Mike and I celebrated our 40th Anniversary this past November. This time of year is one of our busiest times so we had to wait on celebrating our anniversary. We did do some planning though. With an anniversary of 40 years we decided to do a “bucket list” trip to the South Pacific. Since we are “a little” frugal this trip covered our birthdays, Christmas, Valentines Day and our anniversary.
I did a lot of research and we chose the Bora-Bora Pearl Island Resort which was an amazing place! You have to remember when you go to places like this that it is not the USA or Europe. Your conveniences are not the same. Your standards of living cannot be the same or you will be disappointed. Their shopping is nothing like our, everything is “open air”. No air condition in most places. Our bungalow did have air but it was never really cool. Just cool enough to make you comfortable. But, hey, I can adjust to just about anything to get this view.
The water was more beautiful than any picture could portray. The vibe is low key, relax and enjoy mother nature during your visit. The people are friendly and hospitable. They want you to have a wonderful time enjoying their island. It is not the crazy lets party and get drunk atmosphere.
We arrived in Bora-Bora on a egg beater plane and then was taken to our resort by boat. At the resort we were greeted with a flower lei, a clean wet wash cloth and a glass of coconut water.
When we arrived at 8:30 AM our room wasn’t quite ready so we went to breakfast and met these beautiful people.
It is very humid there, so of course the hair had to go up and the shorts were put on. Language was a barrier because they speak little English and we speak no French or Tahitian but the warmth of hospitality was still there.
After traveling for 20 hours and not sleeping we were tired but so glad to be there. The beauty out weighed the tiredness!
Our bungalow was over the water and we saw fish, sharks and stingrays daily. This sorta made me nervous because I would not like it if I came upon a stingray or shark in the water. The fish were fine but there was this one that was long and blue with a beak that could bite you. I am a little bit of a chicken when it comes to things like this but I went in the water everyday and faced my fears for the experience.
Our room was decorated in the beautiful Polynesian style with lots of wood and bamboo. There were tribal carvings in some of the wood and always fresh flowers.
Before we had left from home I email the resort and told them it was our 40th anniversary and that it was going to be my birthday while we were there. I told them this so they would make a reservation at the restaurant for both occasions. You know, me, the American, got to have my reservations. The reservation was not at all needed! But because they knew about the two celebrations there was wine in our room when we arrived and they sent me two birthday cakes. This lady sang the entire birthday song to me at the door of our bungalow.
The first morning when we were sitting on the bungalow deck a boat came by wit breakfast for another bungalow. It was pretty cool to see this is real life although I had seen it in pictures before. Again, the people are so warm there. They of course waved and said the Tahitian greeting which I am terrible at pronouncing. I am so SOUTHERN with my accent it never sounds correct.
While we were there we did a little shopping across the lagoon on the island of Bora-Bora. And when I say shopping, you need to think of a small flea market shopping area. That is what it was. No air conditioning and mostly open air outside shopping. They did have a grocery store that was the size of a small drug store. The items were not over priced and we found what we needed. We needed sunscreen because our luggage arrived without it. We also bought some cheese and wine there. Like I said, what we needed. Hahaha! We had “happy hour” at our bungalow a few times after being out for the day.
The food was beautiful and rich in flavor. After doing Paleo for 3 months it was impossible to ever finish dinner. The island is big on bread. They serve a lot of bread at every meal. Always a bread basket on the table and their hamburger buns were big too.
If you can carve out the time and can budget in the money this is an amazing place to go. It is like heaven! I can’t imagine a more beautiful place!
Our bungalow at night.
These stairs were made from the most beautiful wood. It was amazing handy work of the people of the island.
Our view at every meal:
A massive sail boat that came into Bora-Bora for a few days to let people explore and shop.
This rainbow is the most beautiful one I have ever seen. I took this from the plane on the way in to Bora-Bora and this picture does it no justice but still beautiful!