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The Black Pearl! Our 5 Star Over Water Bungalow in Bora Bora!
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The Black Pearl! Our 5 Star Over Water Bungalow in Bora Bora!
Maeva! Welcome to The Black Pearl!
Our brand new living room. A craftsman's dream.
A craftsman's dream!
Enjoy the view of the lagoon from the living room.
Every detail is inspiring.
Our brand new state of the art kitchen!
The perfect place to cook a meal!
All appliances are state of the art!
A beautiful CA-King sized bed, facing the lagoon!
Reading lights, art, views of the lagoon. A place to read or to dream!
The bedroom has a beautiful sitting area too.
Granite and marble accent our beautiful bathroom. A walk in shower, bathtub and washing machine!
Bubble bath, anyone?
Our huge lanai has a dining area, new gas barbecue and comfy lounge chairs!
Time for breakfast.
The view from our steps that lead to our private dock and sunning area.
The perfect place to read, take a nap or jump in the lagoon!
After your dip, an outdoor shower, surrounded by Bora Bora's heavenly lagoon.
The sun sets right in front of the bungalow.
The view from The Black Pearl living room!
Rush Hour at our bungalow!
Don't forget to see the traditional Tahitian Dances!
Sunset at The Black Pearl!
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Holiday Rental House -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Bora Bora, Society Islands

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Lucy M
Lake Forest, California
Level 6 Contributor
269 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“We picked the right place!!”
Reviewed 19 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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We just kept saying this each time we drove up to our "home" in Bora Bora!
When we arrived at the airport and got on the ferry, we saw 4 bungalows across the bay heading to Vaitape port...could that be our place? It was!
If you want privacy, a breeze, your own dock, cook your own meals (if you feel like it) and independence, rent this bungalow! It is fully furnished with the "local" flare. We had wifi to play our own tunes and stay in touch with home (not work) if we felt like it!
Loved the outside shower and dock...I floated in our own little lagoon. My love enjoyed the kayak for a bit of sporting action. Watched the sunset nightly, with the path of the setting sun on the water, B lining for our porch, amazing! We ate fresh bread, from town, daily (sometimes it was still warm) and witnessed water color changes off our own porch!
Richard was a great help, very responsive and calmed my nerves dealing with a private residence over the internet.....he is an honorable man and has a good reputation in Bora Bora.
We absolutely enjoyed our stay, our house and this beautiful island!

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Liked best: Location, over the water was perfect and we still had privacy, always a great breeze
Liked least: Must have a car, no walking to anywhere from this location, roads are narrow
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Robin A
Nashville, Tennessee
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209 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Forget the Dinky Resort Bungalows”
Reviewed 25 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013
10
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For the same price (if not less) we rented The Black Pearl and also were provided a car (for an additional cost) for this house with full amenities. It's set over the water and has beautiful views, and large airy rooms. The bathroom is to die for and and the house also has a full kitchen and washing machine (so keep this mind when packing---you don't need to bring a lot).

We enjoyed being on the main island during "off season" when we could kibitz with the locals and learn about local culture at our leisure. All of the island recreational activities were available to us and THEY were happy to come to the house to pick us up when we went out on road or water tours. The house shares a dock with the next bungalow down where the Reef Discovery agency came to pick us up one morning. That being said, the house also sits on a small, but well colonized coral reef, so be prepared to snorkel around the house as well. We were aware of this and both where prescription glasses so I ordered prescription snorkel masks from Snorkel-Mart.com which only cost us 49.00 a pair to take with us. The house had a box of flippers and snorkel tubes, so were happily snorkeling on our off off the back dock of the house every morning!

Additionally, the fellow who I presume is the local manager of this rental property (Nir-who also provided us with the car) made himself readily available if we needed anything (we did not, but it was nice that he gave us his cell phone --not just his number--an actual phone) to call if we had any questions about planning anything or had any medical needs).

The only thing in the house we could not figure out how to work (and it was very like user error) was the DVD player. They had a limited number of movies we'd seen but were excited about revisiting, and there was some weird error message that popped up on the player..but no worries! That's not what we're in Bora Bora for, is it!?

We were very happy with our choice of The Black Pearl. Everything worked flawlessly in making the arrangements and having everything ready. Nir was at the boat dock in Vaitape
when we arrived to direct to where banks were and the house was etc. It could not have been more seamless. I actually felt bad for the poor folks who fell victim to the water taxi schedules of the resorts, most of which are out on motus and not on the main island. I'd hate to have my dinner ruined having to watch my schedule to catch the next boat taxi back!

If you don't want to be thrown in with a group of tourists all residing in closely situated water bungalows, please consider The Black Pearl. We certainly recommend it and will go back the next time out travels bring us down to the South Pacific.

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Liked best: The Privacy
Liked least: No dislikes
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Southern California
Reviewed 30 April 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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A romantic getaway
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Justintim...
Lexington, Kentucky
1 review
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“this was a very exciting trip!”
Reviewed 19 February 2013 for a stay in November 2011
4
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I loved the room espeacially at night when the water reflected on the ceiling of the bunglow and your own private dock. I loved the way the fish would come right up to you and eat right out of your hand. We swam with the dolphins which was amazing. Would love to go again soon.

