A scuba diver and avid photographer, guest contributor Debbra Dunning Brouillette blogs at Tropical Travel Girl. Here, she shares how the Four Seasons Bora Bora fulfilled her dream of staying in an overwater bungalow.
The Four Seasons Bora Bora
My husband and I had booked a 10-day Tahiti and Tuamotus cruise on Windstar’s Wind Spirit.
For many years, I’d had a bucket list dream of staying with my husband in an overwater bungalow.
Since our cruise itinerary included an overnight stop in Bora Bora, we arranged a one-night stay at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.
The resort has 100 thatched-roof bungalows built on stilts over the water – we were finally going to fulfill my dream!
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A night in an overwater bungalow
After checking in, we savored a seafood feast at the resort’s toes-in-the-sand Faré Hoa Beach Bar & Grill that evening, then breakfast the next morning.
Just enough time was left to fit in snorkeling in the Ruahatu Lagoon Sanctuary, where exotic unicorn fish and Picasso trumpetfish surrounded us, followed by a quick swim off our bungalow.
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Snorkeling off the beach at Four Seasons Bora Bora was amazing! Loved the unicorn fish! First time to see them. They were very curious and came right up to my mask! Wish I could be back there now. ? @fsborabora @fourseasons @french_polynesia #fish #borabora #snorkeling #coral #unicornfish #tahiti #frenchpolynesia #travel #reeffish #lagoon #lagoonfish #beach #fishpicgram #southpacific #pacificocean #paradise
When we finally closed the door to our overwater bungalow and walked to the end of the elevated wooden walkway, I looked back to take a final look.
That’s when I captured the photo (shown at the top) of the row of bungalows suspended over the lagoon – with Mount Otemanu providing the perfect backdrop.
We ended our overnight at the Four Seasons Bora Bora with a light lunch – Tahiti’s signature dish, poisson cru, served in a coconut shell – before we reluctantly boarded the resort’s private launch, which returned us to Bora Bora’s pier to catch a tender back to our cruise ship.
The colors of French Polynesia
Being able to drink in the colors and fill my senses with the French Polynesia’s scenes helped me get through the Indiana winter following our cruise.
And when I look back to this and the other images I captured during our less-than-24-hour stay at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora, I feel blessed to have been able to experience this little slice of paradise in the South Pacific.
I’d return in a heartbeat!
Update January, 2019:
Congratulations Debbra! She won an Honorable Mention in the 2018 NATJA awards (North American Travel Journalists Assocation) for her Four Seasons Bora Bora photo.
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Photo credits: 1, 6 and 7 Debbra Dunning Brouillette | 3, 4, 5 and 8 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora