Gary worked his magic and got enough airline miles and hotel points to get us to Bora Bora for my bar trip! It was, hands down, the best vacation of my life. Frankly, I don’t see how any other trip could possibly surpass its greatness. I’m sure my love for this trip was exponentially enhanced by the fact that I just spent the past few months studying until my brain bled, but still – it really was a dream come true. So amazing.
Because we used airline miles to get there, it took us a few days to get there. We flew from Dallas to LA, then LA to Oahu, Hawaii where we spent the night. We got to spend the next day in Hawaii so we went to get snow cones and did some shopping. From Hawaii we flew to Tahiti, where we spent the night at the hotel right across from the airport. Then we flew from Tahiti to Moorea.
Moorea is an island right before Bora Bora. We stayed in Moorea for 3 nights in an overwater bungalow at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa. It was so incredible! The bungalow was amazing, the view was incredible, and there were sharks!!!! There was a crepe place right near our bungalow (which we ate at 2 nights – so yummy!) so every night a ton of black tipped reef sharks would swim around underneath the dock waiting for food. It was crazy! Probably one of my favorite things about the whole trip. Our last night there I saw a shark swim right under our bungalow! I just happened to be looking through the glass in the floor of our bungalow and it swam right under me! I was so shocked that I tripped and fell. After I recovered from my fall, I grabbed my camera and ran outside on our deck to watch for it. Several more ended up swimming right past us – one was close enough to touch. Unreal.
From Moorea we went to Bora Bora, where we spent 8 nights at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa (we obviously had lots of Hilton points). We spent the first night in a garden view bungalow, the next 2 nights in a hillside bungalow, and then the last 5 nights in an overwater bungalow. The bungalow was even more amazing in Bora Bora than it was in Moorea! I mean, I wish you could have seen my face – I was freaking out. It was huge and beautiful and amazing. There was a living area, the bedroom, and a huge bathroom. The deck was on the end of the row so our view was all ocean. The water was probably 25 feet deep. Everyday we saved bread from breakfast and fed the fish from our deck – another one of my favorite things on this trip.
My absolute favorite thing about this trip is the fact that we didn’t have to leave our little bungalow if we didn’t feel like it. We didn’t have to wander around a resort searching for two empty chairs to relax in. We had our very own chairs on our very own deck! And Gary could be in the shade or up on the covered deck or inside safely away from the sun while I sunbathed. It was perfection. Both Moorea and Bora Bora had chairs available on the beach, but I preferred the comfort of my bungalow.
Even though we didn’t have to leave our bungalow (facilitated by room service), we did leave to eat breakfast and dinner. Gary is a Hilton Honors member so we got to eat breakfast for free. Breakfast in Bora Bora was oh so delicious. I had made-to-order french toast and eggs benedict every morning. Divine. We would skip lunch and just snack until dinnertime because honestly, food on a remote island is pricey. To save money we stopped at a local grocery store before checking in to the hotel where we stocked up on water bottles, cheese, crackers, granola bars, and nuts. Then we would eat an early-ish dinner at one of the amazing restaurants. As amazing as these restaurants were, however, the serving sizes were way tiny. Tiny portions of pretentious food. We were never full. They were the kind of restaurants that you were suppose to order an appetizer, soup, salad, entree, and dessert… but that was too expensive and we’re not fancy so we would just order an entree and then be shocked at how small it was. One night we went to the buffet after dinner and ordered 5 desserts. We were full after that. In Moorea the portion sizes weren’t nearly as small. I was always satisfied after dinner.
As for activities, while we were in Bora Bora we went scuba diving twice. The first time we went to see fish and coral. The second time we went diving with sharks. We jumped in and the first thing we see is 3 lemon sharks swimming right beneath us. They were 8-9 feet long! Huge and scary. I’m so glad we didn’t get eaten. We also saw some black tipped reef sharks. Other than that, all we did was relax, lay out on our deck, watch movies, and read. I read like 10 books for fun! It’s been so long since I was able to do that – I loved it.
When it was time for us to leave, I cried actual real tears of sadness. As we sat on the back of the golf cart that would take us to the boat that would carry us away from this place, tears welled up in my eyes and rolled down my cheeks. I couldn’t help it. I think I might have PTSD from the Bar. But also, this place is just that awesome. I can’t even imagine my bar trip being any better. Props to my hubs who continuously makes my dreams come true.