What up y’all?
I am fully embracing summer. It’s like 100 million degrees here in sunny California, and I’ve decided to just go with it. Should you come by my house at any unexpected moment, you might just find me in our pool, near our pool or making dinner while the kids are in the pool with Davin. Bora Bora has taught me something, and that is: I take myself way too seriously, and I just need to chill.
Is the sun out? Yes.
Am I at home with kids all day? Yes.
Should I take my naps outside in the pool (while my kids are napping) and get a tan without feeling guilty that part of my everyday summer parenting experience includes me lounging in the pool every day for a half an hour to sleep and tan? Yes I should.
I have brought Bora Bora home. Also, my laptop might overheat because I am currently typing outside by the pool. In fact, it just got sprayed by the pool cleaner thing. Whateve’s I don’t even care it’s all good.
Here is my very best 4th Grade State Report summary of Bora Bora. If that didn’t just get you way excited, I don’t know what could. Also, I feel like when people take vacations, and don’t give me a play-by-play, I am deprived. I want photos and stories. I want to hear it all because I am vicariously enjoying your vacation. Yes I am. So, when you come home from Disneyland, Europe, Alaska, Weed… wherever, I want to hear ALL about it, because it’s fun.
BORA BORA!!! Let’s go together through pictures!
Bora Bora is amazing. And it takes like almost a full day to get there from the West Coast – but that matters not once you are there. It actually felt short to us, but that is because we are parents of young children, and for me, the trip literally started the moment we walked through the airport doors. I looked around and smiled, and then slipped into cruise control. Which actually looked more like me just staring and smiling and looking at everything. A few times Davin had to say, “Are you okay? You’re so distracted.” I was like, “Huh, what? I actually get to look around someplace and just watch people… this never happens. No one NEEDS anything from me.” That in itself was amazing. Visiting the airport. Also, if your ever in the International Airport in LAX, hit up Ink Sack it’s delicious, then grab some wine in the wine bar next door, they will let you bring your samiches’ over.
Back to Bora Bora. Here’s an ariel view, that is not pretend. This is real life. You get here after leaving LA, landing on Papeete, then taking a small (see: exciting turbulence) to this island. If you sit on the left side of the plane, you are treated with a view similar to this.
Then you get a boat ride all the way around the main island to your resort. So for us it was Airplane ride #1,2,3 and Boat ride #1. 22 hours of travel = that was nothin’. When we arrived, they played us a song on a ukulele, blew a conch and gave us leis and coconuts to drink from. It was like lifestyles of the Rich and Famous all up in here.
The water is a million different shades of blue and turquoise. Every time the sky changes, the water does as well. It’s like a constantly shifting piece of art. There are also no bugs or animals that will kill you on the island. I saw that as a natural plus.
I am partially convinced it was like a sneaky visit to heaven, like a preview of what it’s going to be like. We were told it was once a volcano that collapsed on itself and made this amazing motu/reef surrounding it which makes the water almost lake like some days.
The air. I have to talk about it, because it was amazing.
On our resort’s island, the air was a perfect mix of warm and humid but not too sticky. The main island occasionally lacks the breeze, but out on the ocean we stayed nice and cool.
Once we realized there were no bugs, we slept all night with our windows and slider open.
Davin and I did a 4×4 tour one day, which happened to be private, only because no one else had booked it. I totally recommend it, as we were able to see the whole island and get a lot of history in about three hours. It was like serious Indiana Jone’s style though. In ten days, Hawaii gets as many visitors as Bora Bora does in a year. It’s a great place to be if you want to run into like 5 people and that’s it.
And we went to a luau…
Lastly we took a lot of photos and chilled. The chilling was my favorite part. Sometimes we’d wake up early to watch the sunrise on the top of the island, and other nights we’d hike to to the top to see the sunset. It was just. So. Beautiful. And I want to go back. Someday.
To sum it up. Sprinkle all of your magical dreams of a tropical vacation onto a sparkly unicorn, hop into the saddle and watch it gallop you over a rainbow and fly off into the sky. That is Bora Bora.
Thanks for reading!
Bora Bora Beach Drink Recipe (stir fast with ice) – an accidentally modified version from the one I was taught by a fancy underground barkeep
2 oz. Rum (I prefer light, but either would work, we used Bacardi)
4 oz. Juice (mango, oj, sprite, your choice)
3/4 oz. Cointreau (& we tossed in 3/4 St. Germain bc I confused the recipe;-)
1 oz. Pineapple Juice (they sell this non-concentrate at TJ’s BTW)
Serve in a collins glass with a cup full of ice. Enjoy~