Getting Around the Island

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There’s more to Bora Bora than 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 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.

Transportation is typically covered when staying at the major resorts, getting you to and from the Airport. Bora Bora is made up of several smaller islands (motus), making transportation by boat necessary. Most big resorts such as the Four Seasons, St Regis, Le Meridien, InterContinental Thalasso, Conrad, and Pearl Beach are located on the outer islands. 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, check with the hotel concierge. Some hotels have daily boat service to Vaitape, or if you happen to be staying on the main island, the staff can arrange a taxi for you.

The InterContinental Thalasso and the Sofitel Private Island are two resorts with sister properties 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 an excellent 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 companies on the island, one in Vaitape just across from the marina and the other near Matira Point. Some other places 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 the lagoon. The road is paved and mostly flat, so if you are looking for something more physical, a bike ride can take 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 local establishments such as Bloody Mary’s or the Bora Bora Yacht Club, then 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. 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, 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

What it’s like driving around the island

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