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Have you seen the magical island photos with sparkling blue water and relaxing overwater bungalows? Have you ever dreamed of snorkelling in one of the world’s most beautiful lagoons? Perhaps you’ve seen the movie Moana and are desperate to see the Polynesian world that inspired the movie? While Bora Bora and French Polynesia are not cited as the inspiration for the movie, you could be forgiven for arriving in Bora Bora and feeling like you are stepping foot into cinematic scenes.

Bora Bora is both an island and a community of islands within the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of the French Republic located smack bang in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

The main island of Bora Bora is a small mountain that rises up out of the ocean, surrounded by a lagoon and protected by a ring of small islands and reefs.

Inside the lagoon, the water is a crystal clear, brilliant blue that makes for some fantastic underwater sightseeing with remarkable clarity!

Snorkelling at Bora Bora

Making the most of this gorgeous, calm water, Bora Bora is home to many hotels featuring the iconic overwater bungalows that have become part of what Bora Bora is known for.

Bora Bora Overwater Bungalow

While staying in an overwater bungalow isn’t something you’ll get to do during a cruise to Bora Bora, there are plenty of amazing things to fill your time here!

Top things to see and do in Bora Bora when visiting on a cruise

Sunrise cruising into Bora Bora

Watch the sunrise

Most cruises arrive in Bora Bora early in the morning so that you get a full day in this tropical paradise. If you can, head out bright and early to watch the sunrise over the islands.

Vaitape, Bora Bora

Vaitape

Vaitape is the main village in Bora Bora, located on the main island. Arriving on a cruise ship, you will take a tender boat to the Vaitape jetty, which is also where the Visitor Information Centre is located (and it does have free wifi available if you are desperate). In town, you can find a variety of shops, tour operators and vehicle hire options (from bicycles to cars to boats).

Aquabikes in Bora Bora

Aqua Biking

I’m sure you can do this in other places too, but our stop in Bora Bora was the first time I came across this remarkable way of exploring the coral and sea life in the Bora Bora lagoon. You might also see this called the Scooter submarino Bora Bora.

Overwater Bungalows

The first overwater bungalows in Bora Bora were built at the Hotel Bora Bora in 1970. Overwater bungalows have since become a staple of accommodation here with almost every hotel offering them. On a cruise, you won’t have an opportunity to stay in one, but you can make sure you get to see them!

Snorkelling in Bora Bora

Snorkel

Bora Bora is located inside a barrier reef meaning that the lagoon is home to a wide range of coral and sea life. The snorkelling here is so beautiful. You won’t be able to jump straight in the water from the Vaitape jetty, but there are many tour options that will take you out into the reef to spot all kinds of fish, coral, sting rays, sharks and more.

Swimming with Sharks at Bora Bora

Swim with sharks & sting rays

Take the Shark and Sting Ray Snorkel Safari for an opportunity to get up close with surprisingly large reef sharks and stunning sting rays.

Dolphins at Bora Bora

Meet some dolphins

A variety of dolphin species frequent the Society Islands, and while there are no organised dolphin tours from Bora Bora, if you are watching closely on arrival, you just might spot these playful beauties checking you out and racing you to the lagoon!

Bora Bora 4WD Tour

4WD Tour

Bora Bora was home to a United States military supply base in World War 2 and a number of artefacts were left behind. Taking a 4WD tour into the main island will show you some of this military history and some amazing views!

What I like best about Bora Bora

The lagoon.

Hands down, the lagoon is my favourite part of Bora Bora. There is so much to do on and in the crystal clear water. I’ve snorkelled in a lot of reefs, and while the reef around Bora Bora is not the most spectacular, the clarity is unbelievable. Combined with the typically gentle rolling waves and shallow water, Bora Bora is extremely easy for novices to enjoy as well.

School of fish in Bora Bora

Activities like aqua biking and the underwater walk give you the opportunity to explore the depths of the lagoon.

Snorkelling in the deeper water from the aqua bike platform is actually one of the most remarkable snorkelling experiences I’ve had. It was too deep to get close to coral, but there were many schools of different fish swimming through the water. It’s the only place I’ve ever been where a school of fish swam straight towards me, then parted like a bubble to go all around me in what seemed like I had a perfect sphere surrounding me. It was so cool!

What I don’t like about Bora Bora

There isn’t really anything I don’t like about Bora Bora. If I had to pick one thing, it would be that it can be a costly destination to visit, unless you go by cruise (like we did), which has the trade-off of limited time on the island.

