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The View from Mt Otemanu, Bora Bora

It was my last full day on Bora Bora so I decided to relax and climb another mountain! Haha ok so it wasn’t exactly relaxing but it was definitely a memorable way to finish my trip! Mt Otemanu is impossible to miss but finding the track is actually quite difficult (it’s one of those climb it at your own risk experiences). I eventually found it with the help of a few online guides and off I went. It seemed to go on forever and there weren’t many breaks in the tree line to get a good view. It was getting late so in my desperation to get a decent photo I got a little ‘agricultural’, climbing up a bank and balancing precariously with just one free hand to take the photo (not easy with a giant Canon 5D Mark III). Anyway this was the final result, not bad all things considered.

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Bora Bora Jet Skiing

Before coming to French Polynesia I’d never tried jet skiing, I’ve since been twice so I’m pretty much an expert now! 🙂 My first experience was on Huahine and it was a blast! We had perfect conditions and the instructor was great, making sure we knew what we were doing while giving us the freedom to go at our own pace. I had such a great time I tried it again at Bora Bora. The conditions were rough and our instructor was a bit boring but I still had fun. They must get some absolute idiots on these things so I can understand them being safety conscious. I took this photo after we’d finished up for the day, you can see from the palms trees swaying in the background that it was a bit windy.

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A View of Bora Bora

I asked a number of staff at my hotel where I could get a good view of Bora Bora (from a lookout or something like that) and they responded with a total of zero ideas haha. I guess it’s not a common question around here, if I asked for advice related to snorkeling or sun bathing I’m sure it would have been a different story! Anyway I decided to rent a bicycle and take matters into my own hands, eventually finding a promising lead where I ditched the bike and took things off road! I battled through rugged bush until I could see Mt Otemanu and the other side of the island, sweet!

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Sunset on Matira Beach, Bora Bora

The last few days of my trip are here on the island of Bora Bora. It’s been fun so far and I enjoyed watching the sunset last night on Matira Beach, Bora Bora’s only publicly accessible beach. I thought it would be much busier but I guess everyone else is enjoying cocktails from the comfort of their hotel pool!

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