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Bora Bora Vacations first-time visitors, families and honeymooners

Your first vacation to the magical island of Bora Bora

Bora Bora is truly a tropical paradise and the jewel of French Polynesia. Remote, beautiful and exciting, Bora Bora has all the benefits of a private island with all the pleasures of an exclusive bespoke resort.

The islet of Bora Bora lies just off the coast of Papeete, Tahiti’s largest city, and can easily be reached thanks to Air Tahiti, which flies to Bora Bora five or six times a day.

Where is Tahiti?

Tahiti is the largest of the islands in the Leeward group, which are dotted in the warm South Pacific Ocean between South America and Australia. Even amongst the many beautiful Leeward islands, Bora Bora stands out. The island is protected by a unique coral reef that forms a lagoon with the most picture perfect turquoise seas you can imagine.

Bora Bora sets the trend in tropical luxury

Bora Bora leads the way in tropical luxury. The world’s first overwater bungalows were built on stilts in Bora Bora in 1961. And today it is home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels. When you book a Tahitian vacation on Bora Bora you can choose from the stylish boutique Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, the chic Le Meridien Bora Bora or the magnificent Four Seasons Bora Bora.

The Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort has 12 private beach bungalows and 50 overwater bungalows with private pontoons, as well as two enchanting restaurants. The Le Meridien Bora Bora has just been renovated and boasts breathtaking views of Mount Otemanu, gourmet cuisine in their fine dining restaurant and French Polynesian tapas and exotic cocktails at their beachside Hapaina Bar. At the Four Seasons Bora Bora, you can be pampered in style in their overwater spa suite, perfect for a couple’s massage looking out over the lagoon.

Bora Bora’s world-class restaurants and incredible local cuisine

Thanks to its natural lagoon and volcanic soil, Bora Bora also has some of the most amazing local food served in world-class restaurants. At the Intercontinental Bora Bora, you can savour freshly caught Mahi Mahi at their Noa Noa Restaurant or visit Le Tipanié at the Le Meridien Bora Bora for French-infused local delicacies like a suckling pig. For the true foodie, The Four Seasons Bora Bora can organise a day of fishing with their Executive Chef Edgar Kano who will then prepare a personalised dinner with your catch at the resort’s Fare Hoa Beach Bar & Grill.

Bora Bora is a paradise for scuba divers

As well as being able to choose between the luxury of the Intercontinental, Le Meridien and The Four Seasons, you can also choose amongst some of the best scuba diving in the world. Bora Bora is a divers’ paradise.

The coral reef acts as a natural barrier around the island and forms the stunning Bora Bora lagoon. The unique conditions of the lagoon make it a perfect environment for a spectacular range of exotic reef fish. As well as the ideal place for swimming, snorkelling, paddle boarding, and scuba diving. The Ruahatu Lagoon Sanctuary is home to more than 100 species of exotic fish. From beginner’s coral reef dives to shark dives where you can spot up to 16 different species of shark, the French Polynesian waters won’t disappoint!

Whether you dream of lounging on golden beaches with a cocktail or swimming with Stingrays, Manta rays and sharks, Bora Bora has it all.

Also see https://www.tahiti.com/activities/bora-bora

Your first visit to Bora Bora won’t be your last

The list of things to do on Bora Bora is inexhaustible. As well as scuba diving, you can spend hours snorkelling in the lagoon, Motu walking between the islets (a Motu is a reef islet, a small and beautiful island formed by broken coral and sand) and beachcombing for shells. The Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana resort can also organise a trip to the Bora Bora turtle centre to see rare protected sea turtles for an unforgettable close-up experience of the island’s wildlife.

A Tahitian vacation on Bora Bora has something for everyone, whether you are dreaming of a peaceful relaxing escape, a memorable family holiday or an idyllic honeymoon.

Bora Bora is perfect for family holidays

The Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort is the perfect tropical escape for your family holiday. Not even Disney can compete with the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort. The sparkling turquoise seas, golden Tahitian beaches and wide blue skies are better than anything in the Disney Moana movie.

After singing along to the Moana soundtrack for months, dreaming of Tahiti, Bora Bora and the Intercontinental Resort will not disappoint. The resort is made up of traditional Polynesian beach huts scattered along the beach surrounded by lush palms and built right out into the crystal waters.

