Thursday, September 5, 2013

Bora Bora - French Polynesia

*View of Bora Bora from the plane*

Our honeymoon was by far the best holiday we ever had!!
Throughout the years we have had the chance to travel in many paradise islands, and we live only 2h plane ride away from exotic destinations such as Thaliand and Indonesia but Bora Bora is just the most unique place we have ever been to. 
You are so far from the rest of the world yet the Polynesians make you feel at home with their warm smiles and their enthusiasm in sharing their culture with you.
As much as I would love to share all the hundreds of pictures we took, I made a small selection with some of the highlights as well as a small guide should you be passing by this side of the planet ;)

Getting to Bora Bora:
Air Tahiti Nui flies from Paris (with a stopover in L.A), L.A, Auckland & Tokyo 
Other airlines include Air New Zealand and Air France

All above airlines arrive in the capital of Papeete, from there a short 45min flight with Air Tahiti will bring you to Bora Bora

*Air Tahiti Nui*

Where to stay:
We stayed at the St Regis Hotel, we could not recommend it highly enough, it's truly worth it!

*The St. Regis Bora Bora*

*St. Regis Bora Bora - overwater villas*

Activities:
There are so many activities to do in Bora Bora:
Snorkeling, diving, swimming with sharks & sting rays, jet skiing, sunset cruise and romantic dinner on a private Motu (island), paddle boarding and many more but it is of course a perfect place to indulge in some dolce far niente enjoying the crystal clear water and powdery white sand beaches  ;) 

*Must see: 
-Traditional Polynesian dance show
-Vanilla plantation (more on this in the next post :))

*Swimming with Sting Rays....*

*...and sharks...*

*...and more sharks!!*

*Snorkeling in the lagoon*


*Polynesian dance show @ St Regis*

*Sunset cruise and romantic dinner on a private Motu*

Where to eat:
I would never have guessed Bora Bora to be a culinary destination, but foodies that we are, we tried to discover as many restaurants as we could, what a treat!!
Being in the middle of the pacific ocean means that you have some of the freshest fish available... mix that with a Polynesian twist and you are sure to not be disappointed!

Here is the list of the restaurants we tried and highly recommend:
-Japanese/fusion: Sushi Take @ St. Regis
- French/ Polynesian fine dining: Villa Mahana
-Iconic/ serves the catch of the day/ feet in sand dining: Bloody Mary's 
-Beach restaurant: Matira Beach 

* Must taste: The traditional Polynesian dish called "Poisson Cru" - literally meaning raw fish - it is mixed with cucumber, carrot, fresh coconut milk, onions & lime

*The catch of the day @ Bloody Mary's*

*Delicious coconut cocktails*


*Villa Mahana*


IA ORANA BORA BORA... WE'LL BE BACK :)

Check out more pictures of Bora Bora on my new instagram profile - click here 

19 comments:

  1. This looks a truly unforgettable holiday, the snorkelling reminds me of my trip to the Maldives.
    It looks like you embraced all the culture & food, a true paradise island.
    Greetings from Rome xoxo
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  2. wow, that looks like a reay great holiday! wishing you fun

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  3. Just wow! It really looks like a paradise, you made me dream!:) Have also checked out your instagram profile now and all the photos are great, love the one while you are snorkeling and the one with the maxi dress!:) Kisses!

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  4. You must have been instantly impressed as soon as you saw that view from the plane - stunning! This really is a wonderful honeymooon destination and what a romantic spot for dinner right there on the beach. We have visited many beautiful islands including Mauritius and Bali but having seen your pictures I think that Bora Bora needs adding to our list!

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  5. Wow...What a fantastic honeymoon!!! I was in Polynesia twice and I remeber the marvellous landscapes that I saw and all the other wonderful thinghs..
    Stunning pics!
    A big big kiss my dear and many congrats!!!

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  6. I always wanted to go there :)
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  7. Amazing!!! Looks under world, Did i just see you swimming with Sharks? I dare not lol.
    What a lovely holiday.

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  8. Wow! Bora Bora looks so amazing! The water is like a dream, so clear and blue! The underwater pictures are incredible!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  9. Ohhh and ahhhh wish to go there one day xx

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  10. Well your honeymoon looked great I work at a bridal magazine and often look at pictures like these and wish I could go there.

    Ali of Dressing Ken

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  11. That just looks absolutely stunning, wow! The colours, the sunshine, the water and that coconut cocktail... xo

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  12. looks like paradise!

    MARTA ♥
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  13. amazing!
    would you like follow each other on blog and FB?:)

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  14. Great post and very nice pics)

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  15. WOW! These pics are just incredible, looks like an unforgettable trip!

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  16. OMG!!! Wowww!! gorgeuos place!
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  17. Lovely photos! I am so convinced to visit Bora Bora :))) xx

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