We were on the last leg of our Round The World trip, and in the planning stage thought on the trip back from the New Zealand part of the trip, lets chill out in Tahiti and we did some research and found we could do Bora Bora too !
So after a while on Tahiti we flew of to this totally beautiful South Pacific hide away, yest there are lots of top end spa's and hotel, but we wanted the real thing, this is it !
Quite, simple, but not lacking amenities, all the staff spoke good English, although the spoken tongue is French of course.
Just across the Road further up ~100m (100yds) a very nice bar, restaurant (English/French/American cuisine)looking over the inlet, the beach is typical of French Polynesia Perfect, no litter, and what you find on every other beach on this planet Cigarette buts from filthy littering smokers, Nothing !!!
The only litter on the beaches are bits of sea weed or maybe a piece of drift wood, how's that for pristine.
Vaitape the Capital is small, but you can hire scooters, motorbikes and cars easily, but we found that as on Tahiti the locals DON'T accept any thing else except their currency XCF.
There is lots to explore on the Island, and on the outer reef, all around the Island is surrounded by it, but a boat would be needed, there are shuttle boats darting across the inner waterway all the time.
After a wonder around, and a bit of a sunbathe, we used to sit on the beach with a bottle of 'something' and at approx. 3:30pm every afternoon, it would get dark over to the South, and you could watch the rain squall come in, as soon as it got near you, yes your right, you leisurely walk to the bar and find a seat and watch the down pour for 10-20mins, then gone !!! back to blue skies and Sun shine.
Typical temperatures when we were there is around 30c (86f) humidity 50%+ winds light and mainly Southerly on this part of the Island, so idyllic really.
Say hello to Zavier the friendly little lizard and his family too, they're cute !!
Hope this has been of use.
Heaven on Earth !!!
David and Karen
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