Luxury suites and facilities for your family

For your family’s dream holiday, you can choose between the Intercontinental Bora Bora’s 12 beautiful beach bungalows or one of the 50 overwater suites that meander out into the stunning Bora Bora lagoon. Each bungalow and suite have the space and amenities for your family to relax in luxury, including Wi-Fi and a wide screen TV.

You will start your day with a delicious fresh breakfast delivered to your overwater bungalow by outrigger canoe, just like the one that Moana and Maui travelled on around the Tahitian islands. The warm and welcoming staff of the Le Moana Resort will be on hand with a Tahitian “La Orana!” to make sure that you have everything you need.

After your Tahitian breakfast feast, you can jump straight off your private pontoon into the warm Bora Bora ocean or enjoy the hotel’s private pool. The Intercontinental Bora Bora prides itself on providing its guests with a safe, worry free escape from the hectic rush of modern life. So that your holiday on the island is relaxing, fun, and truly memorable for you and your family.

Bora Bora has activities for the whole family

At home, your children may have looked forward to the Moana Blu Ray, but in Bora Bora, they can look forward to seeing actual Manta rays! The Intercontinental Bora Bora staff can help you to organise activities that will become some of your favourite family memories. Just like Moana in the movie, your children can learn to paddleboard, snorkel and explore the incredible coral reefs, where they might even see turtles! While they live out their Disney fantasy, you can explore world-class dive sites or relax with a peaceful walk along Bora Bora’s famed soft sand beaches.

If you’d like to take home some Polynesian souvenirs, the whole family can take a trip to a Tahitian village or the nearby town of Vaitape where you can hunt for spectacular Tahitian black pearls. You will also have the opportunity to buy traditional woodcarvings, tapa cloth, and mother of pearl carvings from local Bora Bora artisans.

Also see https://www.tahiti.com/activities/bora-bora

Incredible food to suit every taste at the Intercontinental Bora Bora

After all your Tahitian adventures, spend time together as a family in one of the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort’s beautiful restaurants. The Vini Vini Bar & Restaurant is right next to the hotel’s fabulous pool. You can wander over from your pool lounger to the Vini Vini Restaurant for a light, casual lunch of freshly caught Fenua shrimp or Bora Bora heart of palm. The restaurant, shaded by Polynesian palms, is the perfect place for a cool retreat in the middle of the day. Even better, they offer all-day snacks and cold refreshing tropical drinks to keep your family happy at any hour.

In the evenings, you and your family can walk along to have dinner in the glowing enclosed patio of the Noa Noa restaurant. The Noa Noa Restaurant and Terrace is at the very heart of the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort. The themed dinners and exciting entertainment are perfect for children and adults alike. You can relax, sit back and savour local delicacies like the local ‘fish of the gods’, a cross between tuna and salmon.

Moana the movie’s most popular song is ‘You’re welcome’, sung by the Tahitian demigod Maui. In it, he sings, “What can I say except ‘you’re welcome’? For the tides, the sun, the sky.” A holiday at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort will turn you into the family demigod and you can happily travel home singing ‘You’re welcome’.

Dream Honeymoons at the Intercontinental Bora Bora

A honeymoon at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort is what all honeymoons aspire to be. There is no more beautiful tropical island than Bora Bora, and no more luxurious hotel than the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana to help you celebrate your honeymoon.

The Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort is situated on the very tip of Matira Point so that wherever you look, you will see only azure skies, gleaming turquoise waters and soft white sand. You will truly feel like you are in your own private paradise.

Exclusive private Honeymoon suites on Bora Bora lagoon

From the moment you arrive, the Intercontinental Bora Bora staff will take care of your every need, welcoming you to the resort and ushering you to one of their Vila Blanche overwater bungalows, specially reserved for honeymooners and exclusive guests.

These idyllic Vila Blanche suites are on the very edge of the overwater pontoons, so they have complete privacy and the best views in the whole resort. Your honeymoon suite will be a Polynesian thatched bungalow, decorated in traditional Tahitian style by local artisans and combined with modern amenities like a king-sized bed, Wi-Fi and a wide screen TV. You’ll have a separate lounge area, an outdoor shower and a private terrace where you can toast the pink Bora Bora sunsets with a glass of champagne or jump directly into the warm crystal waters of the South Pacific.