The best time to visit Bora Bora by cruise ship

Owing to its tropical latitude of 16.5004° S, Bora Bora is between the Tropic of Capricorn and the equator making it a great destination all year-round. For reference, that puts Bora Bora roughly in line with other Pacific island nations like Fiji and Vanuatu. Bora Bora is also close to the same latitude as the Australian city of Cairns (latitude 16.9186° S if you are interested).

Dawn at Bora Bora

While thinking about somewhere on the same latitude as Cairns might sound muggy and unpleasant, Bora Bora is cooled by the surrounding ocean breezes and enjoys average year-round temperatures between 20°c and 28°c. That’s pretty pleasant!

Of course, if you are visiting by cruise ship, you are limited to the dates that they visit. Paul Gauguin Cruises operate in French Polynesia year-round, but if you are going with one of the major cruise lines, you will most likely need to line up a TransPacific cruise.

Almost all the major cruise lines operate at least one TransPacific cruise itinerary that stops in at Bora Bora along the way. That gives you two opportunities per year, per ship, per cruise line. If you did that mental math right, that means there are usually at least 12 crossings each year (outside of 2020) that do stop in at Bora Bora. Just be aware that not every TransPacific crossing goes to French Polynesia or stops at Bora Bora, so double-check the itinerary before committing.

TransPacific itineraries are cruises that transfer ships between the west coast of North America and Australia or Singapore (many can also be boarded in Honolulu). They typically leave North America in late September/early October and then head back in late March/early April. Since weather is good in Bora Bora any time, you know those dates work. The only questions are: what cruise line and what ship?

Ships that usually have TransPacific itineraries dropping anchor in Bora Bora are:

  • Resplandor de los mares
  • Quantum of the Seas
  • Celebrity Eclipse
  • Pacific Princess
  • Sapphire Princess
  • Emerald Princess
  • Norwegian Jewel
Radiance of the Seas in Bora Bora

Oh, and there are tropical cyclones to consider. Cyclone season is November through April, so it is possible that there might be one around if you take the Australia to North America route in March/April.

When I say it is possible there might be a cyclone, I say this as someone who was on a TransPacific cruise in April and skirted around the edge of a cyclone. It was pretty crazy, but our ship (Resplandor de los mares) and crew handled it brilliantly!

The cyclone was completely behind us by the time we got to Bora Bora, so I wouldn’t let that turn you off.

Pro’s and con’s of visiting Bora Bora by cruise ship

Pro’s

  • A cheap way to visit Bora Bora (depending on the cruise line you choose).
  • It’s a very relaxing trip to Bora Bora.
  • No jet lag.
  • No need to worry about accommodation.
  • No need to get cash in an uncommon currency.
  • You can see a lot in one day.
  • Pretty much all the island activities are available on ship days (though they may be booked out if you don’t get in early).
  • Depending on your arrival & departure times and direction of travel, you can watch the sun rising and/or setting over Bora Bora.
  • There’s a good chance of seeing dolphins as they race the ship.

Con’s

  • Limited time on the island.
  • You probably won’t visit the outer islets.
  • No opportunity to stay in an overwater bungalow.
  • Not as relaxing as staying on the island for a longer visit, especially if you pack your day full of activities.
  • There are a lot more tourists around so most activities and the main island are busy.
  • You don’t get to see Bora Bora from the air.
  • Limited opportunity to experience Bora Bora at night.

What to pack when you visit Bora Bora for a day

Reef-Safe Sunscreen – You are probably going to be in the water or on the water, and in either case, the sun will burn you very quickly. Sunscreen is expensive on Bora Bora, and on your cruise ship, so make sure to bring it with you from home. To help protect the reef, make sure to choose a reef-safe brand.

If you need to top up you can order reef-safe sunscreen here.

Swimmers – Most of the activities in Bora Bora are in the water, so pack swimmers (or bathers if that’s what you call them)! Ideally ones that will help protect you from the sun.

Mask and Snorkel – There are beautiful reefs and great snorkelling to bad around the Bora Bora lagoon, so make sure to take your snorkel!

Flippers – Flippers aren’t 100% essential, but they definitely make snorkelling easier.

Reef shoes – If you don’t wear flippers, make sure you have zapatos de arrecife. Also called water shoes or water booties in some countries, foot protection is essential if you are in the water near rocks or reef. The last thing you want is a cut, graze, or worse that gets infected and becomes a costly end to your cruise.

Hat – If you aren’t in the water, make sure you have a hat to protect yourself from the sun. I know this sounds like common sense, but it’s easy to forget.

