Oct 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors, It’s Time to Head to Bora Bora

Bora Bora is the most beautiful island in the world.” So what makes this island so romantic and a hot spot for a senior vacation? Under a one hour flight from the island of Tahiti or Moorea, the island of Bora Bora, with a lagoon resembling an artist’s palette of blues and greens, is love at first sight. Senior romantics from around the world have laid claim to this island where the castle-like Mount Otemanu pierces the sky.

This could be easily be described as the center of the romantic universe, where luxury resorts and spas dot the island with overwater bungalows, thatched roof villas, and fabled ambience. Sound like it is a paradise? Lush tropical slopes and valleys blossom with hibiscus, while palm-covered motu circle the lagoon like a delicate necklace. Perfect white-sand beaches give way to emerald waters where impossibly colored fish animate the coral gardens.

Bora Bora island is possibly the single most famous island in all the world. The legends, mysteries, and romance associated with the words “Bora Bora” bring an almost mystical presence to the island. For most senior visitors however, the simple desire is to just relax and take in the Pacific Island charm.

For you sun worshipers out there, keep in mind that the sun is not on vacation, but merely less commonly seen than in the drier months. Being a French Polynesian Island, and tropical, even in the wet season you’ll definitely get your fair share of sun on this Tahiti Island. There are between 2500- 2900 sunshine hours per year.

Take a lagoon tour or go for a dive in the marine rich waters off the coast to see some truly superb sights. Snorkeling is fantastic, as is going for a hike up Mount Pahia, which offers some breathtaking views of the surrounding region and the incredible blue sea. If you have the cash take a 15-minute helicopter tour of the island to catch some unbelievable views. Absolutely epitomizing paradise, Bora Bora is a wonderful escape in French Polynesia.

From the dramatic scenery to the privacy and amenities of the overwater bungalows, everything in Bora Bora equals a 10 on any scale. Since most of the islands are spread far apart, the only option to get from one island to the next is by boat, airplane or helicopter. A helicopter is an expensive travel option, so watch out as it can put a serious dent in your wallet…but what the heck!

For the more adventurous senior try your hand at para-sailing or take a catamaran ride to do some deep-sea fishing. If you prefer a more laid back vacation, take a four wheel drive safari tour of the island getting a history lesson on Bora Bora as well as sampling some of the delicious fruits and tasting the many locally made delicacies. It is an excellent place to buy some black pearls as well as pick up some local arts and crafts.

Great Resorts Welcome Seniors

Resorts have been welcoming seniors for over 40 years and their special amenities have been fine tuned to perfection. From sunrise to sunset, each resort has designed its own blend of unique romantic experiences for their guests to choose from.

The permanent population of Bora Bora is 8,880 so there will plenty of room for you and your friend(s). It is only six miles long with two towering volcanic peaks and a dazzling turquoise lagoon ringed by a coral reef. With its picture postcard perfect beauty, the tiny island is synonymous with sun, sand and gorgeous aqua lagoons. Known for being a playground to the rich and famous, this island is considered by many to be a kind of utopian paradise, where all the pleasures of life can be found.

The original name of the island in the Tahitian language might be better rendered as Pora Pora, meaning “First Born”; an early transcription found in 18th- and 19th-century accounts, is Bolabolla or Bollabolla. The island, located about 40 miles northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef.  Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination, famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts. The island is served by Bora Bora Airport on Motu Mete in the north, with Air Tahiti providing daily flights to and from Papeete on Tahiti. Sounds to me like a scene right out of South Pacific.

Frommer’s is big on Bora Bora and do check out their slide show on the island.  Tahiti Travel claims to be the expert on the island, claiming that it is unquestionably the most mythical of the Pacific islands… the island of all dreams. So dream a little…in Bora Bora.  jeb

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