Alright, time to get to gettin’ on the travel posts.
Stop #1 on the South Pacific Adventure list is Bora Bora, French Polynesia. You can get direct flights to Papeete (pah-pet-aye), Tahiti from a few places: Auckland, Paris, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Tokyo, and Easter Island (more on that later).
I had heard that they weigh you as well as your bags on the flight from Papeete to Bora Bora but no such shenanigans were had. It was free seating a la Southwest on a 2-2 configuration plane with big ol’ propellers. It’s a quick 45 minute trip to Bora Bora. Note that the transit in Papeete is messy but tolerable. The airport is open air so if you have a layover dress for the tropics and bring repellent if you’re mosquito-prone.
Pro Tip: sit on the left en route to Bora Bora and you’ll get a great view of the islands.
For the curious there is beverage service on the short flight: pineapple juice.
Once you get to Bora Bora you’ll find little kiosks for each of the major hotels. You’ll need to contact your hotel to set up transfer service beforehand so they know what time you’re arriving. We stayed at the Four Seasons and the back and forth airport transfer was around USD116 per person. (!!!)
It’s a good prep for how much you’ll be throwin’ down for everything once you get to the resort. Get used to it.
You also have no choice because the airport is on its own motu (ie the only way off is by plane or boat and ain’t nobody got time to deal with water taxis and such).
The greeters will have a nice lei for you and after you pick up your luggage from baggage claim (ie the metal shelves near the exit), they’ll help you to the hotel’s boat. The Four Season’s boat is pretty nice.
You’ll get a cold mini bottle of Evian and some refreshing towels to rescue you from the heat and humidity. Another 15-20 minutes and you’ll be at the resort.
At FS you’ll be assigned a concierge staffperson that greets you at the little dock, puts you on a golf cart, gives you a tour of the resort, and escorts you to your room. No front desk time for you, fancy lady! The check in is completely in you room (provided your room is ready).
They show you around the very spacious over water bungalow.
After getting settled in you can get right to what you came here for – lots of this:
… on your own private bungalow balcony.
Up next: more on the Four Seasons Bora Bora.
I love being fancy. ❤