A bespoke service tailored to your Honeymoon needs

With only 62 bungalows, the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana offers a bespoke service so that you can tailor your honeymoon to your desires. Each morning a canoe will hand deliver breakfast and fresh exotic flowers to your bungalow. After breakfast, you can sunbathe on your private terrace or explore the island. The Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana can organise visits to local dive sites, trips to feed rays and sharks, snorkelling around the vibrant coral reefs and even a hike up nearby Mount Otemanu. Bora Bora has activities to suit every taste.

Under the sparkling Bora Bora night sky, you can walk along the pontoons from your honeymoon suite to dinner on the patio of the fabulous Noa Noa restaurant. Look out over the stars whilst you sample local favourites such as fresh Tahitian crab and listen to the live entertainment provided by the Intercontinental Bora Bora.

For a lazy lunch or a snack anytime during the day, settle under the shade of our Polynesian palms at the Vini Vini Bar and Restaurant. You can look out at the famous Bora Bora lagoon whilst enjoying freshly caught Mahi Mahi, sweet Tahitian pineapple and a crisp glass of rosé.

Bora Bora- an island of luxury and indulgence

Should you desire, you never need to leave the cocoon of luxury at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort. However, if you would like to do some shopping or explore some of the other boutique hotels on the Tahitian island, you can take a short ride to Vaitape, the main village. Here you can find spectacular Tahitian black pearl jewellery, a perfect memento of your honeymoon on Bora Bora. The Le Meridien Bora Bora is perfect for a cocktail after your shopping. Or visit the stunning Four Seasons Bora Bora for a gourmet dinner at their beachside restaurant.

To complete your decadent escape on Bora Bora, why not take a free boat ride to the nearby Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. At this sister resort, you can book a decadent couple’s Thalasso spa treatment and then enjoy the pristine private beach on this side of the ‘Motu Piti Aau’ (Motu is the Tahitian name for an islet made of coral and sand). The Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa also offers incredible views of Tahiti’s famous Mount Otemanu. The Intercontinental Bora Bora provides easy transfers to key destinations on the island so that you can experience everything that this Tahitian gem has to offer.

A honeymoon on Bora Bora is one of the most memorable ways to begin your married lives together.

10 BEST REASONS TO VISIT FIJI

“For the next few months I’m going to be highlighting some of paradises.com favourite holiday destinations starting with one of the worlds most popular, Fiji”

BULA= Like the Hawaiian word aloha, bula actually has a variety of meanings and uses. Its literal meaning is “life,” and when used as a greeting it implies wishes for continued good health (the official formal greeting is “Ni sa bull vinaka,” meaning “wishing you happiness and good health,” but it is almost always shortened to just plain Bula!”

From the moment you step foot on Fijian soil you’ll be greeted with a vigorous friendly Bula and until the moment you leave, Bula will be ringing in your ears.

Fiji is one of Australians favourite holiday destinations for a variety of reasons and has been for many years.

And these are some of the reasons…

  1. The close proximity to Australia makes this exotic holiday destination so accessible.
  2. The variety of hotels and resorts mean there is something for every budget from backpacker hostels, village homestays, to five star resorts on private islands where butlers are at your beck and call.
  3. Activities abound including secluded island boating tours and private deep sea fishing
  4. Multiple water sports activities which include kayaking, jet skiing, jet boating, parasailing and much more
  5. Diving and snorkeling adventures
  6. Village tours, which can include volunteer work at a local village school or hospital
  7. Zip lining and boundless off road adventures
  8. Golf
  9. Beautiful beaches
  10. Extraordinary culture

I could keep listing activities to do or I can suggest you find a daybed by the pool with your favourite book and a cocktail and enjoy the

exceptional ambience and family like feel of one of the world’s finest holiday destinations.

