December 9, 2013

Tahiti: Peek inside the Pearl Resort on Bora Bora

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!)

Pearl resort Bora Bora

Pearl Resort’s overwater bungalows stretch into the lagoon

Pearl Bora Bora pool

The pool winds around in front of a restaurant edged in loungers

Pearl resort reef nursery

The coral nursery under the bungalows

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.

Pearl resort Bora Bora

I love this view of the overwater bungalows facing the main island of Bora Bora. The pool and restaurant are behind me.

Pearl garden villa with pool

If you don’t want a bungalow, take a garden villa with your own pool and indoor/outdoor bathroom

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.

Pearl resort flax basket weaving

Take a little class during the day and learn to weave a basket. I helped – honest!

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.

Pearl Resort spa

Pearl Resort spa

I was in Tahiti thanks to Air Tahiti Nui and visited five beautiful resorts on Bora Bora

About Megan Singleton

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Megan Singleton is a travel writer, blogger and radio correspondent. She's been gallivanting around the world telling stories for the last 16 years and has her suitcase always half packed (or half un-packed!) Follow along on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for monthly newsletters if you want to keep up with the journey!

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