My Big Bora Bora Honeymoon
Posted on: 26 December 2014 by Andrew Newitt
My wife and I had big plans for our honeymoon. It was going to be an adventure of epic proportions, where we would set out to do everything we ever dreamed of but never found the time. It was going to be historic!
Once the wedding was over, we felt absolutely exhausted from all the planning and making sure that everything went just right (my dear wife was big on that), and all we wanted to do was find our own little slice of beach paradise and kick back for a week or two. Instead of our epic adventure, we chose the path frequently traveled the same road so many other newlyweds took. Yup, Bora Bora it was.
It is such a cliche, I know, but we couldn’t think of a location better suited to just sit back and feel all the pent up stress leaving your body. And you know why honeymooning in French Polynesia has become such a solid, time-tested cliche? Because it is awesome!
Normally I would prefer a more active and engaging holiday, but the time we spent in our idyllic thatch roofed overwater bungalow at the Bora Bora Intercontinental Thalasso resort was just what we needed: leisure, leisure, and more leisure.
We actually did a little bit of research online and found plenty of things to see and do, but once we got there we only pulled off the tiniest fraction of planned activities. Here are the parts I’m allowed to disclose…
You hear it all the time that “French Polynesia is heaven on Earth”, or “the garden of Eden”, but even such high praise doesn’t even begin to explain the feeling that goes through your body once you let your eyes soak up the deep blue hue of the waters or when you dip your bare feet into the sand. Every sight is joy for the senses, and it’s not too difficult to picture yourself strapping a hammock between a pair of trees and spending the rest of your life just enjoying the natural wonders all around you.
Those who know me would never call me much of a gourmet, but I was all too happy to immerse myself into the traditional Tahitian cuisine, with all its exotic combinations of fresh seafood and tropical fruit. I’m in for a serious personal restauration and a spartan workout regime fueled by guilt, but, oh man, was it worth it!
From what we were able to gather in the small time we spent “out”, the Tahitians are some of the warmest people we ever encountered on our voyages. Everyone has a warm smile ready for you, whether you’re asking for directions or ordering a cocktail, and often times they will go out of their way to help you out with anything that’s troubling you. In many places the locals are courteous simply because their livelihoods depend on tourism, but here you get the sense that the people are genuinely friendly and helpful.
As I mentioned before, we didn’t get around to doing much on Bora Bora. Outside of the obligatory “Polynesian Night” that most resorts put on once weekly, with fire dancers in their traditional skimpy outfits, and a long line of beach bars and restaurants we visited, we really did spend most of our time lounging on the sand. Some very nice hiking trails were recommended to us, and all of French Polynesia is famous for its diving sights, but we decided to leave all that for a different occasion.
All in all, I am aware that this is not a very detailed and informative guide to Bora Bora, but it only underlines the fact that the Polynesian islands are first and foremost a honeymoon destination. If you’re looking for a romantic setting to spend some quality time with your loved one, I honestly can’t think of a better destination. I’m sure there are plenty of other things to do for those who have something more than romance on their mind, and I will try them all the next time I visit the archipelago.