There are, of course, no direct flights to Bora Bora. A full-fledged airport would have detracted from the island’s rustic ethnicity. It does feature a miniscule airport at Motu Mute, however.
The way to fly to Bora Bora is via Tahiti’s Faa’a International Airport at Papeete, and catching a smaller craft from there to Motu Mute. For reference, it takes a normal commercial flight something like seven hours to reach Papeete from Los Angeles. The airlines that have regular flights to Faa’a International Airport include Qantas, Air New Zealand, Air France, Air Tahiti Nui, Hawaiian Airlines, Corsair and Lan Chile. However, the process of flying here can be confusing and complicated. Most tourists prefer to have a professional travel agent make their bookings.
Faa’a International Airport is far from a very busy one – many days do not see more than a couple of international flights coming in. However, international tourists will find most of the basic amenities available – these include a currency exchange counter, Internet café, post office and easy access to a marketplace that offers Tahitian curios.
Air Tahiti offers daily charter flights to the island from Papeete, and from Bora Bora to some of the better-known peripheral islands such as Raiatea, Moorea and Huahine. Further, Air Moorea and Air Archipels also offer private charter flights to Bora Bora and the other islands from the main airport.
If flying to Bora Bora is a little more involved than it would be with other popular tourist destinations, it is well worth it. All along the way, the passenger is treated to a spectacular display of tropical splendor that cannot be matched by other destinations.