I was reminiscing about my trip to Bora when I stumbled across these reviews that are pretty shocking.
First, here is how it is: if you are on a honeymoon or have a "princess" for a wife, splash out and stay in one of the 500 dollar per night overwater bungalo's elsewhere on the island. If, however, you are looking for the cultural experience, and dont need much, Chez nono is absolutely fantastic.
I stayed there for 2 weeks with my girlfriend in June 2010, we were travelling the world so were on a budget (or as much a budget as FP will allow). We didnt stay in the round bungalow but stayed in the smaller square one also on the waters edge. When we first walkd into the room we got a shock because it was small and cramped, but after a day or two we realised it was perfect, what more did we need than a bed, shower and toilet!?!?
The lagoon which is literally 5 steps away in unbelievable, Bora is an out of this world experience, it is beautiful. The waves beak on the reef about 500 meters off shore rather than on the beach which is so strange and fascinating. rays swim past on a dailey basis. There are free kayaks in nono which you can take out anytime to paddle around the lagoon and if you paddle out to the reef you will get to see a couple of lemon sharks swimming around (totally harmless).
The shop is a 10 minute walk away and has everything youd need (at an overinflated price). We would get a couple of beers every night and stand on the waters edge with everyone else from nono and watch the sun set every evening. there is a communal kitchen which is great for meeting other travellers.
A short walk up the road is the novotel and you can rent a little speedboat for the day without a licence and drive all over the lagoon yourself, it was one of our best days. We drove out to the motu and explored that, fantastic.
Other than that, there is a little truck that goes around the island and can take you anywhere. Go on a jeep tour of the island with a guy called "coco", he is a character and is a great guy. Lots of fun. Also, take a trip out to "le Meridien", you can go out for lunch and have a look at what money can buy (turtles in their swimming pools!!!!).
There is also a shop a 2 min walk away with internet (again, very expensive).
I would, and hopefully will, stay again.
- Also Known As:
- Chez Nono Hotel Bora Bora
- Chez Nono Bora