Wondering what to bring to Bora Bora?
You’re not the only one. That’s why I’ve put together this extensive Bora Bora packing list to make sure you have everything you need.
It includes tons of things to pack for Bora Bora including some things you won’t have even considered.
Bora Bora Packing List
Bora Bora is an island of luxury and that means that pretty much everything comes with a hefty price tag.
This complete Bora Bora packing list includes everything single thing you need to take to Bora Bora including all the essentials and a few things that will save you a ton of money.
Here is a complete list of what to bring to Bora Bora:
If you’re staying in an overwater bungalow then you’ll be glad you brought an inflatable pool float.
They are perfect for lounging in the lagoon just outside your villa.
The water is absolutely spectacular in Bora Bora and looks even better in person. Who wouldn’t want to float around on it all day!?
Bonus: You can also bring a bit of rope to tie your float to your overwater bungalow so that you can relax without floating away. Genius right!?
You’ll spend 90% of your time in Bora Bora in your swimsuit so pack at least 3.
Most of Bora Bora’s activities revolve around that iconic blue lagoon and you’ll spend most of your time in it.
I’d recommend bringing at least one one-piece swimsuit too for activities like jet skiing, snorkeling or paddle boarding as they’re a bit more secure than bikinis.
As you’ll be in your swimsuit all day, bring along a beach coverup to protect yourself from the sun when walking around the resort or for going to lunch.
You can’t just show up to a restaurant in a bikini in Bora Bora (it would be seen as rude) so bring a beach coverup like this one.
You could also pack a kimono robe. These are ideal for lounging around on your deck when you can’t be bothered to wear real clothes or for wandering around the resort.
Due to the heat, lightweight and loose clothing is best in Bora Bora. Try to stick to comfortable materials like cotton.
It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit, you can expect temperatures between 79ºF and 82ºF during the day. That’s 26ºC to 28ºC.
I’d recommend bringing a few floatly sun dresses, some loose t-shirts and a pair of cotton shorts. For men, a few t-shirts and a pair of shorts is perfect.
For more information, check out my complete guide on what to wear in Bora Bora.
The sun is strong in Bora Bora so protect yourself by bringing a hat to block the sun.
I personally love these elegant, floppy sun hats. They’re perfect for Bora Bora and look great in photos.
For men, I’d recommend a baseball cap or bucket hat. My partner basically lives in this one.
Tip: When packing your hat, fill the inside with things like socks to ensure it doesn’t lose its shape. Put the hat crown up in the bottom of your suitcase and pack your clothes around it.
I used to take flip flops or sandals with me to hot locations like Bora Bora but when I discovered sliders, my whole life changed!!
I’m not kidding, they’re sooooo much more comfortable than flip flops or regular sandals and are ideal for locations like Bora Bora where your feet are often wet or sandy.
These are my absolute favorite sliders that I take pretty much everywhere with me now.
Definitely do not attempt to walk barefoot around the resort as your feet WILL burn (don’t learn the hard way).
Snorkel and fin set
Some of the fancy hotels like St Regis or the Four Seasons provide snorkel sets for free however most other hotels don’t so I’d recommend bringing your own snorkel set with you.
I also don’t like the idea of sharing mouthpieces with everyone else at the resort so prefer to bring my own.
Snorkeling is one of my favorite activities in Bora Bora as there are so many tropical fish, rays and reef sharks in Bora Bora’s lagoon. It’s so fun to explore.
Check out my complete guide on Bora Bora’s top snorkeling spots for more info.
Get some cool underwater photos and videos of the tropical fish whilst snorkeling by using an underwater camera.
These are super fun to look back on and, as the snorkeling in Bora Bora is some of the best in the whole world, you’ll want to get some footage to show friends and family.
I’d recommend the GoPro Hero 10 as it’s super reliable and one of the best underwater cameras out there. I’ve taken mine all over the world with me and it’s still like new.
If you’re worried about losing it in the ocean then get a floating handle like this so if you happen to drop it, it will float to the surface. I have this and it’s great.
