Bora Bora Airport (IATA: BOB, ICAO: NTTB), is also known as Motu Mute Airport. The airport serves the island of Bora Bora in French Polynesia and is located on the islet of Motu Mute, hence the alternative name.
The airport was opened in 1943, during World War II. Commercial service became available in 1958 after the runway was reconstructed. It is built on an island (island is translated to “Motu” in the Polynesian language) located in a lagoon. A boat transfer is necessary to get to the main island of Bora Bora and many luxury hotels provide their own boats to pick you up from the airport and send you directly to the hotel.
Bora Bora airport is serviced only by Air Tahiti, which has a minimum of 5 flights to Bora Bora each day. Bora Bora Airport is not only a destination, it can also be the launching pad for your future travels. As it is a hub for Air Tahiti, you can catch flights from Bora Bora to around the Society Islands. Direct flights from Bora Bora depart for Moorea 5 times per week and there are also some flights to Maupiti, Raiatea and Huahini. Air Tahiti also flies from Bora Bora out to the Tuamotu Islands and Tikehau and Rangiroa 4-5 times per week. If you’re planning to visit all the islands, you should get an Air Tahiti pass for the greatest value.
During World War II Bora Bora Island was considered a strategic location because of its position in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. In response to the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the United States of America built the island's first airfield on Motu Mute, which was used as a supply base, and about 5,000 GIs set up huge naval guns to defend the territory in the event of a surprise attack by Japan. The guns were never fired and even after the war ended it took years to evict some of the soldiers who were reluctant to leave.
This little runway on Motu Mute became remote French Polynesia's main connection to the outside world and welcomed its first commercial flight from Paris in 1958.
Services and Facilities
The Bora Bora Airport is small, but contains basic amenities.