Butterflies began as we started our descent to one of the most beautiful islands on the planet. Even from high in the sky paradise is apparent everywhere you look.
What makes Bora so special is that it’s totally surrounded by reef apart from in one place which is big enough to allow ships in and out. It’s almost as if someone has designed it but knowing its 100% natural makes it all the more enchanting.
Bora Bora airport has to be one of the coolest in the world, it is situated on the surrounding motu so once you have landed you get whisked by boat to the mainland.
Four Seasons … if only. Maybe next time 😉
We knew it was going to be honeymoon central and worried that the island itself might have been spoilt by built up resorts lining every shoreline and touristified to the point of madness but thankfully we couldn’t have been more wrong.
Village Temanuata was our home for five nights, it’s in a prime location with a sweet little private beach which we took full advantage of.
Spending our birthdays on Bora wasn’t planned but I couldn’t be happier that it worked out that way. I spent my birthday lazing around on the beach, admiring my new Thomas Sabo charms (thanks Lukey!) as well as reading, chatting and sipping on Johnnie Walker. What more could a girl want?
We timed our stay well, Heiva is currently taking place which is a huge Polynesian festival featuring cultural performances such as dance and instrumentals.
After watching the bootilicious Tahitian babes dancing I think Luke thought that it was his birthday not mine. Miley Cyrus eat your heart out.
After a chilled few days we were ready to explore so hired a kayak and headed out onto the lagoon.
After kayaking further than we thought and wandered around some of the small Motu’s surrounding the mainland, we were feeling pretty tired (poor us) so Luke had the idea of sailing back. We found two large sticks and tied my sarong at all four corners; we succeeded in sailing right the way back to our little beach.
I have to say though, Luke’s birthday was the winner. I have always wanted to swim with sharks, in a cage of course, but have never had the guts to see it though – but today we did it minus the cage.
One big regret of mine is not investing in an underwater camera. On these photos you can see the baby reef sharks but we also took the boat outside of the lagoon to swim with two metre lemon sharks. I’m not sure that my heart has ever beaten as fast as when I dipped my head in to see if there really were sharks lurking below, it was the epitome of shark infested waters. There must have been four lemon sharks and ten reef sharks in total. I didn’t let go of the boat ladder once.
Cuddling up to sting rays was another scenario I had never envisaged, especially after Steve Erwin’s deadly encounter with one. But in Polynesia they treat them like puppies so the rays behave accordingly, jumping up onto you for some food and a stroke. Bizarre.
We have both completely fallen in love with beautiful Bora and will be sure to return.
Until next time…