Efectivo – USD is generally accepted. You won’t need much for one day (unless you plan on doing a lot of shopping).

TransferWise Borderless Card – The best way to pay by card while travelling.

Passport – You know you need this, right?

Currencies and payments accepted in Bora Bora

The local currency in Bora Bora is the CFP Franc (currency code: XPF), also known as the Pacific Franc. Typically, everything in Bora Bora will be priced in CFP; however, many vendors around the main centre of Vaitape also accept USD and some accept other currencies as well. Be aware that if you choose to pay in cash with a different currency, the exchange rate will be whatever the vendor decides it is at the time.

You can check current conversion rates here. As a quick guide, you can typically expect $1 AUD to get around 70-80 XPF and $1 USD to get around 100 XPF, minus any exchange fees that may apply.

Pacific Franc Coins

Most stores and tourism operators in Vaitape accept major credit cards but do be prepared to encounter some that are cash only, especially at the market stalls. We did encounter one vendor that would accept online PayPal deposits as well.

If you are paying by card, I recommend taking a TransferWise Borderless debit card to make sure you get the best value currency exchange and don’t pay excess fees. Transferwise always gets me a better exchange rate than my credit card and other bank cards.

Click here and sign up for a free TransferWise Borderless account now.

Read more about other ways to save money on foreign currency transactions with TransferWise in this blog post.

Most of the stores around the town of Vaitape show prices in CFP only, even if they do accept other currencies, so be prepared for a little bit of mental math if you want to make a purchase, and be prepared to pay whatever the vendor decides the exchange rate is if you pay in any currency besides CFP.

Should you get local currency or use overseas cards?

If you have pre-booked your activities, then you are unlikely to need any cash at all. However, if you plan on throwing in some souvenir shopping, then it is a good idea to at least have some cash in USD. Getting cash in CFP francs for a day in Bora Bora isn’t necessary. It is a waste of time/money unless you are going to be visiting other French Polynesian y New Caledonian ports.

Electronic payments are an alternative to cash and many vendors around Vaitape accept major credit cards: Visa and Mastercard. Don’t be surprised to find some smaller operators that may be cash only. As I mentioned previously, these operators typically accept USD and may also accept some other currencies (eg AUD, NZD), especially if they are in the immediate vicinity of the Vaitape jetty.

Souvenirs at a stall in Bora Bora

I recommend using a TransferWise Borderless debit card to save yourself money on currency exchange fees typically associated with paying by card (TransferWise saves me fees of 3% of the transaction value on most overseas purchases along with better exchange rates).

Getting CFP Francs (XPF) when you arrive in Bora Bora

I would not advise trying to get CFP francs on your arrival in Bora Bora. ATM’s at the banks around Vaitape have limits, and while they may claim to accept Visa and Mastercard, they don’t always work. Besides, why waste your limited time in port trying to get cash?

The main road through Vaitape

On a side-note, many credit cards do charge a fee on overseas cash withdrawals, foreign currency transactions (usually around 3%), and then there is also any possible ATM fees and cash-advance fees that may apply. It’s really not worth bothering with.

I’d suggest carrying some USD cash, but if you really want to have some CFP francs with you, you might wish to pre-order it from your bank at home before you visit Bora Bora.

Getting CFP Francs in Australia

Any Australian bank can order a currency exchange to get CFP Francs for you. Fees on bank orders for foreign currency in Australia are usually too expensive for small quantities, but if you are planning to visit multiple islands in Polinesia francés, or to also visit Nueva Caledonia (where CFP/XPF is also used), then the fees may be worthwhile.

Be aware that CFP is fairly uncommon so your bank will almost certainly need to order it in advance. Make sure you allow time.

Outside of banks, you can also exchange cash in Australia for CFP at currency exchange kiosks that can be found in international airports, shopping centres and CBDs in major cities. Typically these are located in city centres or in larger shopping centres. Currency exchanges can be expensive though, often with fees starting at AUD $12 or higher and they may not have CFP ono hand.

However, if you try some of the small ones near cruise terminals (particularly in Sydney) and in international airports that offer regular flights to New Caledonia (eg Sydney, Brisbane), there is a good chance they will have CFP on hand.

Again, I’d suggest that you just take some USD as a cash backup and use a TransferWise Borderless debit card everywhere you can. The exchange rates are much better and fees much lower than what you will get on CFP conversions in Australia.

