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Bora Bora - You have to see it to believe it

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A May 2003 trip to Bora Bora by jenandfrank

Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa Photo, Bora Bora, French Polynesia More Photos
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Bloody Mary's

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Definitely the most famous on Bora Bora, this restaurant offers lunch and dinner (but the bar is open at 9:30am). Think of it as Hard Rock minus the loud music and movie paraphernalia. They ask for reservations but only need a few days' notice. The restaurant offers a free shuttle service from different locations (if you are located on another motu, your hotel water taxi will take you to the ferry drop-off, and the shuttle bus will meet you there). I heard that a few concierges were telling guests that Mary’s is only open certain nights of the week (this is done to keep you at the hotel’s restaurants). Not true--they are open every day but Sunday. When you first arrive at Bloody Mary’s, you ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 27, 2004

Bloody Mary's
Main Road
Bora Bora Island, Tahiti
+689 67.72.86

Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa Photo, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
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Motu Toopua, Nunue 689 603 300 What a phenomenal trip! My husband and I receive several monthly travel magazines. Whenever a year-end "Gold List" comes out, we are always so disappointed when we see that the Nui was again forgotten. I’d like to think it’s because of the remote destination and that not enough people have been. This is one of the most incredible resorts we have ever been to and definitely in the top three (if not number one) on Bora Bora. This resort, only 2 years old, has every amenity and luxury feature you could want, and although room sizes and views vary, they all include the same thing. From the beginning at the airport, you are met by a few of the hote...Read More

Bora Bora - Notes/Thoughts

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Bora Bora Photo, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
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Bora Bora was named and built by U.S. GIs in the 40s. I have heard two different comparisons to Hawaii; one was that Tahiti as a whole receives fewer visitors in one year than Honolulu does in one month, and the other was that Tahiti receives fewer visitors in one year than Hawaii does in one day. Either way, my point is that this is a place to get away from it all: secluded, quiet, crystal lagoons, perfect beaches, superexotic. High season here is determined by each hotel and/or the airlines. Unlike most warm locations, it is not based on a rainy season, simply because the weather here is very unpredictable day to day. For those first-time visitors to Bora Bora, what you should know is that the airpo...Read More

Shark Feeding - Water Safari

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The shark-feeding tours are the big thing on Bora Bora. We booked ours through the Concierge at the Nui. We paid just under $75 each (and I’m sure the Nui got its cut) for what should have been a 3-hour tour. Our tour company was Matira Tours (689/23-55-78). They picked us up at 9:30am at our hotel (they also have 1pm departures), and there were about 20 of us on the trip. Matira runs tours everyday except Sunday and also offers Motu Picnics and snorkeling-only trips. Some tour companies bring you on outrigger canoes and some on regular boats (almost like those used for diving trips). We took a regular boat (33 feet long), which was my preference because the canoes were just too low to the water ...Read More
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Top Dive – Vaitape, 689-60-5050. French. This is definitely considered (as it should be) the finest dining on Bora Bora. It is located north of Vaitape on the lagoon and with only 47 seats. Reservations must be made (way in advance) and can be done online or with your concierge. The website is www.topdive.com (Top Dive is also a hotel). It's extremely romantic, with beautiful views of the Bora Bora Lagoon. (If you are out on the terrace, you can watch manta rays in the water below you.) The restaurant has huge cathedral ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, marble floors, candles everywhere—just about everything inside was done top-notch. It’s open for lunch and dinner and offers a free shuttle...Read More