Farewell Bora Bora. We have checked out, changed and are ready to go. There was no topping the shark and ray cruise tour so it is time to move on.
Our flight is during the day so we hope to get some better photos of Bora Bora. The issue is Air Tahiti is free seating so we might end up on the side facing the ocean and not the island. All we can do is hope and try.
Everyones luggage is loaded on to the transfer boat and we all board and wave goodbye to our resort. It really is pretty. Visually, the rugged island in the middle does make for an attractive sight. Tikehau was so flat, it didn’t have this visual appeal but it is still my favourite.
At the airport, our luggage comes off the boat and we check in. All very simple processes. Our flight is called, we board, we do our best with seats.
The flight itself is only short, 3:30pm departure, arriving 45 minutes later. Not landing but having your luggage and on your way to your vehicle in 45 minutes. That is what we found anyway.
We get some nice views on take off. It is worth sitting on the co-pilots side of the plane as you will be flying west to east. If you want views of Bora Bora that is the best side to sit on. As I said though, it is free seating so it can be difficult to get the best spot.
Our flight attendant tapped us and ushered us to different seats for photos when we were able to move. We couldn’t sit there for take off or landing but we thought that was very kind.
Laters Bora Bora, to Moorea we go
Window seats basically fill first and it leaves couples with a lot of single seats. The flight attendants were also really good at asking two single travellers on windows if they would sit together so a couple could sit together.
In not time at all we have arrived. Disembarking is quick. While we wait for our bags, Triston grabs a roadside snack and then we jump in our car transfer to the Hilton Moorea.
Moorea is beautiful. Less atoll-y and more tropical island paradise-y. Seemingly cleaner and more organised, possibly because it is much larger than the island at Bora Bora. Moorea is an island where Tikehau was an atoll and Bora Bora is Motus and a small inner island.
The drive makes us question staying on Bora Bora for that additional night. It was a free night so for the budget it made most sense but two nights here could have been really good. We will just have to make the most of what time we have.
In what feels like, both an eternity and, no time at all we arrive at out hotel. This has a very very different feeling. It is a Hilton, a large global brand and we have been at Pearl Beach Resorts which are a much smaller and local brand. I do feel like we just showed up to a hotel in Hawaii, all I can hear is the American accent. Tikehau was mostly Europeans, a lot of Germans, some Russians. Bora Bora was a mix, Ausralian, American, French or French territories like Noumea and French Polynesia, British, South American.
Check in was simple, our bags are waiting. Ready, we get a buggy to our room and our bags follow a short time later. Now, to make the most of our short time here.
Bora Bora to Moorea was 5 April 2018
Updated 5 October 2019