Pearl of the Pacific

Trip Start Jul 02, 2003
Trip End Jan 17, 2004

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Thursday, December 4, 2003

Next stop was Bora Bora - initial impressions from the plane were good! The marketing people call it the pearl of the pacific. It's a volcanic island with a very verdant 'mountainous' core surrounded by a deep lagoon and a string of motu. Well the expensive hotels are all locate on the motu and so I was off to the main land. I think it's probably an idylic place if you're on the motu but even there, they do seem to have crammed a lot of those over the sea bungaloes in so may be even there it's over rated. I camped for an extortionate fee and took a bit of a look around the island but to be honest I don't think it has much to offer beyond expensive hotels and over the sea bungaloes. I won't be going back! Fortunately I was only planning to spend the one day on Bora Bora and next stop was Huahine.

Huahine is very similar to Bora Bora and probably gives you an idea of what Bora was like 10 or 15 years ago. To see some more of the island I booked myself on an island tour and a quick stroll along the beach on horseback. We got to see some of the ancient sacred sights (marae), our guide fed some sacred eels - sacred apparently because they keep the islands water sources flowing, and basically we took in the gorgeous scenery.

Things are looking good - initial impression of Bora Bora from the air

Bora Bora from the airport - the airport is located on one of the motu

The beach on Huahine - not exactly a white sand paradise

Our guide feeds the eels on Huahine - note the classic example of a mullet!

Ancient Fish Traps - still used today and used for generations on Huahine

The lagoon at Huahine

The lagoon at Huahine

Ancient Marae on Huahine

Seeing some of the sights on horseback
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