Taking Flight in Bora Bora

Turquoise waters a million shades of blue, palm trees, white sand beaches and overwater bungalows are just a few of the reasons that make Bora Bora the ultimate romantic getaway.  We are ecstatic to say that Bora Bora in French Polynesia has now been checked off of our Bucket List.

Bora Bora is a small volcanic island located in the South Pacific that is part of the Society Islands of French Polynesia.  It is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon teeming with sea life, smaller islets called “Motus” and a barrier reef.  Our flight took us from the island of Moorea to Bora Bora, about an hour long flight.

Bora Bora - Air Tahiti Nui Plane

Flying into Bora Bora has to be one of the most picturesque ways to arrive at an island destination.  However, it is important to be seated on the correct side of the plane to ensure you get to see these spectacular views.  We asked the flight attendant upon boarding the plane in Moorea which side to sit on and were informed that for the flight path that day, the best place to sit was on the left side near the front of the plane.  As these inter-island flights do not have assigned seating, you just want to make sure that you are near the front of the line to board the plane to get the best seats.

Bora Bora - Aerial

Mount Otemanu, the highest peak on the island, rises majestically from the ocean and promises unforgettable views from no matter where you are on the island and surrounding motus.  Upon landing we deplaned on the runway and walked toward the arrival terminal.  Here we were reminded of the opulence of Bora Bora as we passed by the plane we wished we had arrived on.

Bora Bora - Private jet

The Bora Bora International Airport is a quaint and perfectly matched airport to the island way of life.  With its thatched roof and one departure/arrival gate it is a welcome greeting to a relaxed holiday.  As the airport is on one of the small motus surrounding the main island, we were greeted and whisked by boat to our accommodation.  This 20 minute cruise through the lagoon of Bora Bora was a great introduction to the island.  You could just feel the excitement of our fellow passengers as Mount Otemanu loomed above and we passed several resorts on our way to our final destination.

Bora Bora - Hilton shuttleBora Bora - On the Hilton shuttle boat









As we arrived at the resort we were met by reception staff playing a tradional polynesian song.  What a great way to welcome your visitors!  The reception lobby was built over the water as well with huge viewing panels to the ocean below.

Bora Bora - Hilton Hotel greeting

Checking into our overwater bungalow was simply amazing!  The room was absolutely huge with a living room, bedroom and a bathroom that was larger than our bedroom back home.  Beautifully wood working throughout the bungalow, a four poster bed and soaker tub make this the ultimate romantic place to stay.

Bora Bora - Hilton Four poster canopy bedBora Bora - Hilton Overwater bungalow







Bora Bora - Hilton Bungalow bathroomBora Bora - Hilton Bungalow living room







At the front of the bungalow was a huge deck with two loungers that were calling my name.  We spent many hours out on the deck lounging, relaxing, and pinching ourselves that we were actually in Bora Bora.  Probably one of the coolest features of the overwater bungalow was the glass viewing panels located in the living room side tables and on the deck.  We could feed the fish through the side tables that opened up to the ocean below and watch fish and eels swim beneath our bungalow.

Bora Bora - Hilton Deck window

This was a trip of a lifetime where we felt like we were on cloud nine the entire time.  Bora Bora does not disappoint and is worth the long flight from the mainland to reach.  Going to French Polynesia requires careful planning and saving but we would recommend it without hesitation.  It is majestic in its beauty, the friendliness of the locals and unspoilt experiences with the sea life.

What is the most beautiful location you have ever flown into?  And what made it so spectacular?



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9 Responses to Taking Flight in Bora Bora

  1. Love this, Evan and Tracy!
    I remember being completely obsessed with a Club Med brochure for Bora Bora in high school, I read that mag cover to cover. Bora Bora looks every bit as beautiful as I imagined. Love that you stayed in the bungalows on stilts over the ocean, with the glass floor viewing panels, too. I’m a little bit jealous :).

    Micki July 22, 2012 at 7:57 am Reply
    • Thanks, Micki! I was the same in university when I first found out about Bora Bora. I wanted to go so bad but thought it would never happen. I love it when dreams come true and this one was even better than I imagined! The overwater bungalows are definitely worth the experience even though they are expensive. Thanks so much for checking out our blog and website.

      evan&tracy July 22, 2012 at 3:53 pm Reply
  2. Staying in the over-water bungalows would be amazing! The more I see about Bora Bora, the more it creeps up to the top of my Bucket List. Definitely a dream vacation. Glad you got to experience it! Great photos!
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    Debbie July 31, 2012 at 11:20 am Reply
    • Thanks for your comment, Debbie! It truly was a dream experience. It was on the top of our bucket list, too and we are so glad we got the opportunity to go! The geography of Bora Bora is unmatched with anywhere else we have been. I hope you get the chance to go!

      evan&tracy July 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm Reply
  3. Bora Bora has always been on my dream list–well done and lovely photos!
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    Charu October 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm Reply
    • Thanks Charu!

      We absolutely loved it in Bora Bora!! We hope you get to experience it and live your dream as well!

      evan&tracy October 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm Reply
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