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Bora Bora – day one

Bora Bora French Polynesia

We have transferred from Tikehau via Tahiti to Bora Bora and lost most of the day. Everyone that we waited for at the airport is now checking in before us at the hotel.

Our bags are handled from the boat for us. In time we get to check-in. As we had an overwater bungalow in Tikehau we went for the room with its own pool here on Bora Bora. That means we are on land and not overwater. At this moment we are slightly disappointed with that but we aren’t going to upgrade the room. The hotel is sold out, so even if we wanted to we couldn’t.

Bora Bora French Polynesia
The bedroom portion of our villa

We are told tonight there is a themed dinner, one sitting and sold out but they can squeeze us in if we tell them now. Otherwise, the only alternative will be sushi at the Japanese restaurant.

Bora Bora French Polynesia
Villa bathroom by night

With the last of the hotel information given, we go to our room. It looks fine in the dark. Our room has air conditioning and a small tv, living in luxury now. The pool is much smaller than we expected.

Bora Bora French Polynesia
Extremely shallow plunge pool with a deep standing area

We have a little outdoor sitting area. A nice backyard really. We are told to keep the doors shut or birds will get in but it’s better to keep it shut to keep the mosquitos out anyway. So, basically, why ever have it open is the gist of it.

Outdoor sitting area
Outdoor sitting area

Let’s all shower together?

Our room has both an indoor and outdoor shower. The outdoor shower just happens to be on the other side of the room to the pool, so you have to walk through the villa. That is kind of ok, only, that side of the villa is also along the path between villas.

The front of the villa, our villa anyway, faces to a creek thing so no one is walking past that side. Slightly odd, or not thought through design there but I guess it is about where taps are located more than how the room will be used, sometimes. Though the pool has water and electricity running to it. Maybe it was just a case of not understanding how the room and pool would be used. Or pre/post-swim showers might not be a thing here.

Bora Bora Dinner

We didn’t book the big themed dinner while at reception so if we want to eat we have to eat at the Japanese restaurant.

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Soup with our set meal

Which is exactly what we did. We ordered the share platter of sushi and sashimi. It was a set meal, so it came with sides. We ordered the drinks we wanted and had a pleasant enough meal.

Bora Bora French Polynesia
Sushi platter

The resort was lit by moonlight more than anything else. Yes, there are lights to guide you along your path, some spots are probably darker than they ought to be. Lights might have been missing but the moon was out and shining bright enough to illuminate our way home.

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Moonlight through the palm trees

Day one is short because we arrived so late. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

Bora Bora day one was 1 April 2018
Updated 27 September 2019

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