Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Bora Bora Airport To InterContinental Thalasso

Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Bora Bora Airport To InterContinental Thalasso

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Emily Jablon:  After we landed, we took a speed boat ride to the hotel where the staff greeted us and checked us in!

InterContinental Thalasso
At the InterContinental Thalasso

Daraius:  As soon as we landed, we went to the InterContinental desk at the airport where we were given color-coded garlands so that the staff of the different hotels knew which boat to put us on.

There were welcome desks of many hotels at the airport.

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InterContinental Welcome Desk at Bora Bora Airport

We identified our bags and got into the boat for a direct transfer to the Intercontinental Thalasso.  The Bora Bora airport is on an islet (motu) by itself, and there are 2 ways to get to the Intercontinental Thalasso from the airport.

The first way is the most convenient way which is to pay 9,053 XPF ($98) including taxes, per person for a return transfer from the airport to the hotel and back to the airport.  We selected a one way transfer (~40 minutes by boat) for 4,600 XPF ($50) per person  since we would not be returning to the airport from the InterContinental Thalasso, but would be visiting the Hilton in Bora Bora.

The cheaper (the only cost is ~$22 to $27 for the taxi), but longer way (~2+ hours) to get to the Intercontinental Thalasso from the Bora Bora airport is to:

  1. Take the free boat transfer (Bora Bora Navette) provided by Air Tahiti from the airport to Viatape (the main port in Bora Bora)
  2. Take a taxi from Viatape to the InterContinental La Moana (sister hotel of the Intercontinental Bora Bora).  The journey is ~4.5 miles and should cost ~2,000 ($22) to 2,500 ($27) XPF.
  3. Take the free boat transfer from the InterContinental La Moana to the Inter Continental Thalasso.  The free boat runs ~ every hour or two (I’ll upload the schedule, once I figure out how to scan on my new printer).
InterContinental Thalasso
Boats Waiting Outside Bora Bora Airport for Transfer To Hotels

It was slightly cloudy but beautiful outside.  All the arriving passengers had goofy grins (like us in the picture below)…

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At the Bora Bora Airport

…and were taking lots of pictures!

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Picture Perfect

The view during the boat ride was very scenic and we were excited as we passed overwater bungalows on our way to the hotel!

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Overwater Bungalows

After getting off the boat dock at the InterContinental, we were driven on a golf cart to check in.

InterContinental Thalasso
Going To Check-In

We were given refreshing cold towels and a tall glass of fresh juice while we waited to be checked in!

InterContinental Thalasso

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Thank you once again for taking time off your busy schedule to answer me.

Do I need to make a reservation ahead of time for a taxi from Vaitape to Le Moana? If so, how can I do this? Thank you

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@Maury - There should be taxis waiting at the ferry, but you could email the hotel to schedule one if you'd prefer!

When you arrive in Tahiti you can go to the Air Tahiti office downtown a block from the cathedral on Av Foch. They have a travel agency for the airline, The Sejours des Iles; http://www.sejoursdanslesiles.pf/home.php

which has discounted air fares and hotels in all of French Polynesia. They include transfers. You must be present to book, so you can't plan ahead, but the deals are good ones and for people who are staying here for a couple of weeks it would work well.

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@Caren, an American living in Tahiti - Thanks for the tip!

Can you take the taxi back to the airport from the Intercontinental La Moana?

Thinking about doing the $50 one way transfer on the way there to the Thalassa, and then taking a cab back since we will be staying at La Moana our last night on the BOGO...

Let me know, thanks!

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@jack - Not sure I understand the question, but you can pay for a boat transfer direct to the airport. Or the cheaper (but longer option) is to pay for a cab from the La Moana to Viatape boat dock and take the free airport ferry to the airport.

You both look stunning framed by that beautiful water!

Thank you for sharing your adventures!

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@kira poulson - Glad you like reading about them!