Car Hire in Bora Bora
This information is correct as of April 2015
Hire a car in Bora Bora to make the most of your holiday, and explore the island at your leisure. Despite its popularity with tourists, Bora Bora has no public transport and very few taxis. While some hotels in Bora Bora do offer shuttles to popular beaches and restaurants, your best bet is to hire a car on arrival and enjoy the freedom of your own four wheels. With Skyscanner you can find and compare the best prices on rental vehicles, and get your trip to Bora Bora off to the perfect start.
Where to hire a car in Bora Bora
Avis and Europcar both operate in Bora Bora, and there are a few small independent car hire companies too. You can find a few car rental companies (including Europcar) at the port of Vaitape, where you’ll arrive from the airport island of Motu Mute. Buggy hire is popular on Bora Bora. Cheaper than regular cars, these open-sided vehicles can reach speeds of up to 50mph and definitely add a bit of fun to any trip. There are limited vehicles available on Bora Bora, so it’s a good idea to book your vehicle hire in advance to avoid disappointment on arrival.
Driving in Bora Bora
There are only 19 miles of paved road in Bora Bora, which clings to the coast. Keep your speed down as people and farm animals sometimes wander onto the road. Look out for speeding locals on the narrow roads, and always drive defensively. The roads can be a bit bumpy too. If you want your deposit back it’s best to avoid hitting pot holes at high speeds.
Traffic drives on the right in Bora Bora, and rental vehicles will have their steering wheels on the left hand side. If you’re not used to driving a left-hand-drive vehicle, take a few minutes before setting off to get used to the gear stick being on your right. Pay special attention at roundabouts (you go anti-clockwise) and T-junctions (cross the road if you’re turning left).
Parking in Bora Bora
Most of Bora Bora is rural (Vaitape is the only town of any size) so there are very few areas with parking regulations. Many hotels in Bora Bora offer parking to their guests, either for free or for a small nightly charge. Most restaurants and beaches also have their own small car parks.
Great day trips on Bora Bora
The 19 mile long stretch of road that surrounds the island is a good place to start your adventures. Drive past gorgeous beaches, nip into some fantastic little restaurants, or stop your car at one of these fantastic attractions on the circle.
This iconic restaurant is a must-visit during your trip to Bora Bora. Since opening in the 1970’s, the beach shack has played host to more than 230 celebrities including Pierce Brosnan, Buzz Aldrin, and most recently the Kardashians. The fish is fresh off the boat every day (except Sundays), while the views across the lagoon at sunset simply have to be seen to be believed.
Bora Bora’s only public beach is perfect if you’re looking for a change of scene. The beautiful white sand is perfect for sunbathing, while the reef nearby attracts plenty of tropical fish: making it a great destination for snorkelling.
Bora Bora played a crucial role in WWII, and there are lots of guns and canons dotted about if you know where to look. Most of the relics can be found at Tereia Point, where most of the American soldiers were based during the war. There’s a concrete tank beside the ferry jetty, and old American canon hidden in the jungle, and the remains of old wharves along Faanui Bay.