Trip Start Sep 06, 2010
64Trip End Sep 04, 2011
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French Polynesia, the over-sea territory of France, is not only Bora Bora, but also other 176 islands and atolls grouped up into 5 archipelagos stretching in the middle of the Pacific on the area as big as Europe. With Bora Bora being the main draw-card, also other islands do not come short on post card sceneries with the pulse slowing effect: the furthest located Marquises Archipelago with, alike Rapa Nui, high rocky coast and no beaches, or pearl-shaped sandy atolls of Tuamotu Archipelago, etc. French Polynesia simply offers so many great and unique places that even with Air Tahiti serving 47 islands, and one month of time at your disposal, you can still be short of time.
But to start nicely from the beginning….. after spending almost 5hrs on the plane to Rapa Nui, a few more minutes is needed to reach Papeete, the main city on Tahiti Island. Welcomed by air saturated by the scent of Gardenias and warm, yet humid, climate, I was ready to sort out my French Polynesia itinerary. Dumping the initial intention to spend the whole 7 days on easy-to-reach Moora Island, I was hoping to get on the first Bora Bora flight and after three days there to fly over to Tikehau Island in Tuamotu Archipelagos. To see how successful my flight booking exercise is going to be I, however, had to wait till the morning of the next day, as Air Tahiti really takes the life and business easy and surprisingly closes its office already at 4 pm
Regardless of all those superlative stories you heard about Bora Bora, nothing prepares you for the striking and overwhelming reality classified as ‘amazing – out-of-this-world’. Already the first moments at the local airport reveal a view at the lagoon with colors any postcard would envy. You think that you know how turquoise color looks like……no away; no until you experience this blinding concert of milky blue waters suddenly changing its ‘mood’ into cobalt blue, as they get deeper. My skepticism about the true extent of Bora Bora’s beauty was demolished within 3 minutes from the arrival. It is simple like that. It is not that big turquoise swimming pool what makes Bora Bora unique, but its magic combination and contrast with the lush green slopes of the extinct volcano soaring over the main island.
The main island is surrounded with various in size, small sandy islands (called motu) where the most expensive hotel resorts reside
To relieve myself from high temperatures and humidity, to catch a bit of bronze (guys, I am so dark that some folks here in NZ told me that I look like Brasilian .…haha), and to work on my French Polynesian plan, I spent two days just lying on the Matira Beach, the only natural stretch of beach on the Bora Bora’s main island
With two days inconceivably ‘wasted’ by stretching on the beach, the day No. 2, the Christmas Eve, was devoted to the lagoon tour. Boarding the small boat with two super smiley local guys kicked off one of the most picturesque, yet pumped-with-adrenaline, trip of my life. After picking up two honeymoon couples, we drove closer to the barrier reef to encounter one of the local under water residents, white teeth sharks. What I did not manage back in Galapagos, I was about to catch up here on Bora Bora. Already the ride there through spectacular lagoon waters shading in all colors of blue, with the sun warming you up with its rays, and with pleasant breeze dancing over your skin was one of the most joyful and happier moment of my life
The second stop was one of numerous coral reefs, a home to hundreds of tropical fish. Not an adrenaline experience, but definitely like-from-the-national-geographic moment. Acting as one big living swirl, the fish swam just a few centimeters from us. I even got a few times slapped by their small thins, as they were chasing the food thrown to them. It was another great moment. I smiled in a joy that much that water started flowing into my goggles. Making the trip even more enjoyable, afterwards, we were taken to a new spot to feed another lovely creature, friendly and toothless stingrays. With sardines in our hands, those triangle shaped guys, with soft and smooth bodies and hard tales, were literally touching and jumping on us to get that fish
Great vistas of Bora Bora lagoon, amazing lunch, and another memorable moments in paradise, this is what the last part of the trip was about. Spectacular, breath-taking, mind-blowing ….those are adjectives that come to your mind when seeing the view from the top of the visited motu. Turquoise, turquoise, turquoise, a bit of deep blue and great panorama of the Bora Bora’s volcano; those are essential ingredients of paradise, guys. I am not kidding now, but up there, I was walking around for at least 30 seconds while loudly saying "wow, wow, wow…..". Simply staggering and out-of this-world vistas! After all that wild life feeding, it was our lunch time. Great fish, fruit salad and pineapple juice served on the shore with blue waters in front of you……………. The whole trip was simply great and more then valuable replacement of the Christmas Eve dinner.
The Bora Bora’s divine beauty however carries, actually as all great and posh things, a nice, fat price tag. As one of, if not, the most expensive holiday destinations, the price level here is sky high. Even f**** Luxembourg is so, but so, cheap
Bora Bora is everything, but an ordinary place. Even for somebody like me, who is not a big fan of beach vacations, spending a few days here was an unforgettable moment. It was also an opportunity to recharge batteries after almost 4 months of travelling through America, and to spend once-in-a-life-time Christmas time. I sincerely wish that all of you could come here one day and get your own bite of this paradise. I got my own and will not forget its taste till my last day on this planet. Now, get yourself a glass of wine, some chips, and enjoy the pictures……………
Greetings from Te Anau, New Zealand