Bora Bora Airport is also known as Motu Mute Airport, and it serves the island of Bora Bora in French Polynesia. It’s located on the islet of Motu Mute. The Bora Bora Airport code is: BOB and the ICAO code is: NTTB. If you decide to fly and not take a cruise ship, then air travel via Air Tahiti Nui is the fastest way to get to Bora Bora.
The airport is small and can only accommodate private jets and smaller commercial aircraft. One of the great things about flying through Bora Bora Airport is that there is no security. The vibe is very mellow, and all travelers are euphoric except for those that are leaving this island paradise. The staff of people working at the airport are extremely friendly and helpful.
The airport is open to the outside environment, so you feel like your in a big tropical hut as you wait to board the plane. This is the type of airport that you walk on the tarmac to board the aircraft. If you are a guest at any of the major hotels, then you will see signs for your hotel. A representative will take your bags and guide you to a boat shuttle that will get you to your resort.
Flights from Tahiti or Moorea to Bora Bora Airport occur 2 or 3 times a day via Air Tahiti. No planes are flying at night so you will never be disturbed by the airplane noise. Your hotel accommodations should include a boat transfer to and from your hotel to the airport.
The airport was opened in 1943, during World War II. Commercial service became available in 1958 after the runway was redone. It is built on an island (the Polynesian word for which is “motu”) located in a lagoon. A boat transfer is necessary to get to the main island of Bora Bora. Air Tahiti Nui is the larger airline carrier that will take you from farther destinations to Papeete where then you can catch a flight to Bora Bora Airport.
Quick Tip – Typically hotel check out is at noon or 3 pm, and some flights don’t leave Bora Bora airport until 6 pm so ask your hotel for a late checkout or have them store your luggage while you wait.
Quick Tip – If you get to the airport early, and it’s not peak travel season you may be able to get on an earlier flight if the plane is not full.
Quick Tip – When flying into Bora Bora be sure to sit on the LEFT side of the plane so you can look out the window and see a beautiful view of the island just before you land.