Hive, I apologize for my brief hiatus. It’s been a hectic couple of days over at the Waterfall house! I’ve been dealing with some more medical issues and had to undergo yet another procedure. But it wasn’t all bad…over the last few days, Mr. Waterfall and I also celebrated 10 years of being together, two years since we got engaged, and three months since we got married! We also finally got our video back from our videographer, which means I’ll FINALLY be able to get my recaps on! But before we get to that, we should probably finish the honeymoon first…where were we again?
Ah, yes. When we left off, Mr. Waterfall and I were loving life, basking in the sand and sun at the Hilton Bora Bora, eating delicious food, and making out by the pool. Honestly, that would have been more than enough for us, but our amazing guests spoiled us rotten with our honeymoon registry. Almost every activity got purchased, and we wanted to make sure we could do it all, so we decided to plan out the rest of our vacation as soon as we got to Bora Bora and book every single activity at once. So, on our first day at the Hilton, we basically showed up to front desk with a huge wad of cash, which made the concierge think we were high rollers or something. After that, we got treated like VIPs everywhere we went! In all fairness, they probably treat everybody like VIPs, especially honeymoon couples, but we like to pretend that it was because we made it rain.
On our first day, we took a Polynesian cooking class, where we learned to make poisson cru, a Tahitian delicacy:
We also took a cocktail making class (and yes, you get to drink the drinks you make!):
On our second day in Bora Bora, we went on Mr. Waterfall’s favourite excursion of the trip: The underwater safari where you can walk on the ocean floor using an old-timey diving helmet while hundreds of colorful fish and rays swim around you!
The best part was that we were allowed to bring our own underwater camera to take pictures and video, so we didn’t have to spend extra money on the professional ones. I love this video because it captures how happy Mr. Waterfall looked—he was like a little boy! (Scroll to 0:50 to hear me freaking out when the sting rays swam beside me.) I don’t know the name of that really big fish at the end, but it had TEETH, you guys…needless to say I stayed as far away as I could from it.
The next day, we woke up bright and early to go on a 4×4 Jeep tour of the main island of Vaitape. While this tour was probably our least favorite, it was a great way to experience the best views in all of Bora Bora.
View from the top of Mount Otemanu, roughly 2,385 feet up!
After our exhausting morning of sight-seeing, we were due for some pampering, so we booked the Honeymoon Sweet massage. This couples massage is done right in your bungalow, and you can choose to have it indoors or outdoors. We obviously chose outdoors because it’s freaking Bora Bora and when else are you gonna have this opportunity? The sound of the waves crashing against our bungalow as we got massaged was pretty much the most relaxing thing ever; plus, we could sort of watch the fish from our little peephole.
After the massage, they draw you a bath with your choice of fresh flowers and essential oils. Can I please go back and relive this day?
The next day, we went for a Hobie Cat ride to the coral reef, which is totally free—you just need to reserve in advance.
We also did the Million Dollar View massage. Hina Spa is at the top of the hill, so it has the most amazing view overlooking the entire resort. This massage includes a foot scrub, an amazing massage, a full-body sugar scrub, and a platter of delicious sashimi and fresh fruits!
On our last full day, we decided to book the Motu Tapu “day in paradise” picnic where they take you to Motu Tapu, a small private island owned by the Hilton Bora Bora where you can spend the morning lazily lounging on the private beach or snorkeling.
We didn’t realize at the time that we had booked a more expensive version of the excursion where you basically have an entire side of the island to yourself, complete with a private butler and all-you-can-drink water and soda. It also included an amazing private lunch for two right on the water while little fish swam around our feet. It was so romantic!
What was for lunch, you ask? An amazing platter of lobster, shrimp, and fresh fish, along with some white wine and champagne.
We were a little sad when the day came to an end and we had to say goodbye to Motu Tapu. Now I get why celebrities are all about private islands!
View of Mount Otemanu from Motu Tapu
What a wonderful way to spend our last day in Bora Bora! And just like that, it was time to return home. But not before taking a much needed picture for Weddingbee!
Yes, that is a waterfall. It’s not a great one, I know. Truth is, I may have picked my icon because of the waterfall from Couple’s Retreat and then found out that the waterfall in the movie does not actually exist in real life, and was a set build for the movie, but I made due.
Was anyone else sad when their honeymoon ended?