Bora Bora, Part 1!

March 24, 2024

We needed to get away…I needed to getaway. The past year, but mostly the past few months have been so wearing on me. I am bone tired and emotionally and physically worn out.

Thankfully, I have been learning to travel free with credit card points and miles this past year so we had a nice stock pile to use! When I started this hobby last January, Brandon told me he would support me with this hobby if I could get us to Bora Bora and stay in an overwater bungalow. I told him I would!

A year later, we made it happen. A $27,000 trip cost us just $550, plus some food and a few other random expenses. Money is tight right now, but I am SO thankful learning how to travel this way has provided me with an escape when I need it the most. God is good. Travel fuels me and keeps me going.

Here are some of our highlights:

Tahiti Temple

We spent the first night in Tahiti and had part of our day to explore before flying to Bora Bora. I was so excited to get an appointment to serve in the Tahiti Temple first thing that morning.

Hilton Tahiti Hotel

Our credit card got us into the free breakfast buffet and it was delicious! Our view wasn’t too bad either. I didn’t catch it on camera, but as we sat from this table, we saw a whole group of dolphins jumping, swimming, and spinning by.

The Marche

A sweet missionary couple drove us from the temple to the Marche (market) to spend a few hours before our driver picked us up to go back to the airport. We bought a few things for the children and I got my nails painted from this beautiful Tahitian woman.

Tender Mercy Taxi Driver

I had booked us a taxi driver to take us from the airport to the hotel on the first night since I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to find one there. This lady greeted us and took us to the hotel. On our drive, we talked about all sorts of things and I told her I was looking for a ride to the Tahiti temple the next morning. She knew all about the temple and used to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She offered to come pick us up and drive us to the temple. Tender mercy! I wasn’t sure how we were going to get around, but had faith God would provide a way. He did!

She was so sweet and kind and wanted to take pictures with us before we left. I love having experiences like this in new places.

Getting to Bora Bora

Our driver picked us up from the Marche and then drove us to the hotel to grab our luggage and then take us to the airport to catch our 50-minute flight to Bora Bora. Unfortunately, we were delayed a few hours, but still made it in time to get there before dark.

The Bora Bora hotel is the smallest and most beautiful airport I’ve ever seen. The airport is on it’s own island with nothing else. The only way to get our hotel was to take a water taxi. Ours was waiting for us when we got there and had drinks and shell necklaces to greet us.

The water taxi ride was about 20 minutes and we were the only ones on it. It felt like our own little sunset cruise in paradise. It was so surreal to pull up to the hotel and see all the overwater bungalows that we had seen in pictures!

Our Endless Lagoon View Suite

We were upgraded to a suite the first 2 nights. There were petals on the bed and a beach bag. We had our own balcony with pool and an incredible view.

Impromptu Photo Shoot

Our first morning after breakfast, we were taking some pictures when one of the employees saw my camera and offered to take some picture of us! He wants to be a photographer and wanted to practice, so he ended up taking all sorts of fun photos of us…which made me so happy!

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