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How bad are mosquitoes in Bora Bora?

Finally, there are plenty of mosquitoes in Bora Bora, so protect yourself with an effective repellent. Mosquitoes here can transmit dengue fever, chikungunya, and other maladies.

Does Bora Bora have a lot of mosquitoes?

The mosquitoes that spread the virus grow in areas with standing water, and Bora Bora's numerous lagoons and pools make for excellent mosquito breeding grounds.

Do I need bug spray in Bora Bora?

Tahiti villas situated away from the beach will have mosquitoes around them once the sun sets. And when you take Bora Bora adventure tours inland and walk through the tropical vegetation, mosquito repellent is essential. Buy a non-toxic insect repellent to take.

Are the mosquitos bad in French Polynesia?

There are 3,500 named species of mosquitoes across the world, but only about 200 are a nuisance to humans. In French Polynesia, of the 15 local species, only three – Aedes aegypti, Aedes polynesiensis, and Culex quinquefasciatus – threaten human health.

What are the dangers of Bora Bora?

Tsunamis can happen, but they are very unlikely. Given Bora Bora's location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the island can be vulnerable to tidal waves caused by earthquakes in other locations around the Pacific.

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A 20% DEET Premium Controlled-Release Lotion will work well against mosquitoes, but Dr. Zimring says he prefers the 20% Picaridin lotion since it also protects against ticks, gnats, chiggers, and flies. (In both instances, he recommends Sawyer brand.)

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Part of spending time outside means battling ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects. For this, Nelson swears by permethrin.



And out of the products we tested, Dr. Zeichner highly recommends Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent.

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