We’ve been sharing a lot of travel memories lately – with our whole worlds currently confined to four walls (give or take a walk around the block or a trip to the grocery store) remembering past adventures is the best distraction. And is there any better mental vacation than Bora Bora, land of overwater bungalows and no-way-is-this-real landscapes? While I’m working from home and trying to corral a baby who just learned to crawl, remembering that afternoon I spent floating (silently!) in a bathwater-warm lagoon is giving me life right now. Here, a few favorite photos from my trip:
Bora Bora is definitely dream trip material, but it’s worth noting that the French Polynesian island is on the U.S. side of the international dateline, and only an eight-hour flight from the West Coast. Air Tahiti Nui flies nonstop from L.A. to Papeete, and then it’s a 45-minute flight to Bora Bora.
I stayed at The St. Regis Resort Bora Bora Resort, where the overwater bungalows have direct lagoon access, plunge pools, and your own on-call butler. I loved hopping on my beach cruiser and pedaling down the boardwalk to have breakfast by the pool.
If you have to check a few emails on vacation, this is the way to do it.
The beauty of Bora Bora: Doing nothing all day long is what this place is about. Lounge by the pool, maybe amble over to the beach and grab a stand-up paddleboard, take a nap, grab some coconut water from the bar, repeat.
If you do want a little adventure, it’s easily arranged, and almost always via boat. I spent one afternoon snorkeling with blacktip reef sharks, jet-skiing around neighboring motus (Bora Bora is the main island where the airport is, and all of its resorts are on surrounding motus, or islets), and sipping Hinano, Tahiti’s national beer, on the bow of a speedboat.
No matter your stance on sunset photos, I promise that you will not be able to resist taking at least 50 of them while you’re here. Paul Gauguin was enamored with the light on Tahiti, which, among many other aspects of French Polynesia, inspired his work. This photo doesn’t compare to the real thing, but it’s still one of my favorite memories.