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Bora Bora – day five

Today is our last day at Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort but really it is only moments before the whole trip is over. Two more nights, one on Moorea and another back on Tahiti and that’s it. French Polynesia is done.

Meal times are longer and generally more amenable here than Tikehau. Our flight is at 3:30pm and our boat transfer will be right around lunch time so we have decided on a late lunch and to eat an early dinner at Moorea when we arrive.

For some reason today, of all days, I remember to take photos of the breakfast buffet.

There is a wide selection. European and Asian delights. Fairly standard buffet items. A lot larger than Tikehau but this resort is also a lot larger, busier, less personal. It tries to cater to everyone, make everyone happy and in doing so is very impersonal.

Room key – because I thought the room number was a joke until we got the key

The staff at breakfast were super friendly and helpful. Hot chocolate was no problem, as long as I asked. Given I am lactose intolerance, I only had it twice.

After breakfast we pack completely, leaving only our swimmers out. Packing does take forever, don’t underestimate the amount of time wasted packing and repacking bags to make things fit properly.

Bora Bora French Polynesia

We have one last stand in our plunge pool, take our luggage to reception, check out of the room and head in for a final swim/snorkel. We end up looking through the water rather than snorkelling.

Hot Tubbing on Bora Bora

Bora Bora French Polynesia

The other night we discovered the “secret” hot tub. Today, mid snorkel we feel it is best to have a dip. It is in the shade, the water is quite warm. Before drying off and getting changed we need to snorkel again to cool down.

Bora Bora French Polynesia

A final goodbye to the beach and resort. A quick walk around. Then to the bathrooms near reception. Now dry and dressed, we have to get ready to leave and make our transfer over to Moorea.

Bora Bora French Polynesia

Tikehau is winning. The stay has been fine but when every man and his dog are at your hotel. Boats never stop churning, morning evening and night they run past the resort. It isn’t as tranquil as I would have hoped. Not for the price, not for the hype.

Bora Bora day 5 was 5 April 2018
Updated 27 September 2019

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