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Located about 230 kilometres northwest of Papeete, Bora Bora is an island surrounded by a lagoon and then a barrier reef.  It is at Bora Bora that the over water bungalows that are are famously associated with the South Pacific were first invented.  Numerous shark and rays species can be round near the lagoon, and its possible to go scuba diving and snorkelling in the area.
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We stayed at Le Meridien Bora Bora in November 2004, which was a privately owned, licensee of the hotel chain.  It is on a motu, which is one of the small sandbar like-islands that make up the ring that forms Bora Bora's famous lagoon  (it also generally keeps the Sharks out.)  I highly recommend the Meridien as some of the other hotels are on the main island and are also a little bit old.  We stayed in an over-water bungalow that has spiral staircases that walk you right into the lagoon.  We also got the canoe delivered Polynesian breakfast, and had a glass bottomed floor so my wife and I could wave at each other from underneath the bungalow.  No pictures or words do the place justice.  The hotel had the best creme brulee I have ever had (must be the vanilla) and a variety of things to do at the resort.  The boat ride from the airport itself was an adventure, too.  Also, take the sail-canoe tour at Sunset with Franck. 

Everybody goes to Bloody Mary's which is the famous restaurant on the island.  Seafood and all else was awesome.  The dining room is like a bunch of tables set up in an indoor beach.

Be wary of sunburn,  you would think because of the purity of Polynesian environment that the Sun wouldn't burn you...my dark skin literally can not burn in Hawaii...but it sure did in Bora Bora and made for a slightly uncomfortable trip that would have been perfect otherwise. Also, the best advice I ever received and didn't follow, was to cut my trip short on Tahiti, to extend on Bora Bora.  Don't make the same mistake I did.  You only need one or two days max on Tahiti for Pearl Shopping etc.
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aka Boring Boring! lol! Save your 10k and go to Hawaii instead. Too much travel time only to experience utter solitaire seclusion when you arrive. When the sun goes down....ALL LIFE stops. $18 burgers and sea life damaged by El Nino = weak scuba diving. 

Highlights: 1st time I ever rode in a Prius, took a raggity tin boat at 12a w/ 10 pieces of luggage to the hotel (thought for sure I was drowning a sad death that night).  Swam/dove w/ sharks!!!!! So SICK! Loved the island of Moorea!
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If traveling to Bora Bora (the legendary island of LOVE), don't forget bug repellant!!!  The mosquitos there cary a virus called Dengue Fever....if you get it (and many do) you will be VERY ill for a day or two.  Other than that, enjoy all the island has to offer.....it's amazingly beautiful there.  Stay in a hut on the water...it's out of the world.....literally!!!
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