Paddle boarding in Bora Bora

Paddleboarding in Bora Bora

Recently, an anonymous travel writer penned a story about the most over-rated holiday destinations. Bora Bora was on this list.

When I think of Bora Bora, I think “boring”, she said.

I suspect many of our readers would happily take that bore away from the writer!

But, if you don’t love the beach, sun, sand, and marine life, I can understand that Bora Bora wouldn’t be of particular interest. It doesn’t have nightclubs, bars, art galleries, museums, or exhibitions. If your idea of the perfect holiday is visiting wine bars in Soho, and staying in an upmarket boutique hotel in New York, Bora Bora may not be for you.

Me, on the other hand, my perfect holiday is on a secluded tropical island with little noise and people, and plenty of sharks and sting rays. Give me a fast internet connection and something to write with, and I could live there.

For those who love sunshine and the ocean, there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you entertained. North Nomad and I snorkelled with black tip sharks and hordes of affectionate sting-rays, and scuba dived in the deeper waters with manta rays.

Walking along the motu one day, we noticed a couple attempting to stand-up paddleboard.

How hard could it be? we said.

Paddle boarding in Bora Bora

Surprisingly difficult, was the consensus.

After a couple of hours on the reef around our over-water bungalow on these boards, I was well and truly ready to pack it in.

I had no trouble balancing on the board or moving it, unlike the couple we saw on the beach. I just seemed to lack the ability to make it do what I wanted – which was NOT go in circles. If I’d wanted circles, I would have been brilliant at paddleboarding!

After a lot for frustration, and a lot of almost circles, I gave up and just used it like I was laying down on a surfboard and paddling back to shore. It was a lot faster getting back to the beach that way, and a lot less frustrating!

North Nomad, on the other hand, had his direction under control. His only frustration, I think, was with the shallowness of the water in the zones that we were permitted to paddleboard within.

For safety reasons, we couldn’t be too close to the over-water bungalows, or too far out near the boat zones. Which did make navigatation through the shallower, more coral populated areas tricky at times.

Despite the frustration, it was a beautiful way to view the motu, the coral and the ocean. We’d spent so much time swimming in the sea, that we hadn’t had the chance to view it from above.

And I had a visit from three curious sting-rays on my way out of the beach. I get the impression they didn’t quite know what to make of me, and figured that there was enough safety in their numbers that they could approach to see what this strange land-creature was up to.

Though a fun day, it’s not something I’d bother with again. Swimming is enough for me, and hopefully getting good at surfing when we’re back in Australia.

Location: Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa

Cost: Free at most Bora Bora resorts, including the Hilton Nui Day Resort & Spa.

You can connect with South Nomad, Jessica, over at Google+.

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    • Hi Sophie! What was Maupiti like? We spent a day in Tahiti to help with flight times. But trying to kill 8 hours with your bags in dubiously “secure” parts of the airport isn’t the best way to enjoy Tahiti.

  1. I don’t think Bora Bora would be for me. I’m more of a culture traveller than a relaxer. I love visiting museums, art galleries and looking at the old architecture.

    Beach holidays are the worst. Just lying their sweating all day…it’s not enjoyable to me!

  2. “My perfect holiday is on a secluded tropical island with little noise and people… Give me a fast internet connection and something to write with, and I could live there.” That’s me in a nutshell.

    I haven’t been to Bora Bora but it’s on my list of “holiday/retirement islands”. I’ve been to Hawaii (Maui and Oahu) twice though, and would back my bags and move there in a heartbeat if it weren’t for the trouble of leaving all my extended family behind…

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