Bora Bora Part 3

(If you’re just joining me, start back at Part 1 and Part 2 of this 3-part series)

Bora Bora’s airport is on Motu Mute, a flat island on the northwestern edge of the barrier reef. U.S. marines built the airstrip during World War II when Bora Bora was a major refueling stop on the America-to-Australia supply line.


We stepped off the plane and walked the short distance to the pier.  The resort picked us up from the airport and transported us directly to the resort on their boat.  During the 20 minute boat ride we enjoyed gorgeous views on Faanui bay and of the numerous overwater bungalows, crystal clear lagoons and palm trees of the luxury hotels set in the motus around Bora.

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The island’s economy is driven almost solely by tourism.  Over the last few years several resorts have been built on motu (small islands) surrounding the lagoon.  Thirty years ago, Hotel Bora Bora built the first over-the-water bungalows on stilts over the lagoon and today, over-water bungalows are a standard feature of most Bora Bora resorts.

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A bottle of water from the resort costs $10.  We decided to head into town on day 1 to load up on food and water to save a little money.  You can walk the entire town in under 10 minutes.  There’s 1 grocery store, 1 bank, 1 church and a few cafes and souvenir shops in the city.


Bora Bora was first inhabited by Polynesian settlers around the 4th century AD.  James Cook sighted the island in 1770.  Bora Bora was an independent kingdom until 1888 when its last queen Teriimaevarua III was forced to abdicate by the French who annexed the island as a French colony.




Our room at the Le Meridien Resort was perfect.  Room 305, a very modern style with Polynesian flavor throughout.  Nestled over the inner lagoon with spectacular views of the famous Mount Otemanu.  Seeing fish through the floor was cool.  All overwater bungalows feature a large glass floor with amazing views of the lagoon and its marine life.

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Winding stairs on our patio leading into the lagoon


Daily breakfast was included in our stay.  Buffet style with everything you can ask for.  Their fruit was out of this world!


Freshly sliced coconut every morning.  I had no idea you could eat the bark too.


Lots of juice.  Banana was my favorite.

While Bora Bora is certainly about sun, sand and relaxation, we did spend a fair bit of time doing lots of non-beach chair items.

First up – Jet Skis!




We stopped on a small island half way through our jet ski excursion.  This is our guide slicing up fresh pineapple and coconut he hand-picked 10 minutes before this photo was taken.


Up next…Stand Up Paddle Boards and Kayaking!





I did manage to squeeze in a little deep-sea fishing before leaving paradise.  But I am saving the best for last, so more on that later.  I realize this is very pic heavy but here are a few more photos I would like to share.


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Le Meridien at night.  It was dark by 6 PM every night.



I have a very cool fishing story to share, so all you fishing guys and gals out there…please stay tuned!


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  2. Terri says:

    more photos please! looks amazing!


    • haha! I have one more Bora post that I’ll be posting real soon!


      • Terri says:

        did y’all book everything separately on your own or find a package deal? that is a dream vacation that probably won’t come true for us until we’re retired (i.e. not dealing with small children).


      • We worked with several Tahiti specific travel agencies but ended up booking thru Costco as a package deal. Costco Travel is great, reasonable costs, no pressure or commission driven.


      • Terri says:

        glad to hear that. we almost went with costco for our upcoming hawaii trip, but actually came out a few hundred cheaper and lets us bring brodie for the same price as if we booked everything separately.


  3. Vu says:


    Great post. We’re heading to bora bora in 3 weeks for our honeymoon. How was the fishing near the le meridian, that’s where we’ll be staying at too. I don’t plan in hiring a guide since I hate trolling and prefer to cast with top waters. What baits would you bring with you now that you know you’ve been there. Looks like you guys had an awesome time there!



    • Vu, the fishing around the le meridian isn’t very good, unless you hire a guide. The lagoons along the motu’s are all protected by the resorts, so fishing isn’t allowed. You can go out to the ocean side and fish on your own, but it’s very rocky and dangerous. I would highly suggest you hire if you want to catch fish. You’ll get small baitfish on your own however. If you limit yourself to just topwater lures, you’ll be disappointed. Trolling is your bet. As far as lures, fish anything that mimics baitfish/mullet. Good luck!


  4. Vu says:

    James thanks for the info! I’ll definitely have to check out a few guides then for some fishing.


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