BORA, BORA FRENCH POLYNESIA – Somehow we assured my father that a fifth marriage anniversary is a Tahitian anniversary. The normal gift, actually, is wood.
For years, we had dreamed of going to Bora Bora in French Polynesia. The lagoon’s sparkling turquoise, mount and cobalt blue waters, a overwater bungalows, a seclusion— for me, it was a ultimate bucket list destination.
Some of a world’s many famous celebrities vacation in Bora Bora. Jennifer Aniston honeymooned there. Pictures of Justin Bieber swimming exposed in Bora Bora circulated distant and far-reaching online final year. Usain Bolt distinguished his Olympic victories there in September.
That doesn’t meant normal couples can’t go too — if they can means it, of course. Our outing for a week, including flights and a hotel stay (with breakfast), cost only underneath $10,000.
My father and we spent a week lounging in a bungalow during Le Meridien Bora Bora. We woke early to locate shining orange and pinkish sunrises. We got tighten and personal with sea creatures, from moray eels and trumpetfish to sea turtles, sharks and stingrays. We detected that a observant listened in pearl shops, “You don’t select a pearl, a pearl chooses you,” is surprisingly true. Most of all, we attempted to relax and take it all in.
Bora Bora, located about 260 kilometers northwest of Tahiti, was shaped by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Mount Otemanu, a vestige of a volcano, rises scarcely 730 meters on a island and serves as a backdrop of many photos.
About 9,000 people live in Bora Bora. The heat is a comparatively unchanging 27 degrees Celsius.
The island is set in a firth and surrounded by a fibre of motus, or tiny islets, where oppulance resorts are located. The colors are stunning. A crony pronounced my print looked like a watercolor painting.
We flew to Los Angeles, where many U.S. flights to Tahiti converge. From Los Angeles, it’s about an eight-hour overnight moody to Papeete, Tahiti. It’s reduction than an hour by craft from there to Bora Bora. Then it’s a brief vessel float to a categorical city, Vaitape, or to one of a oppulance resorts. We didn’t need vaccinations or a visa.
Our overwater bungalow faced external to a lagoon, that we requested when booking. Others are incited in, toward a resort. It featured a potion building for fish examination and a turn staircase for climbing into a lagoon.
We splurged on massages early in a week, before a dark skin incited a reddish hue, and we fed baby sea turtles during a Turtle Center determined during Le Meridien. We took a hotel’s vessel to The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort to sup during a disdainful Lagoon grill by acclaimed French cook Jean-Georges Vongerichten and to check out a intemperate bungalows with private swimming pools over a lagoon.
We attempted paddle boarding. Then we attempted snorkeling to find a sunglasses we mislaid while paddle boarding. Adventurous couples buzzed around a island on jet skis.
Feeling brave ourselves, we sealed adult for a snorkeling outing to float with stingrays and sharks. There are so many stingrays there, we feel their slick, rubbery bodies attack your legs. One is an older, pliable stingray a guides call “grandma.” Our beam from Teiva Tours carried grandma and kissed it— on a mouth!
However, when a guides started “chumming” a waters with fish tools to pull blacktip sharks, we climbed behind into a boat. The sharks were most some-more meddlesome in a fish than in us, yet we weren’t holding any chances of a misdirected chomp. In deeper waters, we snorkeled during a aspect as 3-meter lemon sharks glided along a bottom.
We also spent a day in Vaitape. There’s a core where locals sell their crafts, a tiny marketplace to batch adult on sunscreen, extract and inexpensive French wine, and a cafe. The mountainside is home to cannons left behind by U.S. army during World War II.
The categorical thing we did though, was emporium for Tahitian pearls. We were withdrawal one of a stores when we held a glance of a span of immature pearl earrings. we walked divided yet no other pearl could compare, so we returned during a finish of a day to buy a pearl that chose me.
There’s a must-visit mark along a coastline, about 5 kilometers from a city center: Bloody Mary’s, a musty grill famous for a seafood. we enjoyed a restaurant’s signature image of teriyaki wahoo and a residence drink, a Bloody Mary of course, while my father desired perplexing meka, a broadbill swordfish found in a South Pacific. By a opening there’s a prolonged list of famous people who have dined there.
At a hotel, we finished a week as we began. We lounged on a deck, revelation any other how unimaginable it was that we got to see such beauty in chairman and check Bora Bora off a bucket list.