Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Is Food Expensive in Bora Bora?

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Food in Bora Bora

Cheap Food in Bora Bora

Eating In Hotels

I reviewed the dining options at the InterContinental Thalasso in this post and at the Hilton Bora Bora in this post.  Eating in the hotel is expensive, but you can save ~$32 per person for breakfast at the Hilton in Bora Bora if you have Hilton Gold elite status. You can get Hilton Gold status with a virtual move to Australia or with the Citi Hilton Reserve card.

Both hotels had an electric kettle to heat water.

Food in Bora Bora

Electric Kettles

So you could bring soup or noodles with you and make it in your room to save money.

Food in Bora Bora

A Frugal Lunch

Supermarkets

Perhaps the best way to save money would be to go to the supermarket and buy food and bring it back to your hotel and eat sandwiches, cold cuts, etc.

We went into both large supermarkets while biking around Bora Bora.  We love seeing what the local stores sell when we travel!

Both Chin Lee and Super U are walking distance from the Viatape dock.  The Hilton charges ~$7 for a boat ride to Viatape.  If you stay at the InterContinental Thalasso, you can take the free boat from the Thalasso to the La Moana and then take a cab from the InterContinental La Moana to get to the supermarkets.

The first supermarket was Chin Lee.

Food in Bora Bora

Chin Lee in Bora Bora

They had a mixture of European and American groceries and products.

Food in Bora Bora

Cheese

The next grocery store was Super U which was further up.

Food in Bora Bora

Emily Outside Super Us

Super U was much larger than Chin Lees and seemed less busy than Chin Lees.

We got a kick out of seeing Cheesburger Lays chips, but didn’t have the courage to try them!

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Cheeseburger in Paradise

A liter of water was only ~$1 in the supermarkets!  I had the tap water at the hotels, but Emily preferred the bottled water.

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Cheap Water

If you stay at the InterContinental Thalasso, you can take the free boat to the InterContinental La Moana and walk to Tiare Market and stock up on provisions.

Food in Bora Bora

Tiare Market

Stalls

There are fruit and produce stalls just off the road in Bora Bora.

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Fruit Carts

I tried the banana bread which was yummy!

Food in Bora Bora

Roulettes

In the evening outside the main dock of Viatape, there are roulettes or food trucks.

Food in Bora Bora

Food Trucks

The prices are more reasonable than elsewhere and it is ~$10 for a dish.

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Food Trucks

Restaurants

There are restaurants in Bora Bora.  Our favorite was Villa Manaha which had great atmosphere and food, but it was expensive.

Around the corner from the InterContinental La Moana (which you can get to for free from the InterContinental Thallaso) is Snack Matira.

Food in Bora Bora

Snack Matira

We didn’t eat there, but the prices seemed more reasonable, by Bora Bora standards.  About $6 for a hamburger and about $10 to $20 for a meat or fish main dish.

Food in Bora Bora

Snack Matira’s

We also visited restaurant St. James which had a great view, but the food was okay.

Food in Bora Bora

Restaurant St. James

Salads were about $17…

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Salads

And main courses were about $25+, though you could get pasta for ~$17.

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Main Courses

I had the fish with vanilla.

Food in Bora Bora

Fish with Vanilla

Emily had a fish allergy so just had dessert and the safe snacks which she brought from the US.

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Emily’s Lunch

Some say that the popular restaurant Bloody Mary’s is a tourist trap, some say it is worth visiting.  It was closed when we biked past so we couldn’t check it out.

Food in Bora Bora

Bloody Mary’s

Here’s a list of other restaurants in Bora Bora from Frommer’s.

Bottom Line

Food at the hotels in Bora Bora is expensive, but you can save money by either bringing snacks with you, shopping at a local supermarket, or eating outside the hotel.

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20 responses to “Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Is Food Expensive in Bora Bora?

  1. I would not recommend Bloody Mary’s. The food wasn’t priced to bad for Bora Bora standards, but the food was OK at best.

  2. Great post! When I travel I try to go to local places too. I don’t like just staying at the hotel and still having American food. So this post is very interesting to me.

  3. Haha, did Emily bring those snacks into the restaurant to eat with you? I would be too embarrassed to do that, but props to you.

  4. I lived in Bora Bora and I would like to point out that it is not Viatape but VAITAPE…

  5. Great post, very informative. Thank you!

  6. The Tahitian food trucks are called, “roulottes,” not “roulettes.”

  7. nice post MMS. I will make sure to use your cc referral next churn..Thank you for not repeatably overposting Bluebird over and over. This is a very unique and useful post for us…thanks!

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  9. I’m watching HGTV’s ‘Extreme Homes’ – and they just profiled the Phoenix home of the couple who owns Bloody Mary’s. Small world, huh?

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  15. Enjoy your posts. I find them very interesting and VERY informative! I was just wondering now, though……

    you mentioned that you received free breakfast at the Hilton Bora Bora as you are a Gold HHONORS member. Was that just be free “continental” breakfast?? Or did you receive the full breakfast buffet for free? I ask because my husband and I are going there this spring and I want to be prepared for what I can expect to receive.

    Thank you.

  16. ” If you stay at the InterContinental Thalasso, you can take the free boat from the Thalasso to the La Moana and then take a cab from the InterContinental La Moana to get to the supermarkets. The first supermarket was Chin Lee.”

    Is it easy to get a cab from IC La Moana or do I have to book that in advance. How much was the cab fare?

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