Where and What to Hire
The breathtaking tropical Melanesian island of Bora Bora has a few options when it comes to hiring a car. Big international names Avis, Alamo, Budget and Europecar and local company Farepiti Rentacar all have offices in Vaitape for renting out cars as well as scooters. A range of cars are available for hire from small two-door larger family cars but be sure to book early as there are not that many of them!
Being an island, and not a very large one at that, it is possible to drive the 19 miles of road in an hour. However, despite this it is worth having a car as there is no public transport on the island. Although traffic is minimal, when driving at night on Bora Bora it is worth keeping an eye out for bikes, bicycles and scooters without lights. By day, be on the look-out for stray chickens, dogs and pigs that may be running across the road. Parts of the road can sometimes be uneven or not as well surfaced as others so take care. Driving is on the right hand side of the road and a UK driving licence is valid on the island. Rush hour on Bora Bora is more likely to be in the water than on the roads with most of the travelling done by boat.
All the hotels on the island have car parks and there are few to no parking restrictions for on-street parking on the one main road.
Where to Go and What to See
Having a car on Bora Bora will give you the freedom to explore the breath-taking landscapes from every angle. One of the most beautiful experiences on the island is seeing the majestic peak of Mount Otemanu framed by dazzling clear blue seas as you drive around the island. A tour of the islands lagoons is another must with a stop at the Bora Bora Lagoonarium where snorkelers can come face to face with turtles, sharks and sting rays. There is even a little submarine for those who would rather stay dry. A trip to the main ‘town’ Vaitape is where visitors can enjoy shopping for bargains or Black Pearls in the Flea Market Building near the wharf, in Tiare and Sofitel Markets or the wonderful China Lee Market. Relax with a coffee or lunch in one of the many restaurants and cafes dotted around the town before exploring the local architecture. For those who crave more adventure, a jeep tour is worth trying. These 4x4s will climb into the lush green hills and down the flower-strewn valleys and ride along the bumpy trails to reveal spectacular views and sights like American WWII ruins and bunkers. Another attraction not to be missed is Matira Beach, well-known for frequently topping the polls as the number one best beach in the world. As evening comes to Bora Bora, drive to the lively Yacht Club where mouth-watering seafood straight from the ocean awaits and where you can sip a freshly made Pina Colada whilst watching quite possibly the most romantic sunset in the world.