Bora Bora Paradise IslandIsle of Bora Bora Paradise
This is Bora Bora: Cards from paradise
We' ve just returned from over a whole weekend in paradise and spent quality leisure in Bora Bora and Moorea, two of Polynesia's most beloved islets. For years, my man and I have been talking about celebrating a landmark in Bora Bora. This may be widely known as a honeymooners' holiday resort, but we also found the island family-friendly.
I' m going to start this Polynesian Frenchs with some of our favourite pictures of the charming Bora Bora. That was our first view of the island from above to the "Pearl of the Pacific" and did not let us down. It was another 50-minute trip to Bora Bora after our 8-hour Los Angeles plane and our arrival in Papeete, Tahiti.
You can see some of the waterfront cottages for which the island is known? The Bora Bora International Bora International Bora was probably the smallest and most beautiful international airfield we have ever been to. It' on a very small island named Motu Mute just off the northern coast of the island. It was the breathtaking landscape that welcomed us from the Bora Bora Laguna and Island.
I' m quite sure that this was the first time I had fallen in touch with Bora Bora. No wonder many have called this "most wonderful island in the world". Different airports were established and welcomed the visitors with scented silence. A lot of visitors were taken to the hotel boat docks at the jetty of the airfield.
Tahiti also runs a disaster recovery boat for a 25-minute drive to the island for other transport services. The Hilton Bora Bora Nui and Spa, which was our home for four days, kindly catered for. Journey on the Laguna to the resorts was indescribably nice with a stunning landscape where we could see everywhere.
It was our first close-up of these reed-thatching bungalow or swimming villa that characterize these isles. Situated on its own island, Motu To'opua, the complex was encircled by a luxuriant slope on one side and the crystalline water on the other. You were also the only children in the area during our sojourn there and had the large inflinity swimming pools to yourself.
I' ll publish my full report about the venue soon at my other show on momvoyage.hilton.com. This bungalow has one of the biggest attractions: snorkeling directly from the boat or simply watching the shoals of sea-sweepers.
There was a great deal of spare minute in these hammocks spread around the area. During our sojourn we have made only two trips to use everything the residence has to provide. First was a full-length snorkel and lake trip with some nice suprises. The trip also had lunches on a small island.
This trip also gave us the chance to explore the laguna and visit the other resort and its surface shelters. Most of the other resort were on a ring of small islets, or moto', opposite the Laguna and Mt. Otemanu. It may be that Bora Bora is known for its water, but the exploration of the island should not be overlooked.
On our island excursion we got some insight into the towns and the island's past and present. Approximately 9,000 inhabitants live on the island and many of the natives we met were all very kind. There is a 32 km long winding island highway. Otemanu is the impressive hill that rises like a watcher in the centre of the island.
Exploring the island's vulcanic origin was obvious with its dark cliffs and jagged crests. It was one of the few viewpoints we saw during our trip. In the 17th century, Europeans, among them Captain James Cook, "discovered" it. At the end of the 19th century Bora Bora, together with the other Polynesian Frenchs, became a part of Paris.
During the Second World War, the US military used the island as a service centre due to its strategical position in the Pacific. Military engineers constructed the coast and runway on the same island as today's international airports. It was called Vavau by the early Polynesians around the ninth time.
Over the years, the name Vavau evolved into the Tahitic Pora Pora, which means "first-born" because it was thought to be the first to come out of the water. It was Bora Bora who was all we were expecting and more. We were captured and it really was one of the most wonderful places we have ever been to.
This was a foretaste of the beginning of this magic holiday and the memorable archipelago of Polynesia. It was a paradise at its best and the perfect island holiday. Please hold on for further contributions from Bora Bora and Moorea in the next few months. Keep in mind that the only way out of the aiport is by boat.
At the end of each journey, the free Air Tahiti Katamaran is available to take you to the capital Vaitape and lasts about 25 mins. Verify the timetable of the boat for the departure date. The peak period in Polynesia is usually from May to October, when it is drier and the temperature is cool.
Did you visit Bora Bora? Disclaimer: I have obtained free overnight accommodation permits that I can use at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa as a Hilton Mom Voyage familiy itinerant.