Babyless in Bora Bora: Air Tahiti Nui New Business Class Review

Ah, it's over! This trip report was a bit too ambitious and I'm exhausted from writing it, so I think I'll just end it here. I wanted to go into detail because when I was planning my trip I didn't find too much about Bora Bora so hopefully this has been a semi-useful resource. Anyway, at the end of an amazing trip (including a bike ride around the island which was exhausting and fulfilling as this trip report), we finally had a few flights home. At this point, I was anxious to get home: nine days away from Baby M is a lot and we couldn't wait to see her! Air Tahiti Return Flights and Papeete International Terminal Our return flights were as beautiful as the outbound ones, but I [...]

Babyless in Bora Bora: Intercontinental Thalasso’s Deep Ocean Spa – Paradise in Paradise

OK, you're tired of reading about Bora Bora and I'm tired of writing about it. BUT - the Intercontinental Thalasso's Deep Ocean Spa is well worth a post. Seeing as we spent our last day there and it was the perfect ending to an amazing trip, I don't mind writing this (penultimate) post in this ridiculous trip report! Let me just kick this post off by saying this - I am not a spa kind of guy. I am so not a spa guy that I literally could not tell you whether our spa day at the Thalasso was expensive or not, though since it's Bora Bora I'm sure it was. To be honest, for me, ANY money spent on spa treatments felt like a waste of money - until [...]

Babyless in Bora Bora – Hanging out at the Intercontinental Thalasso and My Archnemesis

While snorkeling was our most expensive excursion, the cheapest way we passed the time was by hanging out in our hotel all day. Well, cheap in the sense that we didn't spend any EXTRA money on it. But the Intercontinental Thalasso is really nice and a great place to relax, so I thought I'd point out a few of our favorite recreational activities at the resort. Swimming, Snorkeling, and Joe the Angry Poolboy Let's be honest: you book an overwater bungalow so that you can jump straight in the "pool." And we did that a lot. Half an hour before dinner? Take a quick swim. Feeling like a pick me up in the morning? Take a quick swim. I can't explain how convenient and amazing it is to just be [...]

Babyless in Bora Bora – Air Tahiti Inter-island Flights and Transfer to the Intercontinental Thalasso

So, once you arrive in Tahiti (Papeete, to be exact), you still aren't in Bora Bora yet. Most people don't stay on the island of Tahiti, instead they go to one of the neighboring islands where the water is more picturesque, though I hear Tahiti has some nice cultural aspects to explore. With the exception of Moorea which you can reach by ferry and island cruises, you need to fly Air Tahiti, not to be confused with Air Tahiti Nui which we took from LAX, to get from island to island. It's not cheap: the cost was $400 round trip per person to and from Bora Bora. Air Tahiti definitely has the monopoly thing down pat. This post will discuss our Air Tahiti flights and getting into and checking in at [...]

Babyless in Bora Bora – Air Tahiti Nui Old Business Class

The only way to get directly from North America to Tahiti is via Air Tahiti Nui - an airline that has a fleet of five Airbus 340s. Three of the five planes have remodeled cabins with new seats in both business class and economy - but it's pretty much luck of the draw which cabin you get. After three totally kind of annoying domestic connections on US Airways and an hour at the new Tom Bradley International Terminal in LAX, Jess and I were ready for our flight to the South Pacific. Unfortunately, we drew the short straw and ended up on one of Air Tahiti Nui's old business class - better than coach but a far cry from some of the newer international business class cabins out there. Apologies [...]

Babyless in Bora Bora – Introduction and Planning

One year ago, we were waking up every 3-4 hours with a newborn baby in the house. One week ago, we were jumping off the deck attached to our overwater bungalow in Bora Bora while grandparents were watching our one year old. Believe it or not, situation one was integral in enabling situation two to happen. Jess and I spent a week in Bora Bora over President's week - here's how we made it happen. The Flights - To and from Papeete One of the toughest aspects of getting to Tahiti is the flight. There is only one major international airport, Papeete, which is on the island of Tahiti itself (which is a great place to visit but not the "quintessential" island experience). There are only a few airlines that [...]

Some Impressions of Bora Bora

So Jess and I have been here for a few days now, and since we're both dealing with some mild sunburn, we've decided to chill for a little while. So here are some of my impressions of Bora Bora thus far! 1. It's very French This is pretty obvious to anyone except me, but Tahiti is in French Polynesia, so there is a ton of French influence here. Everyone sports French accents (someone kept saying "the wreck" to me yesterday and I thought they were saying "the rake" until I figured it out 5 hours later), there are french foods available (like profiteroles!) So yes, Tahiti and Bora Bora reminded me that France too was once a colonizing superpower. 2. It's expensive Lonely Planet's guide on Tahiti & French Polynesia states [...]