Today, for the first time, we wake up on Bora Bora. Our room and the resort look far more striking in the daylight.
We investigate our room and the resort on the way to breakfast. Our room does look far more impressive in the daylight than it did last night.
For the first time, we can properly see our backyard.
We can properly see the shallow and deep spot of our plunge pool. We could feel it last night. It was a little confusing so I kept falling over and stubbing my toe.
After breakfast, we ask about booking the shark cruise. It is booked out today but we can book tomorrow. We hesitate and decide to go into town. Thinking that maybe we can get a tour from there. Cheaper, available, I am not sure what our plan was.
To Viatape! The main town, Bora Bora
The resort offers a shuttle over to the main island. It runs frequently and it is a pretty quick hop. We wait at the dock for the ferry shuttle. We will be met on the other side by a transfer van.
Once we get into town, we have a wander around. Walking the shops on one side of the street and back down the other. Soon after we are back to where we started, just in time to get caught in a huge rainstorm.
Then we wander to the food store and have a look around for some snacks. I suggest we get a floaty so we have a look at the “department” store but we settle on going back to the food store for some cold cuts, cheese and a baguette.
We had decided that we would go back to the hotel right after. So, we head to the spot for those wanting to go back to the hotel. For whatever reason, while we are waiting for the bus something changes. I am not sure what, or why. I have an idea of how and when. But we decide to hire a car and get a later transfer back to the island.
Let’s hire a car that isn’t – Viatape, Bora Bora
Rather than hiring an actual car, we go with some random, barely a vehicle kind of car. Almost a dune buggy. Remember, we just weathered a huge storm and now we have hired barely a car.
We were partially wet, the car was wet, the seats had to be dried off before we got in. Even though we could see more rain rolling in, we still went with the barely-there vehicle to get us around the island.
Our logic. It should be questioned. We decide crazy things. Illogical things.
We have no windshield and Triston’s sunnies kept getting too wet to see but if he took them off there was too much water slamming into his eyes to keep them open properly. That was in a sprinkle.
Our first stop is Matira Beach. Triston found a beach on the map, I think he read there really is just the one beach on the “mainland”. Plus, we were going to get wet anyway so we may as well go for a swim. Having just tried to drive through a slight sprinkle we knew we couldn’t drive in the rain.
We swim, snorkel and get rained on. The beach is pretty popular when we arrive but as the rain sweeps in others leave. A town bus pulls up and a large group jump on that just after the rain starts. I like it here but also, I don’t.
I flick my hair back and forth …. and lose my top
We have no way to lock our car and all of our valuables are inside. There is a large drop from the road to the beach so we can’t actually see the car. I am sure it is fine but at the same time, this kind of vehicle wouldn’t be covered under travel insurance if something was stolen. Which is slightly concerning. The item would just be gone, not insured, gone.
With the masses gone, we decide to play around a bit and I do the typical in water hair flick move. I fail miserably, many times. It is hilarious. Some Japanese tourists arrive to find us in fits of laughter, they don’t get the joke. Ah, well, I should probably stop now as my top has fallen off every second time and we have company.
You know what though, it was fun. Even Triston gave it a go. He both got a wedgie and almost lost his pants. I am pretty sure he did it slightly more wrong than me. I can’t stop chuckling and it is hard to snorkel, breath and laugh so I give up and suggest we head off now.
It takes about an hour to drive around the entire island. We hired the buggy for just a few hours but the drive to the beach was 15 minutes, meaning we are a quarter of the way around already.
I’ve seen the sights and had delights
There are some amazing sights as we drive around but there are a lot of cyclists and not a lot of opportunities to stop and take photos. We didn’t go to any of the WWII sights. It might have been something we were interested in doing until we were rained on and realised we were both wearing thongs. Not the best combination for a tropical trek up a mountainside.
Back in Viatape, we return the car, they drop us to the ferry terminal in time for us to meet the last transfer of the day. Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort ferry and bus schedule is a little odd. When you get it, there are marks on the form. The marks indicate that a bus will meet the boat and transfer you to town. Not every boat has a bus. Some do. Some don’t.
Water taxis run all night so you can still head into town or back from dinner at Bloody Marys without any issue. You will just pay more for that. Which we didn’t want to do so we have made it back in time for the last boat and away we go.
The day was expensive and a bit interesting. All we did was hire a buggy for a couple of hours but we have spent hundreds of dollars in doing so. The resort does charge for their transfers. We bought some food and a couple of beers in the supermarket, way back before we hired the car.
Another day, another dinner
Tonight, we sit in our little outdoor area. We light a mozzie repellant strip and spray ourselves over with bug repellant. Our meal this evening is our (probably too hot and wet because it was in an open dune buggy all day) cold cuts, cheese, bread, beer, pringles and other snacks. And we couldn’t be happier.
Let’s not forget it was Easter Sunday yesterday, one of our snacks was our one and only Easter egg.
After dinner, we stroll along the beach. Taking in all of the sounds and the light of the moon. To our surprise, there is a never-ending drone of boat engines. I guess, this is the compromise. Tikehau was remote and one small village by the airport. Here there is a major town in the centre island, which each resort only minutes away by boat. Water taxis are in constant use, shuttling people to and from dinner and workers take larger resort provided boats home.
Bora Bora day 2 was 2 April 2018
Updated 27 September 2019