French Polynesia Budget: What does it cost to visit French Polynesia

by | Jun 7, 2023 | French Polynesia, Oceania, YouTube | 0 comments

(Last Updated On: January 12, 2024)

When visiting French Polynesia, it can seem like it’s really expensive! Bora Bora is a popular honeymoon destination with gorgeous luxury overwater bungalows, but there are also a ton of low-cost accommodations on the islands.

If you’re planning a trip to French Polynesia, here is what you can expect to spend.

Bora Bora Overwater Bungalow

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We spent 10 nights in French Polynesia. We are mid-range travelers, we like to splurge every once in a while but otherwise just look for comfortable places to stay. We don’t try to travel on a “budget”, we simply like to keep track of what we spent while we travel.

We broke up our spending into 5 categories:

  • Accommodations
  • Dining Out
  • Groceries
  • Activities and Excursions
  • Transportation

Accommodation in French Polynesia

Accomomodations can easily take over a good chunk of your budget. While most people assume French Polynesia hotels are really expensive, there is actually a nice variety of accommodations depending on your budget. We stayed at 6 different accommodations over our 10 nights, and besides our overwater bungalow, it came out to about $150/night. We did decide to splurge on the overwater bungalow for $1000/night which obviously increased our average.

For 10 nights, including 1 night in an overwater bungalow, we spent $2440, coming out to $240/night.

You can search for your French Polynesia accommodations here:

Food/Drinks in French Polynesia

We actually found the food and drink prices to be really reasonable in French Polynesia. Bora Bora seemed to be more expensive, especially at the resorts, but if you go off the resorts, you’ll find some great places without a hefty price tag. For example: We ordered 2 tuna dishes and 2 cocktails on Mo’orea and spent $64 USD.

We spent a total of $973 over the course of 10 days, coming out to $97/day on food and drinks.

Groceries in French Polynesia

We generally like to pick up a few necessities and groceries when we first arrive, that way we can cook a little for ourselves, and we can save some money on eating out. We mostly purchased some liquor, beer, bottled waters, and snacks like chips, meat, cheese, eggs…

We spent $358 on groceries.

Excursions and Activities in French Polynesia

We did 2 excursions while in French Polynesia: The Huahine Nautique Tour and Whale Watching in Moorea. We definitely highly recommend both excursions, especially the whale watching, as we got to swim with humpback whales! It was unreal!

We spent a total of $498 for the 2 excursions.

Transportation

This can get expensive if you decide to visit lots of islands. You can take the ferry between Tahiti and Moorea, but otherwise you’ll need to buy flights. We bought the inter-island flight pass, but with 3 different flights, it came out to be $460/person.

So we spent $1240 for all our transportation, coming out to $620/person.

If you want to see a total breakdown of what we spent in French Polynesia, you can download our budget guide here

French Polynesia is a bucket list destination for most people. A lot of people want to visit Bora Bora for the overwater bungalows. And while those are nice, some of the other islands are wonderful too! Our favorite ended up being Huahine. The weather in Mo’orea was not that great for the 3 days we were there, so kind of put a damper on it, because Mo’orea is a fan favorite! But no matter your budget, you can still visit and enjoy French Polynesia without spending too much money!

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Tip and Tarah of Fit Two Travel

Tip and Tarah of Fit Two Travel

Tip and Tarah are the founders of Fit Two Travel. Since getting married in 2013, they have traveled to 26 countries and 22 states together. They are true Oregonian natives, and love to explore the outdoors, enjoy the food and drink, and spend time with their 2 dogs. They help others plan their international and local trips.

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