Getting Around the Island


There’s more to Bora Bora than just overwater bungalows and luxury resorts. There are bike, scooter, and car rentals available to explore this beautiful island at your own pace. Most resorts even have a daily boat service to Vaitape for you to shop at the local markets.

View of street signs in the town of Vaitape on Bora Bora island.

When staying at the major resorts, transportation is typically covered getting you to and from the Airport. Bora Bora is made up of several smaller islands making transportation by boat necessary. Most of the big resorts such as the Four Seasons, St Regis, Le Meridien, InterContinental Thalasso, Conrad, and Pearl Beach are located on the outer motu’s. They require a boat transfer to the main island.

If you’re staying at the larger resorts, there is usually a hotel store and multi restaurants on site making it so that you don’t need to leave the property. However, if you like a little adventure or want to explore the island then check with the hotel concierge. Some hotels have a daily boat service to Vaitape, or if you happen to be staying on the main island, then the staff can arrange a taxi for you.

The InterContinental Thalasso and the Sofitel Private Island are two resorts that have sister properties located on the main island. Upon request or at set schedules, a boat shuttle will take you to the sister resorts free of charge. This is a great option if you plan on exploring the island or if you plan on saving money buying food and drinks outside of the resorts.

The Avis company in Vaitape rents cars, scooters, and bikes.

Rent a Bike, Scooter or Car

There are two Avis Rental company’s on the island, one in Vaitape just across from the marina and the other near Matira Point. There are a few other places that rent bikes and scooters such as near the Hotel Maitai Polynesia or from one of the locals.

  • Avis – Tel: (689) 67 70 15 [Open 7:30am to 5:00pm]

Bora Bora has one main road that circles the island. A normal drive takes 45 minutes although we often stop several times along the way to take pictures of Mount Otemanu or lagoon. The road is paved and mostly flat, so if you were looking for something more physical, a bike ride can 1 to 2 hours.

Picture of a car in Bora Bora with a view of Mt. Otemanu in the background

Getting to Dinner Outside the Resort

If you plan on dining at one of the local establishments such as Bloody Mary’s or the Bora Bora Yacht Club then just let the hotel concierge know. They will call the restaurant for you to make a reservation. If the resort is on the outer motu, then a boat ride to the hotel base on the main island will be required, and then from there you will take a car taxi. The restaurants provide free taxi accommodations to and from your resort.

Land Taxi Services:

If you are staying at a vacation rental, then you can call one of the companies below for transportation around the island.

  • Craigs Professional Services – Tel: (689) 40 67 53 38
  • Dora Taxi – Tel: (689) 40 67 69 31
  • Heimana Tours – Tel: (689) 40 67 69 82
  • Hekeani Taxi – GSM: (689) 87 79 75 86
  • Alexandre Temarii-Mataarere – GSM: (689) 87 25 03 67
  • Gérard Hokuin – Tel: (689) 40 67 72 72
  • Taxi Simplet – Tel: (689) 40 67 67 22
  • Taxi Tearere – Tel: (689) 40 67 59 12
  • Taxi Temarii – GSM: (689) 87 79 11 61
  • Tiare Anei Tours – Tel: (689) 40 67 78 77
  • VIP Services Bora Bora – Tel: (689) 40 67 78 77

Shuttle Boat Taxi Services

  • Manu Taxi Boat – Tel: (689) 40 67 61 93
  • Taxi Motu – Tel: (689) 40 67 60 61


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