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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!
- A Bad Start & a Few Hours in Los Angeles
- Air France Lounge – Los Angeles
- Air France Business Class – Los Angeles to Papeete
- Getting to Moorea
- Hilton Moorea
- Hilton Moorea, Panoramic Overwater Bungalow #87
- An ATV Tour in Moorea
- Whale & Dolphin Watching in Moorea
- Eating in Moorea
- Moorea to Bora Bora
- Bora Bora Airport To InterContinental Thalasso
- Emerald Overwater Bungalow #204 at the InterContinental Thalasso Bora Bora
- Jet-Skiing in Bora Bora
- A 9 Hour Bike Ride Around Bora Bora
- Eating in the InterContinental Thalasso
- InterContinental Thalasso Coral Garden Suite
- Around the InterContinental Thalasso
- Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort
- Royal Overwater Villa, Hilton Bora Bora Nui
- Dinner at Villa Mahana
- Eating in the Hilton Bora Bora
- Is Food Expensive in Bora Bora?
- A Day in Papeete
- Air Tahiti Nui and Southwest Flights Home
- Conclusion & Blog Giveaway!
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.
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:
- Take the free boat transfer (Bora Bora Navette) provided by Air Tahiti from the airport to Viatape (the main port in Bora Bora)
- 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.
- 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).
It was slightly cloudy but beautiful outside. All the arriving passengers had goofy grins (like us in the picture below)…
…and were taking lots of pictures!
The view during the boat ride was very scenic and we were excited as we passed overwater bungalows on our way to the hotel!
After getting off the boat dock at the InterContinental, we were driven on a golf cart to check in.
We were given refreshing cold towels and a tall glass of fresh juice while we waited to be checked in!