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Liked best: the bunglow and people itself.
Liked least: the flight to the island
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Jenna and...
Oakhurst, New Jersey
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Unimaginable Paradise”
Reviewed 3 February 2013 for a stay in January 2013
13
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If you are searching for the perfect combination of luxury, relaxation, privacy, and mind-blowing beauty, the Black Pearl is it. In our entire lives, we have never been so relaxed. The Black Pearl offers the opportunity to escape from life and to revel in such rare pleasures. The bungalow is gorgeous. There is a large, fully stocked kitchen with all the utensils and appliances that allow you to cook at home and relax. The living room has comfortable couches, a flat screen television, and all the space you could need. The bedroom is large, comfortable, and clean. The bathroom is beautiful and offers a large shower and a tub. In short, the Black Pearl does not feel like a hotel or a vacation rental; it truly feels like home. We were so comfortable and so blown away that we never wanted to leave.

We started each morning with coffee on the back porch. The porch overlooks the water. Depending on the tides, the time of day, and the angle of the sun, the water literally had 100 different colors of blue and green. When we finished our coffee, we took out the kayaks and paddled along the shore or, on other days, we snorkeled in the water right outside the bungalow. We were surprised that this water was filled with blue, yellow, and striped fish! We sat on the back porch and soaked in the sun while reading books. We did rent a car and we took the 15 minute ride to the beaches of Matira and the restaurants. We cooked dinner several nights of our stay because the Black Pearl was so incredible that we wanted nothing more than to continue relaxing in such opulence.

As if the bungalow itself was not heaven enough, Nir, the manager of the Black Pearl, made the entire stay even more unbelievable. He went so far out of his way to make sure that we had everything that we needed at all times. He made wonderful recommendations for activities and restaurants. And he was always a cheerful voice on the other end of the phone (which he provides you with when at the Black Pearl so that you can always reach him!!). Although we felt like we had our own island and our own home while at the Black Pearl, Nir was our connection to the rest of the island at all times.

When researching Bora Bora, the typical image that appears is the over the water bungalows of one of the luxury hotels, i.e. Ritz Carlton, Intercontinental, etc. The Black Pearl blows these bungalows away. Each of those hotels is on a separate island. The bungalows of the other hotels are not private and, to the contrary, appear to be basically on top of one another. You will have little seclusion and you share the water around your bungalow with the other guests. You also rely upon the often unpredictable and nonresponsive (from what we heard from guests at those hotels) water taxis to get to the main island where the Black Pearl is located. But, not at the Black Pearl!! The Black Pearl offers all of the luxury and accomodations as these luxury hotel bungalows, but, you get the privacy, seclusion, convenience, and comforts of home as well. If you are deciding between the Black Pearl and one of those other hotels, the Black Pearl is not only the cost efficient choice, but, the BEST choice for activities, beauty, and privacy!! It will blow you away. We would recommend the Black Pearl A MILLION other times over. It is home and luxury and exquisite opulence all in one. You will not be sorry!!!

If you have extra time, combine your stay at the Black Pearl with a few nights at Rohotu Fare Lodge for the perfect over the water bungalow - mountainside stay combination!! It is true paradise every minute of the day.

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Liked best: The bungalow offered us privacy and tranquility. It was like we were on our private island!!
Liked least: You need a car to get to the restaurants and the beach.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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SleepWhen...
Connecticut
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Heaven...Bliss...the perfect vacation!”
Reviewed 8 September 2012 for a stay in November 2010
5
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What a wonderful place to spend a honeymoon! The bungalow was perfect...it had a great kitchen, a beautiful bathroom and shower, great views from EVERY window and the most beautiful deck over crystal clear water! The caretaker helped with dinner reservations, scuba diving, adventure excursions etc...we cannot say enough about the beauty that awaits you in Bora! We cannot wait to go back! We look forward to staying at the Black Pearl! Thank you for everything!

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Liked best: The back deck over the water...every fish imaginable...rays, octopus etc!
Liked least: Going home! Too short...we would stay longer!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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TBall9652
Olympia, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Privacy and beauty”
Reviewed 10 October 2011 for a stay in February 2011
8
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This is a beautiful full house over the water with kayaks under the house and all the space and necessities for a nice stay. Negatives were: the BBQ never worked the whole time there no matter how many times I called; Safe wouldn't let us in once so we did not use it anymore; There are a few fish around the house but not many for snorkeling; (maybe we were stupid) but could never get a movie to show up on the TV screen - (could hear it but never see it): The house is far enough out you really do need a car.
There is a nice little beach next to the house and beauty and privacy were wonderful. Matira Beach on the southern end of the island is where you want to spend most of the days for a good beach, good snorkeling, good food. It is 32 KM around the island (great road) and this house is equal distance from Matira Beach whichever way you go.
The place was very clean and most everything else worked great. Newly marrieds and people who want quiet this is the place.
Do go the Lagoonaquarium Cruise. It is the BEST. Not a lot of action on the island itself. Most on the motus around the island. This is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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Liked best: The beauty and solitude.
Liked least: The distance from everything else.
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
10 Oct 2011
We have replaced the barbecue with a new one and the safe is working fine now. The television does work and there is a button on the remote that must be changed. Instructions are provided. There are plenty of fish along the bungalows, especially if you bring bread. There are beautiful eagle rays that show up at sunset and turtles as well. Matira is beautiful and a great place to go. We always tell our clients that a car is a necessity. We do our very best to keep things in tip-top shape, but sometimes it is difficult as Bora Bora is so isolated. I apologize for any inconvenience you might have experienced while there.
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