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Bora Bora, French Polynesia – Cannons and Conversations

It was raining when we arrived at the Vaitape port once again. Some older gentlemen were sitting and chatting while music played on a handheld radio. After a very friendly attempt to call a ride for us and our assurances we didn’t need one, our Airbnb host pulled up with a huge smile. She gave us fragrant orchid leis and we set ...

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia – A Stay at Le Meridien

We were ready to leave the bug infested villa-studio-thing. After five nights of poor sleep, we had asked the hotel to pick us up as early as possible. They offered 0915, as long as we acknowledged check-in wasn’t until 1500, and we happily took it. Most hotels in Bora Bora are located on the surrounding motus (long skinny islet...

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Bora Bora Matira Beach
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia – Local Living Between Town and the Beach

The van turned right and climbed to the Mediterranean style villa on the Bora Bora hillside. We got out, grabbed our bags, and followed our host to our room. He led us down a hallway to an open-air courtyard. Bright pink flowers surrounded the stone patio, a lily pad pond stood on the opposite side, white pillars lined three sid...

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Bora Bora Resort
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia – Two Nights in an Overwater Bungalow

You can tell how good some places are by their airport. This isn’t a tried and true method, of course. Some not so good places have good airports, some good places have bad airports, and some great places have no airport at all. Sometimes the fact that a place doesn’t have an airport is part of what makes that place so special.
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