Bora Bora was a dream. I honestly couldn't imagine a better place to spend a honeymoon, anniversary trip, or romantic getaway. It is truly paradise.
The photo above is the view that greets you upon leaving the airport (seriously), as you are whisked by boat to your resort. The water is so intensely turquoise that it looks fake, but the color is a result of the clarity, the depth, and the intensity of the sun over the South Pacific.
The celebratory spread awaiting us on arrival. Champagne! Tropical fruits! I was already in heaven.
The famous overwater bungalows. Ours had small windows facing down towards the water, and you'd catch the reflection of the sun dancing off the water throughout the bungalow.
Sunset as seen from our bungalow. The sun sets very early in French Polynesia (think 6pm) which provided plenty of opportunities to catch gorgeous sunsets before or during dinner. It was such a luxurious treat to have lazy evenings either listening to live music over a tropical cocktail or relaxing and turning in early.
If we weren't on the beach, we were out on the water. Our resort had kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and snorkel gear available, and we took advantage of all of them. I really love SUP, which I find both challenging and relaxing, and took a paddle board out nearly every day. We also took a jet ski tour around the island and went on a snorkel excursio, both of which were incredible.
Jet skiing was a complete blast. You can't see from the photos above is that it was clear and sunny while Doug was in the driver's seat, but then we hit a passing tropical storm with a wall of rain when it was my turn. We stopped midway through for fresh coconut and grapefruit, but the photos are all waterlogged thanks to the downpour. Luckily it cleared up just in time for us to cruise back to the resort at top speed.
While we always try to catch sunsets on vacation (and our honeymoon provided many gorgeous occasions to do so), we heeded a tip to head to the ocean side very early one morning to catch sunrise over the South Pacific. We spent so much of our time on Bora Bora oriented in towards the lagoon that it was a treat to see the expanse of the ocean and the high clouds suspended by the tradewinds. It was definitely a labor of love for Doug to get up that early, and I'm so glad we did it!
On our last night in Bora Bora, we leaned into our honeymoon status and enjoyed a romantic dinner on the beach. Doug admitted afterwards that he thought it would be cheesy and had signed on just to make me happy, but that the experience so far exceeded his expectations that it was a highlight of our trip.
Setting the scene for our dinner, but just wait - it gets better.
We ate so well during our entire stay in Bora Bora. The food in French Polynesia involves lots of locally-caught fish and tropical fruits, complemented with plentiful French bread and fine French wines.
My friend Catherine and her husband spent their honeymoon in French Polynesia almost exactly three years before ours and she raved about the ubiquitous poisson cru, with raw tuna marinated in coconut milk and lime (similar to poke). Catherine hadn't oversold it - I probably ate poisson cru daily while we were there, and I also was head over heels for the local coconut bread, which had a similar texture to zucchini or banana bread.
With rosé champagne and a feast of fresh seafood, we didn't think our dinner on the beach could get any better. And then this happened...
There comes a point in every marriage when you accidentally dress alike, and for us that happened to coincide with our last day in Bora Bora. To be honest, I'm not sure I realized that we were both in light blue and white with mirrored shades until I combed through our photos!
It was hard to leave Bora Bora but we so thoroughly enjoyed our time there that we were grinning on our boat ride back to the airport, as seen below. We knew that we had a few days on the island of Moorea still to look forward to, and we hope to return to Bora Bora one day, maybe to celebrate a milestone anniversary!