Traveling to Bora Bora Right Now in a Pandemic

Yes, the rumors you heard are true! French Polynesia (which encompasses the popular islands of Tahiti, Mo’orea and Bora Bora, among others) is OPENING back for tourism May1. The beautiful South Pacific hot-spot is one of my favorite places in the world and one of the best destinations for honeymoons. And, in a time when many other desirable tropical destination like Bali are closed to tourists, a vacation in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora is very appealing.

So appealing that last fall, during the pandemic, my fiance and I decided to travel to Bora Bora and Moorea on a whim (with only 10 days notice!) and it was AMAZING! (You can read more about our trip here!)

But before you go and book your trip to Bora Bora, there are a few things to know about the strict French Polynesia requirements for traveling safely in the time of COVID-19. While it IS possible, and DEFINITELY worth it to go, the process is a little complicated – which is what I’m here for!

French Polynesia has been open since mid-July and have been extremely successful in keeping COVID-19 away from their beautiful island through the rigorous testing and pre-travel program they implemented for anyone coming to Tahiti, Mo’orea, Bora Bora, or anywhere in French Polynesia. And if you’re interested in visiting, it’s important you know what they’ll need from you at the airport before your flight. 

So how do you travel to Bora Bora right now in a pandemic?

This information is accurate as of February 2022, but please check with the Tahiti Tourism site before you book your trip.

Ok now that the logistics are out of the way,

Where are the best places to stay in Bora Bora?

Check out my full post on this link here, but here are a couple of my favorites:

Four Seasons Bora Bora

Four Seasons Bora Bora is the ultimate in luxury and panache.

It’s one of the best resorts in Bora Bora, and does a great job attracting both families and couples looking for a private, secluded motu, an expansive beach and dreamy pools, and the one-of-a-kind Four Seasons service that delivers the Bora Bora dream.

Conrad Bora Bora Nui

The Conrad is about 2/3 the cost of the Four Seasons and a gorgeous choice for a hotel in Bora Bora. It’s also where the Kardashians stayed when they went to Bora Bora! The Conrad Bora Bora Nui boasts some of the most incredible overwater bungalows of anywhere in the world, and we loved it here, too!

What’s the best place to stay in Moorea?

After Bora Bora, we traveled to the island of Moorea – which is STUNNING! You can read more here in my ultimate Moorea travel guide, but here’s where we stayed!

Hilton Mo’orea

Mo’orea is located just off of Bora Bora (a short boat ride away) and is just as beautiful! It just doesn’t have the ‘name brand’ of Bora Bora, so you can find overwater bungalows at a more reasonable price than Bora Bora. I LOVED staying at the Hilton Mo’orea, and highhhhly recommend it. The bungalows, beach, activities, service, and FOOD were all incredible. 

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