Plane views: Bora Bora

Bora Bora had always been at the top of my must-visit list. I’d seen countless pictures of this famous atoll in so many publications and it always looked stunning, both on the ground and from the air. So, when I boarded the flight from Tahiti, I hoped and prayed that I’d chosen the right side of the plane for optimal views of Bora Bora before landing there. Alas, I was on the wrong side! After four unforgettable, totally mesmerising days there, it was time to fly back to Tahiti.

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The Bora Bora lagoon right after take-off!

This time, I paid great attention to the direction in which the plane landed… because that most probably means that the plane will take-off in the same direction. Based on this observation, I chose a window seat on the right side of the plane (it’s free seating) and was thrilled when the plane did take off in the desired direction. The views of the brilliant multi-coloured lagoon, Mt. Otemanu, and the overwater villas of the various luxury resorts were totally breathtaking!

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An aerial view of the overwater bungalows in the Bora Bora lagoon.

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Views of the stunning lagoon and Mt. Otemanu.

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A view of Bora Bora from my plane window!

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18 Responses to “Plane views: Bora Bora”

  1. velvet 02/12/2011 2:51 pm
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    Thanks! I was very determined to get on the right side of the plane – I wouldn’t have kicked myself very hard if I missed that amazing view again! :-)

    Cheers,
    Keith

  2. Bora Bora Island Guide 02/12/2011 2:46 pm
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    I was so happy to read that you got on the right side of the plane for getting the best views for your return journey! It’s something that everyone going to Bora Bora should know, but often don’t think of finding out before the trip. It’s possibly the most scenic flight ever.

  3. Sarah Wu 27/11/2010 12:21 pm
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    wow beautiful shots! :)

  4. velvet 12/05/2010 12:59 pm
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    Haha, you asked for a beach photo. This one comes close. :-)

    Cheers,
    Keith

  5. Life for Beginners 12/05/2010 12:58 pm
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    Breathtaking…

  6. velvet 24/09/2009 9:27 am
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    Hi,
    Thanks for the tip.
    Cheers,
    Keith

  7. velvet 24/09/2009 9:26 am
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    Hi William, thanks for your comment. Yes, BOB is simply breathtaking and I had an amazing time there. I would recommend BOB to anyone.

    Cheers,
    Keith

  8. pariah 23/09/2009 9:44 pm
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    Take in Raiatea when your in the neighborhood. It’s my personal favorite.

  9. William Wallace 23/09/2009 9:05 pm
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    Bora Bora truly does look like a magical place that I have to visit one of these days. To hear that it is as good as it looks in the pictures is good news.

  10. velvet 20/04/2009 12:25 am
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    I just saw a fantastic offer a few days ago by Air Tahiti for flights from LA to Tahiti/Sydney. Check them out. Bora Bora is just a short hop from there! Bora Bora has always been a dream and when I was there, I felt like I was in a dream every second. Just couldn’t believe I was actually there! And it really is as magical as it looks in documentaries, photos and brochures! :-)

    Cheers,
    Keith

  11. jen laceda 20/04/2009 12:22 am
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    I’m so jealous that you’ve been to Bora-Bora!! I’m just thinking my husband should get a part-time job so we can afford a trip here! Kidding…maybe not. hehehe.

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