Bora Bora island. French polynesia
Bora Bora (French Polynesia) is the westernmost island and the last point of departure, so there is no permanent customs control on the island. Sometimes a customs boat comes in, but more of a formality. The entrance is easy and well marked, you can go even at night. You can stand at the pier for FREE, this is a convenient place especially for those who need to repair the sails. They can be spread out on the embankment next to the pier and safely sewn up. In the public toilet, you can shower and do laundry, as well as collect freebut water.
If there is no visa, an alternative anchorage behind a small island, immediately to the right of the entrance, is a convenient well-protected place. The advantage of this anchorage is that large palm crabs crawl out on the coast of the island after sunset. You can collect 3 buckets in an hour using a small flashlight. Crabs feed on coconuts and mangoes, so they have delicious sweetish meat.
Throughout French Polynesia, prices are high. Internet is weak and expensive (Especially at the post office). 300 meters to the right of the main square, along the main road on the left side there is a bar with internet. Having bought any soft drink, you can use the Internet for free with your computer. Paper tokens are issued for 45 minutes. Which can be extended many times without paying extra or buying anything.
Filling a 13 liter bottle with butane gas costs $25. An empty gas bottle also costs $25. Therefore, you can buy a full gas cylinder for $50, pump gas and return an empty gas cylinder and get your money back. All gas cylinders belong to the gas company, therefore cylinders are accepted in any form (even heavily rusted ones).
There is a sailboat club on Bora Bora where you can get on a mooring for $10 per day. But the place is not very convenient, and is far from any store. Water in the sailboat club is given for a fee. The population is friendly, English is understood by a limited number of people. Tuzik can be parked for free at the main pier, we are not aware of cases of theft.
There are several expensive hotels on Bora Bora, I discovered for myself the record cost of living that I have ever heard of in my life. The highest cost of a night in a luxury bungalow is 12,750 euros. Twelve thousand seven hundred and fifty euros per night)
Therefore, every night spent at the anchorage saves this amount for your budget.
And video from the sailboat Little Queen