite 3, Level 8, 25 Bligh Street
Sydney 2000
Ph: (02) 9233 4920, (02) 9368 5262
www.tahitinow.com.au
Info@Tahiti-Tourisme.com.au

Visas: Australians may stay in French Polynesia for up to three months without a visa.

Electricity: Electricity is 110 or 220AC/60Hz, depending on the island. 220 is the most common. Plugs are circular with two female and one male point, the same as France.

Time zone: GMT -10 hours.

Currency: Pacific franc.

Telephone code: +689.

French Polynesia

Travellers should be 'in date' for the standard Australia/New Zealand immunisation schedules and should consider routine traveller vaccines against food/water-borne illnesses. Other health precautions may be recommended and are best discussed with your doctor six weeks before travel. For further information visit www.smartraveller.gov.au.

User comments
Can you please advise how i can get the $130 a night i have looked and can not find that kind of price or near. Thanks
Hello, I watched the story on Bora Bora on a budget a few weeks ago and like the above comments am struggling to find the quoted accomodation for less than $300. Can you please help?
Please email me details on how this budget is possible,
Nice site with beautiful pictures...Good work!!!
Hi could you tell me how do i get the bora bora on a budget at a $130. I have gone to a travel agent and they can not do this price. And i have also gone on there website and there prices are not at $130. Could you please email me on the details of this. Regards Nicola
MY PARTNER AND I WISH TO GO TO BORA BORA FOR A HOLIDAY AND REQUEST FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO DO THIS ON A BUDGET... IF YOU CAN HELP US PLEASE E-MAIL ME TO HELP US PLAN THIS TRIP OF A LIFE TIME....
I too cannot find this price at any of the resorts in Bora Bora, everything is over at least $300
Last week i watched yoru story on Bora Bora on a budget and you quoted the accomodation as from $130 a night - i have search everywhere and cant find anything less that in the $400 a night, can you confirm this is correct and how you can get this sort of rate??? Thanks in advance, Susan Baker

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