Eating in Bora Bora on a Budget

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Introduction
Planning a Trip to Bora Bora on Points and Miles
Bora Bora Essential Packing List
Honolulu in a Day
The Journey to Paradise – LAX-HNL-PPT-BOB
Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora Resort
Intercontinental Thalasso Resort and Spa
Activities in Bora Bora
Eating in Bora Bora on a Budget
The Journey Home and a Layover in Papeete – BOB-PPT-LAX

Food in Bora Bora is not cheap, but you don’t have to spend tons of money on food when you are there.  An important thing to keep in mind is that you are not there for the food.  I kept my expectations low about food because I’ve heard it is either not good or expensive, or both.  If you want to save a good amount of money, go to Bora Bora prepared.  Also if you know where to go, eating in Bora Bora on a budget is doable.  If you want some more ideas, Millionmilesecrets also has some budget food ideas.

If you really want to eat on a budget in Bora Bora, you probably want to stay at the IC Le Moana because it is on the main island.  Here is a map of the island for your reference.

As you can see, IC Le Moana is at the southern tip of the main island, near Matira point.  There are good number of reasonably priced restaurants here.  We only stayed on the main island one night, and we had pizza at Fare Manuia on the first day for lunch. When you exit Le Moana turn right.  I believe a pizza was about 1500xpf to 1800xpf, about $17-$20.  The portion was quite large and you can almost share a pizza.  The pizza was quite fresh and delicious! We ended up with leftovers that we stored in our fridge to make another 2 meals or so.

I recommend the Margherita Pizza here.

I recommend the Margherita Pizza here.

Further down the road past this restaurant is a small convenience store.  They sold many drinks and plate lunches ($8-10).  You could also buy a whole chicken ($13) for dinner and they had chocolate croissants and fresh bread in the morning for $1-$2.  I had a plate lunch, which was rice and beef and vegetables and also breakfast in the morning.

Cheap Breakfast and Tasty!

Cheap Breakfast and Tasty!

Once you are at the IC Thalasso or off the main island, you are stuck with hotel food.  They will charge you a lot for hotel food, about $30 for a sandwich or pizza and maybe around $60-$100 for dinner per person.  One of the better deals I found was happy hour appetizers.  We would order both their appetizers and spend about $30 for dinner and be full.  We would also order drinks during happy hour which were buy one get one free.  Unfortunately, you can split the BOGO offer, and are stuck paying $15-$20 for two drinks per person.  However, the view and live music made happy hour worth it.  Quite a nice experience for about $40 per person!

Happy Hour Drinks Round 1

Happy Hour Drinks Round 1

Appetizer 2

Appetizer 1

Appetizer 1

Appetizer 2

One of the better deals at the IC Thalasso is to actually order room service breakfast.  It costs about $55 for the continental breakfast and hot option (or $10 less for just continental).  We were able to share this breakfast and still have leftovers.  I ended up saving some of the meat and put it in my curry that I brought from home.  It was a great second meal!

Room Service Breakfast on the Deck for $55!

Room Service Breakfast on the Deck for $55!

If you don’t feel like spending a whole lot in Bora Bora on food, there is a hot water kettle in the room.  We used hot water for cup noodles, miso soup, and even boiling rice and curry :).  We ate many lunches on our deck and a few dinners (take out pizza from hotel).  I also heard room service for lunch or dinner is similarly priced as the restaurant and it might be worth it to order it instead of going to the restaurant.

Our stash of snacks, come prepared :)

Our stash of snacks, come prepared :)

Everyone has different budgets when they travel.  Eating in Bora Bora on a budget is definitely possible.  If it takes eating cup noodles to get to Bora Bora, some people (like me) will do it.  We didn’t find the food in Bora Bora worth the money spent, so we rather just eat whatever some meals and save money to use on activities.  We still ate out most meals, but its nice to make something quick and eat with a nice view from the room.  I didn’t think it was necessary to eat at a fancy restaurant like Villa Mahana, because those kind of restaurants are in Los Angeles or New York.  Although I enjoy eating good food, Bora Bora isn’t really the place to splurge on food.

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2 comments for “Eating in Bora Bora on a Budget

  1. ff_lover
    August 12, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Good tips. Just wondering if one is always thinking about how costly it is and changes from normal behavior does it take-away the “romanticism” or “exoticism” of the place somewhat? Yes, we can still talk about we went to Bora Bora but doesn’t it cheapen the experience/memory somewhat?

    • August 12, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      It definitely takes two agreeing minds. I don’t think it took away from the experience much because the view, activities, just being in the water was the main highlight. You never hear anyone say food is the main highlight of Bora Bora. However, I would definitely not want to eat Mcdonalds if I’m traveling to like Italy. Since Italy is known a lot for their food, I would splurge there.

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