10 Feb

Moorea to Bora Bora, a 50 minute flight. If you sit on the left you get to see the stunning turquoise lagoon inside the coral reef from the air on approach:

There’s only one way from the airport to the resort and that’s by boat, so here’s the most expensive hotel airport shuttle ever:

But you’re pretty sure it’s all going to be worth it because this is the view you have during check-in:

I’m in the villa at the far end of the pontoon:

This is my terrace with steps down to the deck, which has a ladder to take you into the lagoon:

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

10 Feb

Above is my villa from behind.

The rest of the resort is equally spectacular:

Obligatory cocktail on the beach photo, but at £20 a go there might not be so many. These are £4 in the Philippines!

Living room has a coffee table over a hole so you can look down into the water. The top slides open if you want to feed the fish:

Both bathroom and bedroom are much nicer than these photos show, and look out over the lagoon.

Living room opens out to the terrace:

Terrace leads down to the deck for access to the lagoon:

Looking back at the bedroom end:

Living room end:

My swimming pool:

View from the bedroom:

If you don’t want to feed the fish, you can instead have one cooked in a delicious coconut crust and served on the terrace with a Tahitian vanilla sauce and a glass or two of wine:

Bora Bora , French Polynesia

11 Feb

Taking a break from jetskiing around the lagoon. Look at how the clouds form as the air rises over Mount Otemanu.

A couple of hours chasing speedboats to jump their wakes, then a break on a “Motu” (island) to crack open some coconuts for a drink and a snack.

Trying to film from a wrist-mounted go-pro while bouncing around on a jetski is pretty tough, and it doesn’t show how incredibly brightly turquoise it is out here, and I didn’t get a shot of the eagle rays and manta rays we saw, but jetskis cost £250 for 2 hours, so you’re getting some videos anyway. Even if the hotel is free, don’t come to Bora Bora unless you expect to spend lots of money.

Watch this first one to about 1:50 to see how vicious even an easy, beginner-level wake jump is. Bloody good fun though. Can’t beat a Yamaha engine and a bit of air-time, whether land or sea:




Bora Bora, French Polynesia

12 Feb

Here’s the view from the breakfast restaurant:

Bora Bora is very small, so there’s not much light pollution. Here’s my villa from a different angle:

There’s only a little light from the resort:

Hardly any light on the motu:

So at night you can lie on your lagoon terrace and easily see satellites passing and the milky way glowing. Here’s a shot of Orion taken with a smartphone. Now imagine I wasn’t too lazy to get out the tripod and the good camera and do a long exposure, and picture a sky full of stars.

Today I transfer to the other intercontinental, and I can see online that my standard “inland” room booked on points has been upgraded to another overwater villa.