Please go to paradises.com to find out the best accommodation deals for your once in a lifetime Fijian holiday….BULA

HOW TO GET THERE:

Vicki Gilden at Rose Bay Travel
(02) 9371 8166

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Activities in Cambodia

Beach umbrella on blue sky background with cloudsWith its spectacular beaches, Cambodia has much to offer for those who just want to unwind during their holidays. But if relaxing is getting to be a bore, then you can always get some fantastic shopping done and top it all off with some rocking night time partying. On the subject of shopping, Cambodia is the perfect place to buy silk, ethnic / artistic pieces and silver work. Expect to find Buddha themes predominant in the art pieces. If regular shopping is what you need to do, then the Russian market is a good stop. Souvenirs, western clothing, handicrafts, fake ‘antiquities’ and knick-knacks of all kinds – this market has it all. The Psar Thmei or Central Market is a good place to go to if you want to avoid the sun during your shopping spree.

The market features a stunning domed hall that is anMassage by fishes added attraction. You will find the shops more organized here and there are food stalls if you want to ‘refuel’ in the midst of your shopping. Willing to bargain hard? Then Psar Cha is a shopping center that you will find quite interesting too.

Take a tuk-tuk ride to the nearest local night club or spa just to experience the novel transportation method. And while you are at it, also experience the ‘fish pedicure’ where little fish nibble your feet. Don’t worry, it is safe, although maybe not the perfect activity for the ticklish or squeamish. The Siem Reap night market is a great place to get some really cheap shopping done. There are quite a few casinos here where you can play games of chance and test your luck too.

Here’s What You Should See In Bali (That You Can Reach From Almost Any Resort)

Bali is one of the most exotic places on earth. If it’s on your bucket list, in addition to staying at one of these amazing resorts, you’ll want to check out these incredible items on your agenda while there.

The island has emerged as a cultural hotspot for Buddhism and a tourist haven for people around the world. Temples, local food and adventure are all things people enjoy when visiting, but what’s best, are the sites.

Here are some places you don’t want to miss traveling to Bali.

 

Watch A Balinese Sunset

 

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Have A Balinese Massage

 

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Stay At The Banyan Tree Ungasan

 

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Visit the exclusive public Nammos Beach

 

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Take some Silat Classes

 

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Eat At Rock Rock Bar Near The Water

 

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 Go To The Movies At Karma Kandra Beach Club

 

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The truth is, there’s an endless amount of amazing sites, sounds and beaches in Bali, so explore. If you need a place to stay, we’ve got your covered with these beautiful Bali hotels from our partners.

 

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How To Travel In Thailand Like A Pro

We’ve been to a lot of exotic locations in the world, and one of our favorites in Thailand. In addition to some amazing accommodations around the country, Thailand is known for it’s off the beaten path journeys.

With this in mind, we’re giving a few pointers on “must know” things before coming, especially if you’re doing the road less traveled version of the holiday.

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Go Scuba Diving

One of the best places to do this is on the Similian Islands, where the water is perfectly clear and the fish are colorful and abundant. The best place to go is on the island of Ko Tao, where scuba diving tours are organized. you can get something reasonably priced that’s got lots of exotic sea life.

Go To A Water Fight

From April 13 – 15 Thailand celebrates it’s Thai New Year by holding the world’s biggest water fight. If you’re into seeing something incredible, this is the party for you. It’s attended by thousands of people every year, and is lots of fun.

Visit The Golden Triangle

This is the place where the Mekong River meets the Ruak River. Take a boat headed north and check out some of markets and Buddha statues.

Shop At The Floating Markets

One of the most famous activities to do in Thailand is an impressive one. All along the river they have floating markets where they lay out goods and food for you to buy. Taling Chan Weekend Floating Market in Bangkok is easily accessible and tourist friendly.

Khmer Temples Isaan Exploration

Some of the most beautiful temples in the world are located here. It’s a must see if you’re on holiday in Thailand. At the end of the ancient highway that runs through the middle of the country, you’ll find Phimai, where some of the most beautiful scenes in the East are found.

Take A Cooking Lesson

Thai food is some of the best in the world. In Bangkok there are a number of cooking classes available around the city.

Stay At A Great Resort

Some of the best resorts in the world are in Thailand and are relatively cheap. All over the country these resorts are available, and if booked at the right time, you’ll get some of the best views of your life.

We highly recommend doing non-touristy stuff while in Thailand, and if you need help deciding where to go, check out our Thailand page.

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10 Secret Beaches You’ve Never Heard Of In Bali

You’ve either been to Bali or want to go to Bali. It’s one of the most exotic and coveted holiday destinations on the world. Many people go there and realize that the tourist areas are crowded.

