Great holidays and vacations are hard to find, and when you find one, it’s hard to ever forget it. And Bora Bora is the perfect example of such a fab holiday. By Cliff Morris
As a young boy, I had always wondered if there really was a Garden of Eden. I flipped through books and traced the world with my fingers, over the maps of different countries in the atlas. As I embarked upon this voyage, I had never expected this island called Bora Bora to be any different from the ones I had been to earlier, but I was indeed… pleasantly surprised.
Bora Bora, without a doubt, is one of the most beautiful and mythical islands in the whole world. Most people who have been here would agree that this is an island of all dreams, and one that could leave you spellbound in its beauty. It is a pretty picture, with a lagoon resembling a palette of the hues of blue and green, and the sparkling white sand beneath your feet.
Bora Bora is the most famous of the Leeward Islands and occupies a surface area of 38 sq km and is located at the north west of Tahiti. The one hour flight from Papeete, the capital of Tahiti, will definitely leave you with one of the special memories of your getaway. The airport being located on an islet, the flight has to be followed by a short boat ride over the lagoon, along the islets. Seen from the air, it is said that Bora Bora can be compared to a tiny emerald in a setting of turquoise, encircled by a sheltering necklace of pearls!
My friends and I jumped off the boat over the pure white sands. As the boat docked ashore, we were greeted by a Polynesian couple who escorted us to our rooms, a short distance from the waters.
The first few days were spent lazing on the shores, and an occasional dip into the clear waters. It is hard to pretend like you’re just enjoying the island, when it’s actually much more than that. It’s like a giddy rush that prevents you from taking that stupefied look off your face. Every moment in Bora Bora is a special one, and wherever you go, you would discover a sweet something about this island. It’s hard to find the right words to describe it. Nothing written or told could even come close to the magic that emanates from this island.
Our hotel was situated in one of the tiny motus (islands) around the heart of Bora Bora. There were many rooms to choose from, there were open air bungalows, to over-the-water bungalows, to air conditioned huts along the land’s edge. We took a glass bottomed bungalow with floodlights, which gave the room a faint bluish glow of the sea and at the same time allowed us to get a glimpse of the underwater life at night. We used to occasionally climb down the ladder in our deck and snorkel in the shallow waters between our bungalow and the main island.
To the south of Bora Bora is the Coral garden, a natural underwater park, where all types of fish and corals are found. We decided to go to the Aqua Safari, which was the best way to see the underwater life without a diving certificate. Excitedly, we donned our wet suits and dived into the waters. We were amongst the most beautiful of fishes, which brushed past us every now and then. Each time we threw a few pieces of shrimps or bread crumbs out of our net bag, schools of tropical fishes swarmed us with hungry fervor! An hour later, we surfaced, and eagerly checked out the different species of fishes that we had seen with our guide.
Pora Pora (Bora Bora)
The ancient name, believed to mean “first born”, came from Polynesian legends describing this as the first island to rise when Taaroa, the supreme god, fished it out of the waters after the mythical creation of Havai’i, now known as Raiatea. In the ancient times, it was actually called “Mai Te Pora” which literally signifies created by the Gods.
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