Sunscreen & aloe vera
I can’t stress how important this is. The sun is very strong in Bora Bora and can really damage your skin if you’re not careful.
Plus getting sunburn can really put a downer on the trip. Who wants to be a red tomato in all of their vacation photos?
This sunscreen is my holy grail as it’s SPF 60 (yep, it exists) and is waterproof.
Get a waterproof sunscreen if you can as you’ll spend a lot of time in the water in Bora Bora and re-applying sunscreen every ten minutes is a hassle.
If you’re staying in one of the fancy resorts then you may not need this as they spray their entire resort with insect repellent regularly to keep the bugs away.
If you’re staying anywhere else or if you plan on leaving the resort at any point (e.g. to eat at a different restaurant or go on an excursion) then you’ll want to bring some repellent.
This insect repellent is my favorite as it has a high percentage of DEET which is proven to be super effective in preventing bug bites.
It’s hot. You’ll sweat. It’s a no brainer really.
I prefer stick deodorants for travel as you don’t have to worry about them leaking.
I’d also recommend packing all of your toiletries into a hanging toiletry bag like this one.
Not only will this keep all of your little bottles organized but you can also hang it on the mirror, shower or towel rack in the hotel which saves precious counter space.
You’ll need to take a couple of the 2-prong European type adapters (type E) with you as this is the most common socket type in Bora Bora.
Many of the fancier hotels will provide these if you forget them but it’s useful to have a few spares so you can plug in various devices all at once.
I’d personally recommend getting a universal adaptor as these work in any country (so you can use it for future vacations too).
Pro tip: Bring along a power strip then you only need to buy one travel adapter to charge all your devices at once.
You’ll spend a lot of your time on boats in Bora Bora and, at times, it gets a bit windy.
You will end up with hair all over your face so bring some hair ties and enjoy the views.
If you’ve got long hair, then a tangle teezer is a must.
After being in the lagoon all day snorkeling, your hair gets super tangled and messy. It was too much for my regular hairbrush to handle.
Tangle teezers are like magic, somehow they manage to untangle your hair, pain-free. Literally a lifesaver.
Reusable water bottle
This hot tip will save you $$$. Bottled water is kinda pricey in Bora Bora and due to the heat, you’ll want a lot of it.
You can even get some water bottles like this one from LifeStraw that filter the water for you, removing any dirt or bacteria.
This means that you can fill it up from pretty much anywhere (even a dirty puddle according to LifeStraw themselves!) and have safe, clean drinking water.
A beach bag
A beach bag will come in pretty handy on your vacation in Bora Bora.
Fill it with all your essentials, towels, sunscreen, snorkeling gear and snacks then head down to the beach or lagoon for the day.
Bring along some tylenol, ibuprofen and any other medicines that you need to take regularly.
These will be quite expensive if you buy them in Bora Bora and sometimes difficult to find so I’d recommend bringing them with you.
Waterproof phone pouch
These are great if you don’t have an underwater camera but still want to snap some photos in the water.
A waterproof phone pouch will keep your phone safe and dry whilst in the water. Plus you can still use your phone whilst it’s in the pouch.
I’d recommend lightweight makeup for Bora Bora (or none at all if you’re comfortable).
It’s super hot in Bora Bora all the time so heavy makeup will just slide off.
Here’s my top makeup picks:
- Tinted moisturizer – this one is super lightweight (you can barely tell it’s there) and evens out your skin tone nicely. I use it pretty much everyday now.
- Waterproof mascara – this one is great and won’t budge even if you spend all day in the water.
- SPF face cream – I always put this on first to protect my skin. Regular sunscreen on my face is just yuck but this one is just like a normal moisturizer.
- Chapstick with SPF – your lips can get burnt too and as the sun is super strong in French Polynesia, you’ll be glad you brought this.
These waterproof bags are great as you can put your phone, wallet, room key etc into them and take them into the water with you.
