My overseas trip this year was absolutely insane and life changing ! This trip was the best experience I have had in my life and I met a lot of people with similar interests who I have since become great friends with. I had one unforgettable week in LA and Malibu and then I was off to Bora Bora where I had big plans of eating, sleeping, drinking and repeating. I successfully accomplished this goal.
To get out to the Islands in French Polynesia you have to stay in Tahiti night before due to flight schedules from LAX. I arrived very late at night in Tahiti with no information on how I get to Bora Bora the next day. Everyone from my travel agent to check in clerks at LAX told me that Tahiti runs on ‘Island time’ and I would be given further information when I arrived. Thankfully this was nice and easy. As I collected my bags and stepped outside I was greeted by people who checked my name off that I had arrived, gave me a package with all the info required for my trip and assisted myself and others onto buses for our hotel transfers.
I stayed at Le Meridian Hotel not far from the airport. After being given even more welcome gifts and drinks I went to my room and slept like a baby. The past week had well and truly caught up with me and I was exhausted. The next day I was blown away by how beautiful the area is. I finally got to see Tahiti in all its glory and it was so beautiful. I had breakfast by the hotel pond where large Koi fish were swimming around looking for food. It was a nice, relaxing way to start the day. I was soon back on a bus to the airport where everyone from night before met and we got on our respective planes to fly out to BB and other Islands in area.
To get from BB airport out to my hotel I had to catch a boat. Hotels send them and pick up their guests when planes arrive. The boat ride was a 30 minute ride and the water is so incredibly blue!
Due to my original hotel being damaged beyond repair in a storm, I was given a free upgrade to Sofitel’s Private Island. I felt incredibly spoilt. The customer service throughout the whole region is excellent. I was given a tour of Island which took all of 10 minutes then shown my over water bungalow where my bags had already been delivered. I won’t lie I squealed like a girl at how amazing this all was and did what any self-respecting person would do – hit the free mini bar, took a million photos and called my Mum! I was in Bora Bora on my own so I had whole place to myself for the 3 nights I was staying. Not even a dozen couples were on Island with me. It was so peaceful. They looked at me weird whilst I ate at restaurant on my own but I could not have cared less. I was looking at them weird as they were all either bickering with each other or playing on their phones whilst eating! So much love. Not.
I came across a 4WD company that tours the main Island that was very affordable. BB is very expensive to participate in activities so at one point it looked like I would just be chilling in bungalow the whole time. For almost 4 hours we were taken around and through the 3 villages, being educated on the way of life on this Island. We went to several lookout points, visited local business where fruit was served and tie dye clothes were made by locals. It was awesome to see how life is lived in French Polynesia. They are all so chilled out without a worry in the world. I bought back some beautiful gifts for myself that I will treasure.
My mind, body and soul were reset and it was the relaxing holiday I had hoped for. I recommend everyone to go. Three nights was more than enough time.
At the moment I am working out where 2018 will take me. I am strongly leaning towards Europe.