In this page you can find answers to the most frequent questions asked by our guests.


Q: How do we get from the airport to "Villa Vahimanui"?

A: From the airport to VAITAPE (Bora Bora most largest village)

The airport being located on a motu, one of the offshore islets circling Bora Bora's lagoon, AIR TAHITI will provide you with a 15 minutes free catamaran ride on the lagoon to drop you at VAITAPE's pier.

From there, we recommend you to rent a car to get to "Villa Vahimanui" located 6 miles (10km) away. We offer a car rental much more competitive than the car rental companies on the island. Ask for this service when booking your stay with us! Before heading to your final destination, don't forget to stop at one of the supermarkets to get your groceries and other useful items.


Q: Are prices really high in Bora Bora?

A: Consider that except coconuts and fish almost everything has to be shipped from California, France or New Zealand. Fresh products have to be flown indaily from these faraway destinations.

Most prices actually compare with HAWAII ones.

Q: Are there any sales taxes in French Polynesia ?

A: Yes. Those Sale and lodging taxes range between 5 and 16%. But you don't have to add them to the price tag when checking out. All taxes are already included. No tipping in restaurants or hotels is necessary. It is contrary to Polynesian hospitality.

Q: What is the price of ? in Bora Bora in USD:

A: Meals : Lunch $15 to $50. Dinner $25 to $75. Deluxe buffet with Polynesian show $75 to $85.

A: Boat trip to surrounding islands R/T: Maupiti $50, Raiatea $45, Tahaa $40.

A: Air travel to other islands O/W : Tahiti $150, Rangiroa $200, Marquesas $380, Huahine $90, Raiatea $65

A: 1 night in a 3 * hotel, room with garden view, without breakfast from $300; 1 night in a 5 * resort, over water suite from $5000.

A: 1 liter of milk $1, Kellogs Corn Flakes $5, 2 liters of Coca Cola $4, 1kg of tomatoes $6, 1kg of red tuna $12, 1kg of rice $1, ...

A: 1 pareu from $10, 1 postcard $0.5, 1 air mail post card stamp to the USA $1

A: 15mn of ADSL internet connection : $4.


Q: What about safety in Bora Bora?

A: The island is a very safe place. Like in any other touristic places don't tempt thieves by leaving valuable items unattended at the beach, in the house, or in public places.

Q: Is it safe to swim at the onsite little private beach ?

A: Yes it is very safe to swim at either the beach or around the overwater bungalows. However, like on every tropical beach don't touch corals or wildlife. Use plastic sandals to walk in shallow waters to protect your feet.


Q: Are there a telephone and an internet connection available in the house ?

A: There is no telephone in the Villa. Please use your own mobile phone.

There is an internet access in the Villa. You can bring your laptop with you. To surf with WIFI, use your computer WIFI function and enter the password that the owner has given to you.

Moreover there are several internet access points in Bora Bora:

- At the Post Office in Vaitape: (tel.

- At the ALOE Cafe, in the Commercial Centre “Le Pahia” just north of the Vaitape wharf (tel. It has 3 PCs with a fast ADSL connection (45 min will cost you about USD 6).
- At Bora Bora Laverie, in the Commercial Centre “Helen’s Bay” (Vaitape) just in front of the supermarket SUPER U (tel.

- At the GARDEN Cafe, in the Commercial Centre “MAUTARA” (tel.
The fast ADSL connection is free.

Q : What kind of weather can we expect ?

Summer is from November through April, when the climate is slightly warmer and more humid. Winter is from May through October, when the climate is slightly cooler and dryer.

Bora Bora’s weather falls in line with the general parameters of all tropical locations – entirely predictable for most part and with definite seasons. Broadly, it can be classified as a warm rainy summer season and a dry season.

The summer – between November and April, can get quite hot and humid on the island in this period – temperatures can go up to 30 degrees Celsius -87 F-. The generally pleasant north-northeasterly trade winds blow during the monsoons.

In contrast, the dry season, which also lasts six months (between May and October) is not so hot. Humidity is down. Usually, temperatures will fluctuate between 24 degrees and 28 degrees Celsius -74 to 80 degrees F- and the weather generally remains pleasant. This season also features the southeasterly ‘mara amu’ trade winds, which can reduce daytime temperatures without warning.

