Whilst it was my sincere attention to adventure and explore the rest of French Polynesia, Bora Bora instantly took my breath away, and I spent the rest of my holiday in a kind of a lucid dream. I never wanted it to end.
What I experienced on my escapade to Bora Bora, I would love for you to experience as well. So I will share its secrets with you.
Bora Bora is an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Located in French Polynesia, it’s Tahiti`s most famous island. Bora Bora’s original name was Pora Pora means “First Born” in the local language, but the letter “B” doesn’t exist.
But when is the best time to visit Bora Bora? Although it’s a year-round destination, November to April is the hot and humid summer season with short storms most days. High season is May to October when it is cooler and dryer, it also offers the best time for diving and snorkeling as the water will be crystal clear. July is the most crowded month due to local celebrations.
Okay, I know it’s very Pinterest-y but imagine yourself lazing around on a remote island in the Pacific. Trust me, you have no idea just how amazing it is, and to stay at one of the islands' overwater bungalows overlooking the expansive lagoon is a bucket list experience. I mean it is the ultimate leisure of a lifetime, bar none.
When we visited Bora Bora, we settled in a two-bedroom cabin with a private balcony, and a staircase leading into the water. I jumped into the water every morning because that’s something I had always wanted to do. It had a rustic yet elegant interior which radiated peace and positivity. Oh, and part of the floor below the seating area was see-through, so yeah, best accommodation ever.
Did I mention how beautiful the natural scenery is in this place? I’ll tell you, all of the best Photoshop pictures on Google can’t do it justice. And I’m not just talking about the view from the cabin, but also the breathtaking marine life down below (be sure to bring an underwater camera), and the gorgeous mountains lurking in the distance.
There are plenty of unique ways to explore and experience this natural paradise. I would definitely suggest taking up a snorkeling tour along with a quad bike or trekking exploration of the mainland.
Speaking of exploration, out of all the things to do in Tahiti and the surrounding archipelago, Bora Bora must be the most exciting adventure destination. In my humble opinion, of course. Although I will say that I consider myself to be quite an adventure nut, and that’s how I mostly decide on a travel destination.
Bora Bora didn’t let us down. We went quad bike riding around the mainland on the second day we were there, and most importantly for my restless spirit, we explored the deep blue waters and their breathtaking marine life. We snorkeled around the coral reefs, reveling in all their beauty and glory, we met some of the native fish species (don’t ask what they’re called) and even took a guided jet-ski tour around the island! I fell off at some point! It was awesome!
All the adrenaline and adventure aside, Bora Bora was the place where I felt truly relaxed for the first time in god knows how long. This was the leisure experience I was craving, and now that I’m reminiscing my adventure, I don’t think any other destination could have offered a better deal.
From private massages on the balcony, to drinking cocktails under a natural shade on the beach. There were laid-back evening gatherings by the sea with music and wine, all of it makes me want to go back right now. The best part was that I didn’t touch a single gadget while there, apart from my phone of course, when I was documenting our escapade.
We lead hectic lifestyles, and in this daily chaos we often forget to think about our fellow humans. We stop caring, and we shut our doors to new interpersonal experiences. At least I felt that way before I went to Bora Bora. I needed to rekindle my passion for other cultures, languages, and customs. I can safely say that Bora Bora helped me achieve this.
The native people were constantly smiling, soaking in the healthy rays and just being grateful for the beauty that surrounds them. Most importantly, they were friendly and nice. I am grateful for that, as these acquaintances helped me tune in to my extrovert self, and finally free myself from the shackles of civilization. I came home a new woman. And I am grateful.
French Polynesia, in my humble experience, has plenty of adventures to offer, probably too numerous to be experienced in a single lifetime, let alone in a single trip. But if I had to pick one destination to truly rekindle your love for life itself, it would have to be the enchanting island of Bora Bora.
About the author
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She spends most of her free time at home walking her Labrador Retriever named Max. She is an avid lover of photography and a regular author at High Style Life.
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