Destination: Motu Ahuna, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Date: August 2013
Activity: Moving to our own private island
Our next stop during our tour of French Polynesia was to a small motu just off the main island of Bora Bora. We had visited Bora Bora every possible way…. boat, resort and finally island style or as my kids referred to it “shipwreck island style”. Our new home was everything imagined in any good Disney movie, think Nim’s island. It was fantastic. We found our new home on the vacation rental site vrbo.com Trent scheduled the trip thinking that my sister and brother-in-law would be ready to sail away on the Amara but we knew we would love to stick around and enjoy our summer vacation just one more week. So that’s exactly what we did. Trent found the house on vrbo.com, we made the reservation, and after two days at the Hilton we headed over to our new home away from home which was called the Motu Ahuna Villa.
Pulling up to Motu Ahuna is a little difficult. The security system here is better than any home securities in the states purely due to the surrounding reef. The reef around Motu Ahuna surrounds most of the island which makes for some pretty great snorkeling once we were on the island. To get to the island though, we had to follow a series of three very hard to find stakes in the water to guide us through the reef and to the shoreline.
Two of the stakes were a little difficult to find but the third sticks up nice and straight so at least we were able to find that and finally through the maze of reef to the dock. Trent had gone over to the island before the kids and I so he could meet the owner, get the keys and unload our luggage. Then the owner gave him a dinghy that came with our week rental and all of the instructions to our island paradise.
When the kids and I were picked up in Viatape we were excited to see our home in person. After all of the pictures online we had high expectations. I have to say it lived up to every one! We loved our new digs! Our new place had two bedrooms, and a very large living area with a kitchen. The rooms were lock offs so they were secure for leaving our valuables and they were connected to the main living with piered deck walkways. The dining area was completely outdoor and open to the elements of nature. The living room however was a big hut with no walls. All four sides were open to the island and the ocean. It was heavenly. We just happened to be in Bora Bora during some of the best weather so the lack of air conditioning or heating was not a problem.
The best part about our new accommodations was how close we were to the beach front. We had our own private beach that was just steps from our back door. That made it so convenient for a family our size which often forgets all the necessities for beach life. Of course the house didn’t come without some set backs. Critters roaming through the kitchen at night was a little frustrating but with the food properly locked up we were fine. Also with no walls in the living area there are bugs but we didn’t care. At night in our bedrooms we slept with our doors open and the mosquito nets closed and we woke up every morning to the sound of the waves crashing on the reef just a few yards away.
I highly recommend this type of adventure for any family. We have traveled all over the world with this crew and stayed in resorts, houses, condos, hotels, motels, and highway rest stops in the back of our car, but nothing compares to this island experience. Our lessor was great and had a local on the island of four residents come and help us whenever we had any problems. She also offered us a free tour of her pearl farm nearby. So move over Swiss Family Robinson. The food tastes better, and life is easier on Motu Ahuna!
Safe and Happy Travels!!!