I’ve talked about the Moorea airport before, but you have to see it to believe it. So you bet I snapped some shots while there. There’s no air-conditioning, no security, and it’s just so, so small!
We were nervous about the weight of our luggage and carryons. Air Tahiti is really strict about it, and we’ve read a lot of horror stories. When we got to the check in line we quickly learned that it’s all about who you get. We soon were hoping for one person over the other. If we got the guy, he wasn’t weighing carryons, but the lady was, and the people who got her were not happy.
Thankfully, it worked out for us, and we got the guy. He barely looked at my carryons, let alone weighed them. He simply asked how many tags I needed. This saved us at the end of the trip when we were on our way back to Tahiti. I told the person behind the counter we still had our tags, so she didn’t even bother questioning our luggage. Phew!
We met another couple at the airport in Moorea that not only had to pay extra for their luggage, but also had to redo all their packing in order to limit their carryon weight. We definitely had more than them too. We really lucked out.
Anyway, everyone makes a big deal about being the first bunch on the plane. It’s all because they want to get the best seats, or really, sit on the one side for the better view. We didn’t stress over it. In fact, we ended up being one of the last people on the plane, so much so that we were nervous we wouldn’t even find seats together!
We did, but in very front of the plane, and on the less desirable side. We honestly didn’t care, we were just so excited to be on our way to Bora Bora! Then, to our surprise, right before takeoff the flight attendant approached us and asked if we wouldn’t mind changing seats. She said this side of the plane was too heavy (was she calling us fat? Don’t think that didn’t cross my mind lol). Anyway, we of course had no problem doing so, and she placed us in the last row (closest to the exit) and on the opposite side. Essentially, the best seats in the house were just handed to us.
So I admit, we should have rushed on that plane and snagged seats on the one side. Luckily, it worked out for us. But I now fully understand WHY people say you HAVE to sit on the lefthand side. Scroll down and see for yourself. I mean, look at this view!
So take note: when you walk onto the plane, you want to sit on the lefthand side (your left, as you are facing the front of the plane).
The flight from Moorea to Bora Bora is about 40 minutes. You don’t fly very high, and (when sitting on the left hand side) you have a perfect view as you fly over Raiatea, and then another amazing view as you get into Bora Bora!
The Bora Bora airport is located on its own island. It’s not as small as the Moorea airport, and has the prettiest scenery. I mean, this is walking off the plane (below). At an airport! How is this real?
Staff from the Four Seasons Bora Bora greeted us at the airport with leis. They asked us to point out our luggage, and then showed us to our boat. I literally kept pinching myself, because none of it seemed real.
Once on the boat, we were given a refreshing towelette, cold water, and off we went!
At 12,288 xpf per person round trip, it’s a pricey ride (figure for rounding off purposes it’s about $250). However, there’s really no other way to get from point A to point B. I’m not sure if there are “boat cabs,” or something along those lines, but if you’re already spending the money to go to Bora Bora, you might as well just go with what the hotel offers. It’s much easier.
When we pulled up to the resort I thought I was going to cry. I cannot believe I made it here!
Once we arrived we were handed another fresh towelette, as well as a tropical drink. We were greeted (by name) by one of the managers, who had a golf cart waiting, and were whisked off to our overwater bungalow. We didn’t have wait in line, or stand at the front desk to check in. It’s all done right in your overwater bungalow. What a nice and special touch! We even got a tour of the grounds on our way to our room. It was SO well done. The resort is actually much bigger than I thought it was going to be! And by the time we arrived at our overwater bungalow, our luggage was already there. I mean, this whole place just takes service to another level.