Bora Bora and Moorea, 26 August - 3 September
Trip Start Mar 28, 2005
17Trip End Feb 02, 2006
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I arrive at the huge airport of Papeete (capital of Tahiti). From the travel reports I have received, it was recommended not to stay in Papeete or on Tahiti as it is very busy with a lot of traffic, it has lost itīs island charm.
Therefore I make my way from the airport to the harbor where I enter the small office of a cargo company and ask them whether they take passengers on their cargo ships to Bora Bora. They do and a couple of hours later, me and my backpack are on the passenger deck which is a huge covered room on top of the cargo ship where I share the next 15 hours with mostly locals, everybody trying to sleep during a rough night on sea: laying on the floor, I once see the stars in the sky and seconds later the huge waves through the window, I am sliding from one side to the other until I finally barricade myself between my backpack and the wall
Arriving in Bora Bora is like a dream, the colors of the water are incredible, an American starts crying, he says it has always been his dream to come here and now he finally made it. A public bus takes me to my guesthouse with a small beach in the most beautiful bay right next to an exclusive hotel with water bungalows. During my 4 days on Bora Bora, I enjoy the beach and the sea, walk around the island and climb the small hill which gives a great overview over the island and itīs fantastic blue bays. Other than that, I donīt do much, everything here is super-expensive.
After 4 days, the cargo ship brings me back to Papeete, from where I take a ferry (around 40 minutes) to the island of Moorea. Moorea seems wider than Bora Bora but not as colorful, it reminds me more of the Cook Islands, there are no big hotels, mainly basic local houses, only a few narrow beaches, the water is mostly to shallow to swim. You can go hiking or mountain biking.
Summa summarum: I was deeply impressed by the blue colors of the sea in Bora Bora and I am sure one can have a fantastic holiday there on the condition that you go there with your beloved and that you have enough money to spend.