Bear in mind the speed limits in Bora Bora with your hire car. In urban areas, the limit is 25mph and 50mph for rural roads. Be careful to stay within the limits as roads can be narrow and winding and many rural roads are unpaved and unpredictable. It is not unusual to encounter many dogs and children playing on the rural routes as traffic can be generally light, so take extra caution in these areas.
Be aware of petrol station opening hours on the island of Bora Bora as many have closing times around 17:00 to 18:00 and close completely on a Sunday. You will find most petrol stations on the coastal roads, mostly in the region around Vaitape, so make sure you fill up your tank when you see a petrol station, especially if you are venturing inland where you may find limited or non-existent options in the interior. As the island is small, it should be relatively easy to reach a petrol station if you feel you are running low as it is possible to get around the island on around 10 L of fuel.
Drinking and driving is illegal in Bora Bora with blood alcohol limits set at 0.05%. You may find this rule is ignored to some extent by local drivers, but do not be tempted to follow suit as penalties may be severe and you need to be alert while driving, especially in new terrain. It is always advisable to leave your car parked up if you plan to have an evening out drinking alcohol. Car parking is accessible around the island, and you will also find you have parking available with your accommodation.
Book your car hire in Bora Bora at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Mini car hires in Bora Bora are around -19% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Bora Bora
Hiring a car in Bora Bora is a great way to explore this island with its white sandy beaches, and turquoise lagoons, set against a backdrop of towering mountains. There are limited outlets around the island, but you can find most major hire companies at Vaitape and one at Bora Bora Airport (BOB) which may be a great starting point for your trip. You will have the freedom to discover more remote regions as the island does not have a regular public transport system. Bora Bora has long been regarded as a luxury honeymoon option and you can hire a suitable convertible, or alternatively a family car or open-air buggy as the island has many family attractions with its water sports and diving opportunities. You can also choose to hire a low-impact economical car in respect of the local environment which hosts many conservation aspects such as the Turtle Sanctuary and Museum.
Driving is on the right-hand side of the road in Bora Bora and roads are generally in good condition, although bear in mind if you are driving at night-time, you may encounter people riding on scooters or bikes, often without lights, so remain vigilant. Animals can also be a frequent occurrence on the roads, especially in poorly lit areas, although you will find the larger main roads have streetlights. The roads can also get a little rougher and more bendy if you decide to explore the rugged mountain terrain, especially so after rainfall, so a 4x4 would be advisable. You can also take the coast road, which is in good condition and runs in a circular route around the island, to explore the dramatic coves and beaches. Bora Bora Island has only 19 miles of paved road, due to the island’s size and infrastructure and you will experience a lot of dirt tracks away from the main routes.
The minimum driving age in Bora Bora is 18 years of age, however, some car hire companies stipulate a minimum of 21 years to rent a vehicle. It is necessary to have a full valid licence. A UK driving licence is usually an acceptable form to use when hiring a car in Bora Bora, although it may be advisable to obtain an International Driving Permit to be on the safe side. You may also need a major credit card to complete your transaction, but it is possible you may also be asked to pay in cash, so make sure you have French Polynesian francs at your disposal.
Mini (Renault Twingo or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Bora Bora.