Getting there & away
Bora Bora is 270km northwest of Tahiti and can be reached by air or boat from there.
Inter-island boats dock at the Farepiti quay, 3km north of Vaitape.
The cargo ship Vaeanu (41 25 35) makes three trips a week between Pape'ete and Bora Bora (via Huahine, Ra'iatea and Taha'a), leaving Pape'ete on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5pm; it leaves Bora Bora on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
The Maupiti Express (67 66 69) runs between Bora Bora and Maupiti (2500 CFP, 1¾ hours, three times weekly) or Ra'iatea/Taha'a (2500 CFP, 1½ hours, four times weekly). The boat departs the Vaitape quay for Maupiti at 8.30am on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; the return trip leaves Maupiti at 4pm on the same day. It's quite possible to visit Maupiti as a day trip from Bora Bora - return fares cost 3500 CFP. The boat departs for Ra'iatea and Taha'a at 7am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and at 4pm on Sunday.
Air Tahiti (67 70 35; 7.30-11.30am & 1.30-4.30pm Mon-Fri, 8-11am Sat) flies between Bora Bora and Tahiti (14, 000 CFP, 45 minutes, six daily), Huahine (7500 CFP, 20 minutes, daily), Mo'orea (18, 000 CFP, 15 minutes, daily) and Ra'iatea (6500 CFP, 20 minutes, daily). Air Tahiti also has direct flights from Bora Bora to the Tuamotus, with a very handy flight to Rangiroa (23, 000 CFP, 1½ hours, daily) and an onward connection to Manihi (26, 000 CFP, two hours, twice weekly). While flights to Rangiroa go daily, they only operate twice a week in the reverse direction.
Flying into Bora Bora, the left side of the aircraft offers the best views of the spectacular scenery.