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24.1.14

Bora Bora: Matira Beach



Bora Bora is the island of the overwater bungalows for a good reason. With the exception of the motu (sand islets over the coral reef) there's only ONE real beach in the main island: Matira Beach.

Staying around there is really nice. There are various restaurants (inside and outside hotels), stores and opportunities to rent a kayak or a bike (which are not common in the quieter areas). Matira hosts luxury hotels (i.e. Sofitel, Intercontinental), that offer fancy dining, Polynesian shows and pampering SPAs. But for us not being able to pay over 500€ the night, there are other super pleasant options to explore the wonders of the dream island.

We will talk about Village Temanuata more in detail. All I can say is, hands down, the place to go in Bora Bora. Is not so expensive, the owner is EXTREMELY NICE and HELPFUL, the bungalows are perfect and the location is, right on the beach. The only downside is that it tends to be fully booked year round (we met a lady that spends months in there) so rush up.

Same goes with diving, lagoon tour and other activities. Bora Bora remains, despite the crisis, quite popular. Things tend to get crowded, specially around the key dates of Christmas and New Year. Plan in advance, to secure the experience.


Someone was happy to be there, yay!


For relaxing times, Matira Beach.




Islanders' hut.

Hinano on the road.

The famous overwater bungalows, in this case, from Maitai hotel.

This is a rather pleasant place, more on the budget side of the experience.

Blue lagoon for the boats of the diving school. That unfortunately, was full. Luckily, we got to see the Lemon Sharks from above, while snorkeling :)


Our friends in all the islands, the very shy polynesian crab.
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theROOM said...

Qué pasada de sitio... ya había visto unas fotos "de primera mano" porque una de mis amigas pasó parte de su luna de miel ahí, pero no me canso...

dontplayahate said...

Nosotros no tuvimos luna de miel y casi que mejor. Porque con lo que se dejan los honeymooners Japoneses en resorts de lujo, te haces los 3 viajes por Australia, Tahiti & Polynesia, en sitios más normales :)

Así que cómprate un billete y a explorar los mares del sur. Mi gran ilusion es ir a Fiji, Palau y las islas perdidas que suenan a chiste (como Rarotonga y similares)

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