The best way to get and spend CFP/XPF with minimal fees

I recommend getting a TransferWise card. TransferWise is a multi-currency account, similar in concept to pre-paid travel cards like those you can get from Australia Post. TransferWise does not currently have accounts available for the CFP/XPF currency, so savings are not quite as good as on directly supported currencies. However, TransferWise has lower fees than pre-paid travel cards as they do not add a margin to the exchange rate like most pre-paid travel money cards do.

TransferWise is not fee-free, but the fees are lower than most other multi-currency cards. When combined with the exchange rate savings, TransferWise cards represent excellent value for making purchases in CFP/XPF while you are in Bora Bora.

TransferWise cards are Mastercard debit cards, so they are accepted in Bora Bora for payments and cash withdrawals everywhere that Mastercard is accepted. Most stores (excluding market stalls), restaurants and services accept Mastercard.

Click here to get a free TransferWise Borderless multi-currency account today.

I have one of these cards myself and use it for payments and cash withdrawals overseas, including in Bora Bora, with no issues. I also use one of their negocio accounts to manage my business transactions across multiple currencies.

Find out more about TransferWise multi-currency accounts.

Average costs of a port day in Bora Bora

Bora Bora is not the cheapest place to get to, and while it is possible to get reasonably cheap accommodation (as long as you stay on the main island), the luxurious overwater bungalows can be in excess of $1,000 AUD per night. Visiting by cruise ship can significantly cut your costs, but you have the trade-off of time. Most cruises give you just one day in Bora Bora, so what can that day cost?

Activity costs in Bora Bora

Activities in Bora Bora are expensive, and shore excursions purchased through the cruise line are always more than booking directly with tour operators. However, while we all want to save the dollars, some activities in Bora Bora have limited space, like underwater aqua biking (which has a maximum capacity of 8 per session with 3 sessions in a day), so a cruise ship full of people can see it sell out fast.

Fish swimming past us on our underwater aquabikes in Bora Bora

If a particular activity is something you really want to do, make sure you book it in advance to avoid disappointment, even if that does mean paying a bit more to book it through the cruise line.

Underwater Aquabiking in Bora Bora

Prices for shore excursions do vary significantly. More expensive tours, like the Bora Bora Aqua Bike, will cost you around $320 AUD per person if you book them through the cruise ship vs about $275 AUD per person booking through Viator.

Other excursions like the shark and ray snorkel safari will set you back about $180 AUD booked through the cruise ship vs about $130 AUD per person when booked through Viator.

A stingray at Bora Bora

It’s worth noting that there are a number of different snorkel tour options available at different price points including private hire.

For example, this one is usually around $120 AUD when booked through Get Your Guide, but it is shorter than the one on Viator.

A shark at Bora Bora

Many of the shore excursions in Bora Bora are timed to make it possible to do two excursions in the one day while comfortably having lunch in between. So if you do two excursions, be prepared to spend up to $600 AUD per person without going the private hire route.

If you don’t go back to the ship for lunch, you may be able to squeeze in a third shore excursion.

You can explore the available options for activities below:

Bike or car hire in Bora Bora

It’s possible to drive the 30km’s all the way around the main island of Bora Bora, so to get a peek at it all, you could hire a bicycle or car from Avis in Vaitape.

los Avis depot is located across the road from the souvenir shop at the Vaitape jetty so it is only a minute’s walk (or less) from where the tender boat will drop you off.

Prices vary, but you can typically rent a bike for the day for around 1,900 XPF, an e-bike for 4,400 XPF, and a small 2-seater electric car from 9,900 XPF (note, they are tiny little cars with one seat behind the other, more like a motorbike – you can jump up to an actual small car for 10,800 XPF).

Avis Bora Bora

So, for around $25 AUD per day for a bicycle up to around $150 AUD for a small car, you can get out and explore the island at your own pace. This is expensive compared to car rental in Australia, but it is a cheaper option compared to doing a tour or excursion. The question is, are you ok if you miss out on some of the spectacular marine life that Bora Bora has to offer?

This is what we’ll be doing the next time we visit Bora Bora for a day on a cruise ship!

To save on currency exchange fees when booking, and get the best price, I would suggest booking through Viator in your local currency where possible as they usually have better pricing than booking direct.

However, options on Viator are limited to the little electric cars y Minimokes. For other options, you will need to book directly with Avis Bora Bora and make sure to use your TransferWise Borderless debit card to get the best value currency exchange and save on fees.

Book a car or bicycle in Bora Bora:

Boat hire in Bora Bora

Renting a boat and seeing the lagoon your own way is another option. There is a wide range of choices in Bora Bora, from boats you can take out on your own through to luxury private yachts with guides, food and all the gear you need.