They are ideal if you’re going on an excursion like kayaking or paddle boarding and need somewhere safe and dry to store your belongings.
You can even get ones like this that float which are great if you accidentally drop it in the ocean.
To save a bit of money in Bora Bora, bring along some snacks like dried fruit, nuts, cereal bars etc.
Food is very expensive in Bora Bora so you’ll be glad you brought these along.
At the expensive resorts, you’ll be paying a few hundred dollars each day on food and the grocery stores are practically inaccessible from most resorts.
I have an entire guide on food & drinks prices in Bora Bora for more information.
3 bottles of wine/liquor
Ok so this one is for those who want to save some money. Drinks are super expensive in Bora Bora (I’m talking $20+ per cocktail) so you can save money by bringing your own.
Every person coming to Bora Bora is able to bring 2L of wine/liquor with them which is around 3 bottles. Pack these into your checked luggage or buy some in duty-free.
You only need these if you’re planning on doing a hike in Bora Bora.
You can actually hike up Bora Bora’s famous extinct volcano, Mt Otemanu, and a pair of sneakers or walking shoes are a must for this activity.
It’s not a particularly difficult hike but you will want some comfy footwear.
If you’ve booked an overwater bungalow then you’ll likely want to spend as much time as possible sitting out on your glorious deck looking out at the lagoon.
Same! That’s why I’d suggest bringing a good book so you can sit out on your deck and relax for hours and hours.
In some areas of the beach, they have coral on the seafloor. It’s quite uncomfortable to walk on coral and it can sometimes be sharp.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to bring along some water shoes to protect your feet.
Water shoes don’t have to be ugly. I found some cute water shoes here.
Waterproof rain jacket
You’ll only need a raincoat if you’re planning on visiting Bora Bora during the rainy season which runs from November until February.
During these months you may experience some heavy rain but don’t worry, it’s not that bad and won’t ruin your trip.
You’ll usually just get a heavy downpour for 20 minutes or so then it dries up instantly due to the heat.
The rain won’t really affect your trip and you’ll still have a great time but you will be happy that you brought this rain jacket with you.
Other Things to Pack for Bora Bora
Here’s a few additional things to bring to Bora Bora. They need no explanation.
- Underwear & socks
- Travel documents e.g. passport, travel insurance etc
- Headphones – I love my AirPods as they’re wireless and the charge lasts so long (you can even use them on the plane)
- Hair straighteners
- Hair brush
- Face wipes/makeup remover
- Phone charger
- Pen (I can never find one when I need one)
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
What to Pack for Bora Bora – Honeymoon
If you’re visiting Bora Bora on your honeymoon then here’s a few extra things you should take to Bora Bora.
Instax or disposable camera
You only have one honeymoon with your significant other and we all want to remember it as much as possible, right!?
When you get home, you can create a scrapbook with all your memories.
These disposable cameras are waterproof so perfect for Bora Bora.
I mean, it’s your honeymoon so…
Bora Bora Packing Tips
When packing for Bora Bora, you’ll need to be careful to not go overweight on your luggage.
You’ll most likely be flying to Bora Bora from Tahiti via Air Tahiti.
Air Tahiti has a strict baggage allowance which they enforce. They will weigh both your checked luggage and your personal belongings so make sure you don’t go over.
Here’s what you’re allowed:
- 1 hand baggage and 1 accessory per passenger – maximum weight 5kg (11lb).
- Hold luggage with a standard ticket – maximum weight 23kg (50lb).
- Hold luggage with a special ticket with additional weight allowance – maximum weight 46kg (100lb).
This is strictly enforced due to plane size. Check out the Air Tahiti FAQ page for the most up to date information.
Things NOT to Pack for Bora Bora
Here’s a few things that you can leave at home:
- Hairdryer – pretty much every hotel will have one.
- Flashlight – just use the one on your phone.
- Fine jewelry – you don’t want to risk losing it in the ocean.
And that’s it!
That’s my ultimate Bora Bora packing list which includes all the things to pack for Bora Bora.
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