Moving along... If you missed Part 1 (click here), Part 2 (click here), Part 3 (click here) or Part 4 (click here). Otherwise..here we go.
Last time I mentioned that I would recap a couple of activities that we did while we were there; I would have put them in the last post but it was entirely too long as is and I felt like a couple of them needed extra space! So here we are.
We went on this honeymoon VERY flexible. Though it was possible to buy and book excursions ahead of time for cheaper rates, we honestly didn't know what we would feel like doing, so we didn't plan anything! Once we got there and got a feel for things, we made decisions. And just as a little piece of info...Bora Bora is very relaxed and known for being so calm, therefore there are literally less than 10 things you can do here--excursions, tours, etc.. It is definitely not for active people or people who like excursions all day, every day. Luckily, we are not those people :)
Polynesian Dance on the Beach
The first "activity" we did just a couple nights into it was attend a Polynesian dance on the beach. The dance was scheduled at 8:00pm so after spending the afternoon and evening laying out and swimming, then eating a quick dinner, we got all dolled up and headed into the beach.
Once there, we grabbed a seat on the steps where they had laid pads down and waited as everyone else filed in to watch. At about show time, I'd say there were only about 30 of us..so it was perfect and intimate.
Then the dance started...
These girls were SOOOO good!! They sure could shake their rumpas!! It was mesmerizing and fascinating to watch and they certainly kept us entertained the entire time.
It lasted about 45 minutes or so and afterwards they wanted all the women and men to come to the front and grab a partner and they would teach you then you would perform in front of everyone. It was so fun to watch everyone else..even some younger kids (about 10-12) got up and did it. So cute!
After all the fun on the beach and sand in our toes we called it a night. I didn't learn how to shake my rumpa quite like them but was so happy we went. It was a neat experience!
Jet ski Island Tour
So after a couple of days of being there and the weather being absolute perfection, we decided we wanted to do the jet ski excursion. Basically you rent a jet ski (or two if you each want your own) and you go out and take an all afternoon tour around the island with a tour guide and other jet skis--whoever signed up. They take you on the innerside of the reef where the hotels are, as outside it would be quite boring and probably too rough/dangerous. It looked fun and we saw other people doing it a couple days and signed ourselves up for the afternoon session early one morning!
After spending the afternoon doing our thing, we arrived to the beach that afternoon when scheduled and our tour guide already had our jet ski's ready for us. After getting everyone fitted for life jackets, he gave us a quick 30 second instruction with a couple hand signals and told us to get on. I chose to ride with Ryan as we didn't need our own jet skis, and also because I would probably be too scared alone anyway :)
|Crazy hair, don't care!|
After everyone was on theirs, we took off. We took off going left from our hotel and over the next few hours, we encircled the entire volcano, riding across the smoothest and clearest water.
|This is completely unedited..you can see where the water depth/color changes|
We would stop periodically to look at things such as the city of Vaitape which is located on the bottom of the volcano, and we also stopped near other landmarks and hotels. The tour guide would explain things to us and off we would go again!
The last little stop we did was on a very shallow and warm sand bar. It was basically like our hotel beach but wasn't near any hotels or anything so it was very calm and serene. He also cut up a coconut for us all here too--Ryan LOVED the fresh coconut everywhere but I'm not, and never have been, a coconut fan. The whole experience of the sandbar in the middle of nowhere reminded me of Gilligan's Island though :)
After relaxing here for awhile and then getting back on the jet skis, we arrived back to our hotel a few hours after leaving. We were both semi-burnt on the tops of our knees and tops of our feet but we had so much fun. It was definitely the most fun activity we did while there and I would recommend it to anyone, plus our tour guide was great!
The last "activity" I wanted to post about was a dinner on the beach. We actually had this scheduled for Tuesday and I had no idea it was Tuesday so we got ready and went on Wednesday. Upon arrival they basically told us they had no idea what we were talking about so we felt a little discouraged and went back to our bungalow only to realize I had totally messed it up and should have double checked things ;) whoops! Anyway, it was no big deal and we rescheduled it for the next night and it ended up working out perfectly that way.
So basically we spent our day doing the normal thing and then showed up at the hotel's restaurant that night, ready for our dinner.
|I LOVE the back of this dress. So feminine and sexy :)|
They led us out to our setup and we had a table with these who huge straw seats made for a king set up all by itself. The table was set so beautifully and had the most gorgeous view I have ever seen. Seriously, it was breathtaking.
We had a seat and were given our personalized menus.
We were then served hot bread and butter, an option of a few different wines, plus (glass) bottled water.
Our dinner then started...it was a 5 course meal and actually the first 5 course meal I had ever had. Sheltered child, I suppose :)
I liked a few things; LOVED one, and didn't care for a few things but picked at them anyway. We talked, laughed, and stared at the view. It was the most romantic thing we have ever done, honest to God. I felt like we were all alone on a beach/island and loved every minute of it.
After dinner we got a small desert each--it was basically a chocolate lava cake with coffee ice cream and some fruits. It was great, then we talked awhile longer as the sun set completely and we could no longer see the mountain, only stars.
We decided to call it a night and headed back to our bungalow, bellies full!
So there were our few activities we really enjoyed--all very different, but all awesome. Overall, our trip was nothing short of amazing. I told Ryan several times that it was literally the happiest I had ever felt in my entire life. The stress of the wedding was completely gone and we had absolutely not a care in world for 2 weeks. It is an amazing feeling and one I could have never gotten at home. The views, activities, and serenity of Bora Bora was certainly what made it what it was...everything we imagined. If anyone ever gets the chance to go and experience this, we would recommend it time and time again. I think EVERYONE deserves that feeling.
And, as cliche as it may sound, there was no one else in the world I would have rather have spent the time with...I am more in love today with Ryan than I ever have been and hope to continue to grow on that for the rest of my life.