Bora Bora on a budget

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Bora Bora is a French Polynesian island approximately 150 miles northwest of Tahiti.

Bora Bora is expensive and as such doesn’t often feature on everyone’s backpacking list. It is usually a destination choice for honeymooners and the rich and famous. Indeed we thought carefully about whether to include BB in our travel plans for this trip.

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Most of the accommodation is £500+ per night for over water bungalow style rooms. After a bit of searching we were able to find a great budget option for a fraction of this cost. We stayed at the Sunset Lodge; an apartment overlooking the sea with a fridge/freezer, gas hob and microwave and a huge balcony with comfy outdoor sofas. The cost also included airport transfers and a good and efficient laundry service.

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There are two excellent supermarkets near to the apartment in Vaitape (the capital of the island) where we brought breakfast and one dinner. We also had pizza from a nearby pizza place which enabled us to keep our costs down. The costs for both the supermarket and pizza were similar to those in the UK.

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Bora Bora is formed of an extinct volcano and is surrounded by a shallow lagoon and coral reef. The picture above was taken from the plane as we left Bora Bora.

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We decided the best way to see Bora Bora would be from the lagoon and had a great day of snorkelling over coral reefs and with rays and sharks! We sailed in the lagoon round the entire island of Bora Bora.

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