When flying into Tahiti, you’ll most likely find yourself on Air Tahiti Nui, which is an international airline that flies huge and comfortable jumbo jets. After that flight, you’ll change planes to board Air Tahiti, which is the domestic airline of turbo-prop jets, and is not affiliated with the international one you may see commercials for. Because the airlines do work together with their schedules, if the long-haul flight is a bit late the island planes will gladly wait for them. However, with that said, still you’ll need to get your luggage and go through Customs and Immigration in Tahiti anyway.
When booking flights, you’ll find that there are around 7 flights per day from Tahiti to Bora Bora, starting at 6:45am and the last one going out at 5:10pm. Most go nonstop to Bora Bora, but a few of them stop off at another island for 15 minutes in order to drop off and pick up passengers. A nonstop flight will average around 45 minutes, whereas one that stops will take about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Again, you can book your entire journey for a single fare, and that will choose the most efficient connecting flight for you, or perhaps give you options of connecting flights, with longer layovers usually saving you a good bit of money.
If you’d like, you can also book the Air Tahiti flights in person once you have arrived. The prices are the same either way, making it so that you can book separately on the Air Tahiti website as well. These inter-island services all over the world usually operate in the manner that buses or ferries do in that locals use them frequently for a variety of things. Because of this, there’s almost always a few seats available at the last minute, and even if this one is full then the next one an hour later should have seats.