When you land at Bora Bora’s little airport crammed with honeymooners, you’ll wait in the tiny terminal for your luggage to arrive by tractor and trailer, then amid the hubbub of excited holiday makers, you’ll find the little desk of your resort where staff are on hand to lei you and take your bags to be loaded onto their boat.
Then under the bright blue sky and past palm trees swaying, you will be spirited to your little slice of paradise, the ocean so clear that you can see the sand.
I spent an afternoon at the beautiful Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa. Here are my photos (and a few of theirs because they were better!)
This is a coral nursery with 172 little reefs supporting 5,400 baby corals and today 75 different species of fish have set up home. A huge increase since 2004 when there were almost none. Throwing bread in to feed the fish is not encouraged as it changes the natural algae and other goodies that are being quietly cultivated here.
The local ladies still weave baskets from coconut leaves and they’re used for holding the fish when you’re out catching. I had a little lesson, which is something that is done as one of the daily activities.
The highlight for me was my half-hour spa treatment with Titaua, the French Tahitian spa manager who is trained in sports massage and managed to make my short treatment one of the best massages I’ve ever had. She uses her hands and forearms with beautifully scented oil and even made my upper back click – in a fantastic way. This was the standout for me at the Pearl Resort.
I was in Tahiti thanks to Air Tahiti Nui and visited five beautiful resorts on Bora Bora