Typical landscape of Bora Bora, with mountains in the background and luxury bulgalos on its crystal clear turquoise waters

Matira Beach, Bora Bora.

The wonderful Matira Beach is the largest public beach in Bora Bora, “Pearl of the Pacific”, and has 2 km (1.24 mi) of sparkling white sand, coconut trees and beautiful crystal clear turquoise water, making it one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Bora Bora.
Bora Bora.

Can you use US dollars in Bora Bora?

Hotels, restaurants and high-end shops will accept without problems your U.S. dollars but usually apply a lousy rate. Use the ATMs or bring cash from Tahiti.

Martira Beach, Bora Bora.
Martira Beach, Bora Bora.

How to get to Matira Beach?

It is located about 5 miles south of Vaitape and can be reached by push bike or taxi. You can also drive there; You will find parking spaces near the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort.

What to do in Matira Beach?

Scuba Diving

Easy to intermediate dives, expect to see Manta & Eagle Rays, Lemon sharks, Napoleaon Wrasses, and stunning underwater landscapes.

Whale Watching

Every July to November, Humpback Whales migrate from Antartica to the Polynesian waters to mate or give birth. Numerous half or full day tours allow you to contemplate these extraordinary mammals in the wild, in a respectul – and highly regulated – manner. If you happen to visit Bora Bora outside of the whale season, despair not as many cetaceans reside permanently around Bora Bora, as explained here.

Hiking

Fancy a challenge? Climb Mount Pahia summit (658m/2160ft) and gasp at the scenery. Hire a guide, bring lots of water and serious footwear.

Eagle Ray, Bora Bora.
Eagle Ray, Bora Bora.

Where is Bora Bora located?

It lies in the South central Pacific Ocean, about 165 miles (265 km) northwest of Tahiti.
Bora-Bora, is a volcanic island, part of the Îles Sous le Vent (Leeward Islands), in the Society Islands of French Polynesia.

Getting around Bora Bora.

Although it may seemhard to believe, push bike is the best way to get around Bora Bora, since the island can be covered in just a few hours.
There are public buses, known as Le Truck, but their schedule is a bit of a mystery. Of course there are  Taxis (and Taxi-Boats) and  you can rent a car, a motorcycle or even a buggyFun fact, Taxis and Taxi-Boats are more expensive after 7 pm.

Bora Bora, Bike
The Bike is the Best Way to get Around Bora Bora.

How expensive is Bora Bora?

The sky’s the limit for accommodation prices in Bora Bora, so let’s tackle the issue from the other end, and research indicates that you can get a roof from around 50 usd/night. If you self-cater, bring groceries from Tahiti or buy them at Tiare Market. A meal at a roulotte (local food truck) fares at 10 usd, count about the same for a push bike daily rental. If you keep your activities down to biking or/and hiking around the island, snorkeling (ask your guest house if they have a kayak lying around, so you can go further in the lagoon) and a couple of good books, you could get by with 1.500 usd for 2 weeks, excluding the air fare. For information, solo travelers spend on average 3.000 usd for a 7 days trip.

Bora Bora currency

French Pacific franc (CFP)
The currency used in French Polynesia is the French Pacific Franc, abbreviated XPF or CFP. The exchange rate with the Euro is a fixed flat rate ,1 Euro  = 119.33 Pacific Franc, but it fluctuates against the U.S. dollar (USD).

Credit cards are widely used throughout the main islands. The more commonly accepted credit cards include Visa and Mastercard, followed by American Express. Please note that not all hotels and restaurants accept American Express. Once you get to the smaller, more isolated atolls such as Manihi and Fakarava, you will most likely need to carry cash for the stores, restaurants and pensions located away from the major resorts.

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