So today we thought we’d bring you the 10 best beaches (That are the Balinese best kept secret) around the area.

10 Secret Beaches You’ve Never Heard Of In Bali

Atuh Beach
Atuh Beach

Geger Beach
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Karma Beach
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Soka Beach
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Amed Beach
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Pasir Putih Beach
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Yeh Leh Beach
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Green Bowl Beach
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Blas Tugal Beach
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Gunung Payung Beach
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If you want to visit Bali and stay near some of the best secrets spots, check out of accomodations page on resorts in Bali.

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Here’s The Part Of Hawaii That Matches Your Personality

If you’ve ever thought about going to Hawaii or heard people tell stories of it, you know that there are very different types of experiences there. Finding the one that will give you the experience you need can be tricky, which is why we’ve put together this guide.

Based on what type of personality you have, you are probably going to enjoy specific parts of this tropical paradise. And while there are great locations all over the island state, we want you to have the most fun you can. So, check out these different personality types, and if you identify with them, these areas of Hawaii might just be for you.

So, if these are the four personality types…

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Big Island “Do It Now” Personality Type

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If you’re the type of personality that’s into shops, luxury restaurants, and expensive resorts. This works very well with personalities that enjoy luxury, crowds, togetherness and action.

For you go-getters out there, Big Island is probably where you’ll find everything you want from a vacation. It’s the most popular place in the State, and offers something for everyone. Especially people are want to get things done now.

Kauai “Have Fun Doing It” Personality Type

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Kauai is known for amazing scenery and it’s relaxed persona. Everything that you’ll find to do on this island is scenic and beautiful. For those of you that are all about the journey, and having fun, this is the place for you.

Your eyes will never have anything dull to look at. For all of you adventure seekers, this is the place you’ll get lost in nature’s beauty and some of the most remote beaches in the world.

Maui “Do it Right” Personality Type

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The Playground of the Wealthy is what this island is commonly known as. If you’re the type of personality that wants to do everything right, let’s call you a perfectionist, this is the place for you.

What’s even better is that there are some very affordable options here, and if you use some of the promotional items from our site, you can get accommodations for almost next to nothing. This is by far, one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Oahu “Do It Together” Personality Type

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Oahu is known as “the gathering place” to locals and visitors and lives up to that name with lots of nature, surfers, tourists and everything in between. If you’re the type to love being around other people, Oahu is the place for you.

We give everyone the chance to visit some of the best places in th world, and we especially love the pacific islands. Hawaii is unforgettable, and it’s options are many. Check out more posts from us on the blog of some amazing areas in the world.

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5 Stunning Places in Fiji You’ve Never Seen Before

If you’ve never been, you’re missing out on what some consider the most exotic destination in the Pacific. Land to intoxicating beauty, untouched beaches and the most beautiful water in the world, Fiji always impresses. Today check out these 5 places there that you’ve probably never seen before.

  1. Suva

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Suva is the capital of Fiji and is very accessible to other parts of the world. It’s a bit more progressive than the rest of Fiji, so stay here when you are looking to let your hair down and have a good time.

  1. Coral Coast, Fiji

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The Coral Coast was one of the first places in Fiji to be developed for tourism and it’s obvious why. With unmatched beauty, this area is home to some of the most breathtaking scenes in the world. Add watching waves break onto a reef to that, and we’re sold.

  1. Denarau

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One of the smaller private island paradises around Fiji, Denarau offers exclusivity that’s unmatched. Private cruises, scuba diving and watersports are all available here at your finger tips. This is my personal favorite place in Fiji!

  1. Mamanucas Islands

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These are located off the main Fiji islands, and are home to one of the most exotic vacation destinations in the world. Staying here is like you’ve arrived at your post-apocalyptic paradise hideaway. The prices are reasonable too!

  1. Taveuni

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Taveuni is the third largest island in Fiji, and one of the most beautiful. Regular holiday travelers to Fiji choose Taveuni to stay at because of it’s quiet mood and tucked away location. Enjoy all of the amazing spots in Taveuni at your disposal.
There you have it, 5 places you probably didn’t know existed in the middle of the pacific ocean. What’s great is that Fiji is affordable, family friendly and probably the most beautiful place you can visit on earth. To see more amazing holiday locations, explore all of our destinations!

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