After eight days at sea from Los Angeles, we made it to Bora Bora, French Polynesia and I was very happy to step on land again!
As we sailed into Bora Bora we saw Mount Otemanu, which is a funnily shaped mountain and then the colour of the reef which is bright turquoise that is such a contrast to the colour of the deep blue ocean.
We saw little Motu’s (tiny islands) surrounded by the reef with just sand and trees until we anchored in the bay.
Through my eyes Bora Bora is pure paradise, it is that perfect postcard scene. Crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and a bright blue sky with lush green plants, palm trees and beautiful exotic flowers.
The island is surrounded by a reef and that is why the water is crystal clear.
I have been here many times before, but every time I come here I am always blown away by how beautiful it is. I first came here in 2008 and not much has changed, island life stays pretty much the same.
There is no dock here, so tender boats take us to the pier. When we got to the pier we took a taxi straight to Matira Beach. Which at the time of writing this was $5 (US) each way and takes around 15 minutes to get there.
Matira beach is stunning and one of my favourite places in the world and I couldn’t wait to get in the water.
You must be careful of the coral on your feet though when getting in or invest in some water shoes, but once you have passed the shoreline it is sandy underfoot.
The water is warm and sparkling away with the sun shining down, it is just beautiful and so relaxing. I came out of the water like a prune after being in the water for so long!
On Matira Beach there are a few little bars/restaurants, this is where I bought my coconut water and it was so refreshing and tasty.
If you go to Bora Bora you must visit Bloody Mary’s restaurant & bar, it has been there since the 70’s it has a wall of fame outside, a lot of famous people have been there over the years and of course, you must try a bloody mary!
The food is a mix of seafood and meat and different every day in the evening.
If the beach is not for you, there is still lots to do such as water sports, snorkelling, 4×4 around the island and pearl shopping.
- Weather: 23*C – 31*C
- Language: French (English is spoken)
- Currency: Polynesian Francs (Also US Dollars and Euros are excepted)
- Top tips: Wear lots of sunscreen and drink lots of water
- Here are my recommendations for Bora Bora: aqua shoes as there is coral underfoot in the water, sunscreen, water bottle and a waterproof camera to take photos of the tropical fish.
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Love Lucy x