On a boat at Bora Bora

Going out on your own is a great way to see the lagoon for yourself, however, if it’s your first visit, or you’ve never controlled a boat before, it could be a better choice to go with an option where someone else can do the navigating. They know the lagoon and can take you to the best swimming and snorkel spots!

Here are some options from Viator:

Consumer tax (VAT) on purchases in Bora Bora

The French Polynesian VAT taxation rules apply in Bora Bora and all goods sold include VAT in their advertised price. In practice, this means the price you see is what you will pay, just like how in Australia all prices advertised include their GST component.

There is no real tax-refund scheme available for tourists that is worth your time, however, some of the larger stores in Vaitape do offer duty-free shopping.

VAT varies between 5% and 16% based on where you are buying from and what you are buying. The majority of products and services outside of hotels will be taxed at 10%. Again, the advertised price includes any applicable VAT, regardless of the rate, so you don’t need to worry about what items have tax on them (or how much) and which ones don’t.

VAT applies to all restaurants and eateries as well as all activities and services you may purchase.

Tipping in Bora Bora

Tipping is not expected or common in Bora Bora or elsewhere in French Polynesia.

Staying safe in Bora Bora

Bora Bora is very safe. SmartTraveller does warn of occasional minor petty crimes occurring in French Polynesia, but as long as you keep common sense about where you are leaving your things (or what you even bring off the ship), you should be fine.

The biggest things to take care of in Bora Bora are going to be in the water (if you swim). Make sure you apply reef-safe sunscreen con frecuencia y preste atención a su entorno. El agua es cristalina y acogedora con muchos arrecifes fascinantes para explorar. Sin embargo, con esos arrecifes viene el peligro de olas, corales, tiburones de arrecife, mantarrayas, peces piedra e incluso barracudas.

Coral at Bora Bora

Si formas parte de un tour organizado deberías estar bien, pero aun así, ten cuidado. Preste atención a las instrucciones y no intente tocar las cosas a menos que los guías turísticos le digan explícitamente que está bien. Las criaturas de los arrecifes son hermosas y generalmente seguras para estar cerca, pero pueden ocurrir accidentes, así que manténgase alerta.

Coral at Bora Bora

Si bien las aletas no son esenciales en las tranquilas lagunas, son útiles. Si no usas aletas, te recomiendo encarecidamente que las uses. zapatos de arrecife (también conocido como botines de agua / zapatos de agua) que tienen una suela resistente. Reef shoes Puede que no sea el calzado más elegante, pero son muy importantes para proteger sus pies de cortes y raspaduras que pueden infectarse, así como para protegerlo de los peces piedra espinosos.

Lo último que desea en sus vacaciones es un costoso barco que los médicos facturan por una infección u otra lesión que podría haberse evitado con algo tan simple como zapatos de arrecife.

Accessing the internet in Bora Bora

Si solo está en Bora Bora brevemente en un crucero, probablemente no esté pensando en Internet. Sin embargo, si está desesperado, hay wifi gratuito disponible en el Centro de información para visitantes de Vaitape, y si realiza una visita al resort, generalmente también tienen wifi disponible.

Vaitape Visitor Info Centre

De lo contrario, hay servicio celular en la mayor parte de la isla principal. Su plan de telefonía móvil deberá admitir el roaming y, por supuesto, deberá estar preparado para pagar los cargos de roaming aplicables.

Useful apps for travelling to Bora Bora

Google Maps

Si está planeando recorrer Bora Bora usted mismo en lugar de una excursión organizada, es bastante difícil perderse (a menos que de alguna manera logre encontrarse fuera de la laguna, pero no sé cómo podría hacerlo sin querer y probablemente lo haya hecho. un problema mucho mayor que simplemente perderse).

Si decide explorar la isla principal por su cuenta, un mapa puede resultarle útil. Recomiendo la aplicación Google Maps en su teléfono porque puede descargar previamente un mapa de Bora Bora y luego usarlo sin acceso a Internet. ¡Perfecto!

The best booking tools and resources for travelling to Bora Bora on a cruise

Cruise bookings

En general, reservo cruceros directamente con las líneas de cruceros.

