When you plan to travel around French Polynesian islands without seen Borabora, that means you have lots of REGRETS bound to follow.
Bora Bora is a small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. Surrounded by sand-fringed motus (islets) and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef, it’s known for its scuba diving. It’s also a popular luxury resort destination where some guest bungalows are perched over the water on stilts. At the island’s center rises Mt. Otemanu, a 727m dormant volcano.
The commune of Bora-Bora is made up of the island of Bora Bora proper with its surrounding islets emerging from the coral reef, 29.3 km2 in total. The surrounding islets include Motu Tapu, Motu Ahuna, Tevairoa, Motu Tane, Motu Mute, Motu Tufari, Motu Tehotu, Motu Pitiaau, Sofitel Motu, Motu Toopua, and Toopuaiti. The commune also includes the atoll of Tupai (11 km2 ), located 20 kilometres north of Bora Bora. The atoll of Tupai has no permanent population apart from about 50 workers in the coconut plantations.
Borabora is definitely one of the most beautifu, expensivel and exotic holiday destinations in the world. Without a doubt, my time in this tiny beautiful island paradise was certainly one of the highlight of my journey. To have a taste of Borabora, it was unbelievable and I just indulge myself in this paradise haven island. Though, it is expensive, it is everyone’s dream to visit this paradise island just to tick it off the bucket-list. I now know why? Even though Bora Bora is a tiny island, there is no shortage of things to do on the island. Since I was there for few days and instead of relaxing in this beautiful crystal clear beach and fufiling my island dream holiday, I decided to do something different from what I would normally do. Wherever, I visit different countries I always find something different to do. This island has so much more to offer that I haven’t yet done, not only in Bora Bora itself, but trekking the island on a jeep.
The jeep trekking was intriguing and couldn’t wait to explore it. There were 10 of us on this tour and were escorted to the jeep by our local guide and driver, who was a French man but lived in Bora Bora for almost 20 years. Since, the island of Tahiti is colonized by the French, the main language spoken on the island is French and there is a large number of French population living there. The guide spoke English but not very fluent and at times it took us a while to understand what he was trying to explain.
It was my very first experience to go on a jeep ride and gosh, yes, it was a real experience alright. I was totally nervous but at the same time filled with excitement as I wasn’t the only one. We began by driving up this very steep, rugged, rough and very bumpy road track which was beyond repair. It was a real frightening experience for me but I tried not to exposed my fear to the rest of the people. The road was very narrow and many times we had to bend inwards to avoid branches and twigs before they could tear our eyes or head apart. It was truly an experience of a life-time. Some of this rough jeep tracks lead us to some of the most stunning views of the island and from that time on, our cameras never stopped clicking.
From a personal perspective: Living a life with full of dreams is another thing and travelling the world with fulfilling those dreams is another thing. It certainly did for me. It was truly an amazing experience. As we travel, we can experience what it is like to be on this beautiful island holiday destinations.