“Iaorana” Spoken Here
Destination: Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Date: August 2013
Activity: Island Living
Our time in Bora Bora and French Polynesia came to a close after spending twenty-six days in the area. In recap we started in Tahiti where we met my sister “K” and her husband “M” and daughter “L” and boarded their boat the Amara for fifteen days! We sailed from Tahiti, to Mo’orea, Huahine, Raitea, Tahaa and finally to Bora Bora. When we left the Amara we stayed two nights at the Hitlon Bora Bora resort to enjoy a little civilization and finally made our next stop at the Motu Ahuna which we endearingly called our “ship wreck island”.
Our island was the best kind of relaxation around. With its own security system, a reef that nearly surrounds the entire motu, it is almost impossible to sneak up on our beach. We sat at the entrance to the Bora Bora harbor watching all the cruise ships, sailboats, yachts, and supply ships come and go from our little beach knowing we were in perfect safety because none of them could penetrate our little beach due to the reef. We would spend our days on Motu Ahuna, laying out, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, kayaking, outrigger canoeing, exploring, collecting shells, laying in hammocks, making the most delicious meals (everything tastes better on an island), and spending lots of time as a family. We laughed, told stories, played games, sang, danced and did everything we could think of to keep ourselves entertained. The kids were a riot.
Our main living area and kitchen had no walls so we were a little more vulnerable to the elements of sideways rain, ants, and night time critters but the sound of the water lapping at our beach just steps away and a cool breeze coming in from the ocean outweighed these minor nuisances. The first night we couldn’t get our stove lit so we had to cook our food over an open fire pit. One of our last nights there our water turned off so we had to use the hose outside to do our dishes and wash our faces before bed. Both of these minor problems were quickly rectified by our paradise owner, Tia.
At night we looked at the stars around an open fire on the beach and made smores and banana boats as a family and we talked about our goals and priorities in life. Trent and I had limited access to the internet but the kids had none. There was no TV to divert their attentions, or friends knocking on our front door. We have had the best summer I can ever remember for our little family. It is something we will never forget.
At one point Lexi said, “Mom we should always go on vacation because we get to spend so much more time together than when we are at home.” Sadly our lives at home are filled with practices, sports, music lessons and everything we think is making us better humans and able to contribute more to life. But we have found that by cutting out the camps and just being together this summer we have grown as a family. We are stronger, more patient, and we have become better friends. I hope that as this next school year progresses we can remember these feelings of unity and build upon them.
Our last day in the area we went over to The Farm and visited the pearl farm owned by the owner of our accommodations, Tia. We were welcomed with open arms like we were members of the family– after staying at her place for a week. We had a great tour of the pearl farm and learned how pearls are placed and harvested. It was an amazing process. At the end of our tour the kids were even presented t-shirts! We had the best time! It was definitely a spirit of Iaorana. Then Tia arranged for one of her employees to pack up our gear and take us over to the Bora Bora airport. It was depressing to say goodbye but we definitely left this area of the world like we were saying goodbye to family! I highly recommend visiting The Farm and staying at Tia’s paradise, Motu Ahuna! Its an unforgettable experience!
Safe and Happy Travels!!!