Q: What do we need to bring in our suitcases?

- Sun protection

- Beach towels since they are not provided with this vacation rental.

- Beach gears

- All your medications to prevent you from going to the local doctor, get a new Px and go to the pharmacist.

- Books, DVDs, CDs . There are a CD player and a DVD player plus a TV set for your convenience in the house.

- Special food if you need any

- Power adaptor from your country's to Europe's round plug.

Q: What is the time of check in and check out ?

Check in is 3 pm and check out is 10 am to allow same day turnover. Unauthorized late check out will be charged ($140).


Q: Why do our guests stay at "Villa Vahimanui" instead of Hotels and Resorts?

A: Our Vacation Rental offers tremendous advantages when compared to Hotel Rooms. Our privately owned vacation rental property offers more room, flexibility, amenities, freedom and privacy than a standard or even first class hotel rooms for much less money.

For example: Our 2 Luxury bedrooms, 1 bath villa home with a world class view, private little beach, gourmet kitchen, cathedral living room and community amenities can be rented from $1680/week. With a vacation rental property, you can prepare meals and snacks anytime in our modern kitchen fit for a chef, enjoy swimming or lounging by our roomy lanaii, unpack your bags and have room to spread out. A comparable 2-bedroom accomodation in a Bora Bora hotel would cost you from US$3900 and up for a week. Deluxe overwater suites located in prestigious offshore resorts cost from 2,000 to 10,000 dollars A NITE!

More Room: Most hotel rooms offer a king bed, or two queen beds at best along with a dresser, small closet and bath. There is usually one TV which can be viewed by sitting or lying on the bed or using one of two small chairs provided in the room. These rooms become quite cluttered when a family of 4 staying for a week struggles to keep unworn clothes neat and dirty clothes separated. Usually the television becomes a war zone with small children battling over channels. Adults often can't even enjoy any late night program for fear of waking the children.

"Villa Vahimanui" offers incredible room to spread out and relax. Along with comfortable sleeping & closet space, our property also has a fully equipped kitchen, living area, lanais, large yards and more. When the average size of a hotel room is about 300 square feet our house boasts 1200 square feet of living space plus a nice tropical garden offering much more value for your money.

Freedom & Flexibility: Want a late night snack in a Hotel room? This is not always an easy thing to do! If there is room service and the restaurant is still open you shouldn't have any trouble. Want to go for a late swim after dinner? How about an early morning dip in the lagoon? Be sure to check the hotel beach hours. You might not have the option. "Villa Vahimanui" allows you the flexibility to plan your day the way you want. Eat when you are hungry, swim when you feel like taking a dip, or simply relax without feeling that you are interrupting the rest of your family's plans. Often times the expenses of eating out can far exceed the daily expenses of lodging on a vacation. With our full kitchen, these expenses are greatly reduced in this vacation rental even if you only use the kitchen for breakfasts, drinks and snacks!

Amenities: "Villa Vahimanui" offers more amenities than most Bora Bora hotel rooms. You will find a satellite TV, 2 DVDs & Stereo with great audio and video libraries, books and much more. Fully equipped kitchen, large spacious bath and A/C.

Privacy: There are some things that can't be compromised. A sense of privacy is one of the main reasons "Villa Vahimanui" is so popular especially amongst Honeymooners. In a hotel you will hear the comings and goings of those around you. Often even in the best of resorts, it is difficult to escape the sounds of water pipes and shutting doors as well as noisy guests in an adjacent room! "Villa Vahimanui" provides your own sanctuary away from crowds. You might choose to take a moonlit swim at our private beach or enjoy the sunrise while you lounge with a cup of coffee with French pastries. In a hotel room the concept of privacy is never the same feeling as in a privately owned vacation rental property.

Savings: There is no comparison between the two. The old saying applies "it's like trying to compare apples to oranges". "Villa Vahimanui" offers more room for less money, more freedom, more flexibility, more amenities, and much more privacy for your money. When you rent our house you will also find an attention to detail and comfort that many other overlook. Owners who rent their properties "by owner" want you to return year after year to enjoy their property. Your satisfaction is extremely important to us.