Goodbye Moorea - hope to see you again someday!!
Later in the early evening we went to the airport to catch our small plane over to Bora Bora. I'm not a fan of small planes, but was so excited to get to Bora Bora I didn't even care!
Bora Bora is probably the most famous of the Tahitian islands and the one I was looking forward to the most! When we were talking about where we wanted to go on our honeymoon, Bora Bora was somewhere we had always wanted to go and staying in an over water bungalow on the island was a bucket list item of mine!
The main island has a large mountain called Mt. Otemanu in the middle and the main island is surrounded by a lagoon and barrier reef with little "motus" (islands) in the lagoon. Most of the hotels are out on these motus facing Mt. Otemanu which allows for the over water bungalows and water that is like a giant pool.
I didn't take this picture, but here is the island from above:
And very few people actually live on the island. Everyone who works at the hotel actually lives in staff housing areas since there really are no houses or apartments on the island, only hotels.
The airport is also on a motu so after you land, all the hotels have boats come to pick everyone up.
Our luggage was picked up and we were whisked away to our home for the next four days: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa!
Pictures from their website from above:
The boat ride from the airport took us across the "lagoon" and to the resort and we were joined by two other couples (I think one was from Australia and one was from France, very few Americans the whole trip!)
We were met by the main concierge of the airport (who fluently spoke something like 5 languages) and we were taken from the boat dock to the main lobby - on a golf cart! We check in at the hotel and the concierge tells you about the hotel and then takes you on a tour of the hotel on the golf cart
I'll continue more tomorrow about our over water bungalow but here is a picture of one of the coolest parts - a see through coffee table that opens up (to feed the fish of course!) All this blogging is making me want to go back now!