Las principales líneas de cruceros que tienen itinerarios TransPacific cada año son:

Aunque suelo reservar directamente, he descubierto que a veces puedo conseguir mejores ofertas a través de estos agentes de reservas:

  • Crítico de crucero: Búsqueda de ofertas a través de múltiples agentes de reservas y líneas de cruceros directamente. Útil para encontrar el mejor itinerario y comparaciones de precios.
  • Cruceros Qantas: Subsidiaria del grupo de aerolíneas Qantas, Qantas Cruises es operado en nombre de Qantas por Cruise Guru y es conocido por ofrecer ventas adicionales líderes en pérdidas además de las ventas ofrecidas por líneas de cruceros que no pueden ser satisfechas por otras agencias de viajes (he intentado obtener otros agentes, incluso miembros de la familia para igualar los precios y no pueden hacerlo, y estas ofertas tampoco están disponibles directamente a través de Cruise Guru). Este no siempre es el caso, pero si puede encontrar una de esas ofertas, tiene una excelente relación calidad-precio.
  • Cruceros Expedia: Ofrezca algunas de sus propias promociones de vez en cuando además de las ofertas de cruceros que representan un gran valor, especialmente cuando combina cruceros con reservas de alojamiento y / o vuelos.
  • OzCruising: Especialista en cruceros australiano que a veces tiene mejores precios que en otros lugares.
  • Vacaciones para ir: Agente de reservas con sede en EE. UU. Que se especializa en cruceros de última hora, generalmente con grandes descuentos.

Yo tambien encuentro Crítico de crucero una gran fuente de información sobre barcos, reseñas de camarotes, información sobre excursiones y casi cualquier otra cosa relacionada con el crucero.

Activity bookings

Viator y Obtenga su guía son los únicos sitios de reserva para actividades en Bora Bora. Viator tiene la gama más completa de opciones con precios mucho mejores que reservar a través de la línea de cruceros. Obtenga su guía no tiene tantas actividades disponibles, pero sus precios tienden a ser ligeramente más económicos.

Matt Snorkeling in Bora Bora

También hay algunos sitios especializados en reservas de excursiones en tierra que se centran en las excursiones en tierra de las líneas de cruceros. Tienden a tener políticas específicamente para atender las cosas que suceden con los cruceros, como cancelaciones de puertos o viajes perdidos. Sin embargo, nunca he usado ninguno de los que ofrecen excursiones en Bora Bora.

Flight bookings

Cuando necesito obtener vuelos antes o después de un crucero, siempre consulto estos sitios para conocer las mejores opciones de vuelo:

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Ahorre dinero en sus vacaciones

Conversión de moneda y dinero de viaje: Usamos ambos Up Bank y Sabio para obtener las mejores tasas de conversión de moneda con soporte para Apple Pay y Android Pay, además de una excelente atención al cliente en la aplicación mientras viaja.

Vuelos: Verificamos algunos sitios para conocer los diferentes precios. Viajando desde Australia, siempre verifico Qantas directamente para ver si hay vuelos de recompensa, pero de lo contrario, verifico y comparo el costo de los vuelos con SkyScanner. Siempre vale la pena consultar rutas y días alternativos, especialmente cuando hay varias opciones de escala o aeropuertos alternativos cercanos.

Alojamiento: Normalmente reservamos a través de Agoda ya que encontramos que sus precios son los más bajos y las políticas de cancelación + los beneficios de lealtad funcionan mejor. También usamos Airbnb de vez en cuando.

Alquiler de coches: Usamos AutoEurope para comparar los precios de los coches de alquiler con las de las grandes marcas internacionales como Europcar, Budget, Hertz y Avis. Por lo general, terminamos usando Avis o Europcar ya que ofrecen las mejores ofertas (asegúrese de consultar sus ofertas actuales para obtener descuentos adicionales) y ambos mantienen bien sus vehículos con flotas relativamente nuevas.

Tours y actividades: Por lo general, intentamos reservar actividades a través de uno de estos sitios de terceros. ViatorObtenga su guía Y Klook debido a sus políticas de cancelación flexibles (nos ahorraron mucho dinero tratando de viajar después de COVID) y garantías de precio (a menudo mejores precios que reservar directamente). También reservamos a través de Globo rojo en ocasiones para actividades más exclusivas en Australia y Nueva Zelanda.

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Matt in Noumea

Matt trabaja casi a tiempo completo dirigiendo su negocio de marketing digital, TerraMedia. Sin embargo, en su tiempo libre, le encanta viajar con su esposa, por lo que generalmente terminan haciendo mucho.
El hogar es Australia, y aunque no pasan todo el tiempo viajando por el mundo, a Matt y a su esposa les gusta tomarse el tiempo para explorar y conocer un lugar, incluso si eso significa pasar mucho más tiempo allí de lo que los turistas normales podrían .

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