What to Pack for A Trip To Bora Bora!

If you’re planning a trip to Bora Bora, and looking for the best packing list for your trip, you came to the right place! From travel essentials, to key tips for your stay in Bora Bora, to cute outfit inspo for French Polynesia, I’ve got you covered!  During the day, you’ll want some resort-ready bikinis, cover ups, and sun hats, and at night, you’ll want some easy, flowy resort dresses and cute tropical dinner outfits for all those incredible photos you’ll take at sunset. In this Bora Bora packing guide, you’ll find all the best tips for packing for Bora Bora, as well as outfits for French Polynesia, from swimwear and cover ups, to resort dresses and vacation outfit inspo from my own trips to the islands!

Packing list for Bora Bora

Reef-safe sunscreen – Please, please respect the tropical reefs of French Polynesia by bringing reef-safe sunscreen. This is my favorite brand.

Refillable Water Bottle – Save on expensive resort water costs and bring a refillable water bottle that you fill up at the resort gym! 

Bug Spray – Here is a good one with DEET, and here is one of my favorite natural bug sprays as well. 

Wide-brimmed sun hat 

These are my favorite sun hats for a trip to Bora Bora (and the ones I’m ALWAYS getting asked about!!!)

Lack of Color Sunnydip Fray Boater Hat in Seagrass

Other sun hats – I like to bring both a wide brimmed hat and more of a bucket hat because sometimes that’s more comfortable while laying on a lounge chair! 

L*SPACE Isadora Hat in Natural Stripe

Underwater Camera

You’ll also definitely need an underwater camera – all the details on what I use for my underwater photos is here (and those awesome half in/half out underwater photos you’ve seen on my Instagram

Floaties for outside of your bungalow

This definitely isn’t a must but it’s a fun one to have (and looks great for photos!) it’s fun to float around outside your bungalow! 

FUNBOY Mesh Chair Float in Coastal Stipe 

FUNBOY Upcycled Heart Tube FUNBOY Upcycled Heart Tube

Especially if you are traveling to Bora Bora with kids, they’ll love bringing a fun floatie along!

Do you need water shoes for Bora Bora?

If you plan on staying at your resort, then no not really. But if you’re going to be exploring other beaches/islands around French Polynesia, or your feet are sensitive to more rocky sands, some of the best snorkeling spots you’ll DEFINITELY need some water shoes. Here are some good ones on Amazon.

Should I bring a snorkel mask?

I do like bringing my own snorkel mask vs relying on hotel masks, but that’s up to you! Your hotel will definitely have masks you can borrow, too if you want to save space! 

Cute outfits for Bora Bora

Of course, when planning a trip to Bora Bora, the most fun part is thinking about all the cute clothes you’ll get to wear on vacation. Vacation outfits are my specialty – and there’s nothing I like shopping for more! Here are some of my favorite outfits for Bora Bora.

Just BEE Queen Orchid Top in White

Poupette St Barth Bice Mini Dress in Gauguin PinkROCOCO SAND Megan Flare Pants in Pink Floral

ROCOCO SAND Maxi Dress in WhiteROCOCO SAND Rio Pants in Multicolored Tropical


Marbella Studs the cutest earrings!

retrofete Pasha Top in Almond LurexImage 1 of ROCOCO SAND Zazu Sleeveless Mini Dress in Motley Tropical

The Best Bikinis & One Pieces for a Trip to Bora Bora


Sometimes an all-white bikini is just what you need for the perfect Bora Bora bikini. It also looks great in photos and pops against the aqua waters! 

matching swimwear with your hubby or wife? yes please!

Nothing better than matching the water with an aqua crinkle bikini right?I also like swimwear that contrasts with the water, like this solid textured black bikini that is SOOOOO FLATTERING!

my favorite melon green ribbed bikini – I’m obsessed! 

It also comes in this style! 

Hunza G Classic Square One Piece

Beach bags for a trip to Bora Bora

The Peyton Starfish Pouch Top-Handle Bag 0

Aurora Large Raffia Clutch Bag 0


Handwoven Straw Vintage Purse Bag Bohemian Large Straw Beach Bag Chic Casual Handbag Shoulder Bag Tote Rattan Vacation Bag Casa Clara Lei Lei Bag in Natural & Black



Casa Clara Tinsley Tote in RattanUlla Johnson Sea Shell Wicker Bag in Natural

BTB Los Angeles Sunrise Sunset Tote in Sand & Mint Rainbow

If you’re planning on being active – pack a tropical active set

If you’re planning on doing any resort sports, this exercise dress works great for golf or tennis or pickleball! it has a high-quality full-body spandex lining that makes it oh-so-comfy to wear all day long!

Vacation activewear:

All of these looks linked here

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