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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #80 on: December 14, 2015, 11:12:22 AM »
If the clarity is anything like how the water looks in BOB, I may have to ask from there.
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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #81 on: December 14, 2015, 11:16:35 AM »
Does MLE look anything like this? If not, I may need to change my trip.
The water does look like that.
No pretty mountains in MLE though.
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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #82 on: December 14, 2015, 11:25:23 AM »
Does MLE look anything like this? If not, I may need to change my trip.



I also would love to know that answer to that question, so how do BOB and MLE compare?


Can you now answer the million dollar question, the question that you spent a lot of time debating on two or three separate threads on DDF.

How does BOB compare to MLE?

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How much longer will you tease us?

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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #83 on: December 14, 2015, 11:30:56 AM »
I believe it's directly correlated to depth. The shallower, the lighter; the deeper, the darker.

As a follow-up, you can see from Google Maps (below) that the reason BOB has such astonishing beauty is because the lagoon--the part inside the islets--is huge but in so many places shallow. That's one of the chief differences between BOB and MLE (the largest difference, of course, being that the former is blessed with Mt. Otemanu standing tall in the backdrop).

The map below shows the various gradients (i.e., the soupy mess of exquisite beauty), and I've noted in red boxes the places I've mentioned so far in the TR for your (and everyone else's reference):




The shuttle from BOB to Vaitape went south along the western side of the island, and then we took the cab from Vaitape all the way to the southern tip.

As you can see, the IHG LM has the distinct advantage of being able to see sunrise AND sunset, given it's location.
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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #84 on: December 14, 2015, 11:33:28 AM »



Pure Inui Din .

How much longer will you tease us?

Being misgaber over your yetzer is a character building exercise, friend :P

Notwithstanding, can you articulate the specific question you're asking? In other words, are you asking (i) which is prettier? (ii) which we enjoyed more? (iii) which we'd sooner return to? etc
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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #85 on: December 14, 2015, 11:39:35 AM »
As a follow-up, you can see from Google Maps (below) that the reason BOB has such astonishing beauty is because the lagoon--the part inside the islets--is huge but in so many places shallow. That's one of the chief differences between BOB and MLE (the largest difference, of course, being that the former is blessed with Mt. Otemanu standing tall in the backdrop).

The map below shows the various gradients (i.e., the soupy mess of exquisite beauty), and I've noted in red boxes the places I've mentioned so far in the TR for your (and everyone else's reference):

sounds really nice -- it's now higher on our travel list. I suppose that one who's been there can pen this descriptive phrase, "(i.e., the soupy mess of exquisite beauty), when explaining the map. Nice.
we've enjoyed our caribbean visits. This location would take them about 20 notches higher.
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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #86 on: December 14, 2015, 11:41:46 AM »

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Thanks, dunno why I couldn't find it before.

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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #87 on: December 14, 2015, 11:48:09 AM »
Being misgaber over your yetzer is a character building exercise, friend :P

Notwithstanding, can you articulate the specific question you're asking? In other words, are you asking (i) which is prettier? (ii) which we enjoyed more? (iii) which we'd sooner return to? etc
Which would you say is prettier ?

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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #88 on: December 14, 2015, 11:48:19 AM »
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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #89 on: December 14, 2015, 11:59:59 AM »
do you really travel with Tabasco sauce wherever you go?

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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #90 on: December 14, 2015, 12:01:08 PM »
In other words, are you asking (i) which is prettier? (ii) which we enjoyed more? (iii) which we'd sooner return to? etc
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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #91 on: December 14, 2015, 12:04:08 PM »
Being misgaber over your yetzer is a character building exercise, friend :P

Notwithstanding, can you articulate the specific question you're asking? In other words, are you asking (i) which is prettier? (ii) which we enjoyed more? (iii) which we'd sooner return to? etc
As I've often repeated 'round these parts MLE is better in certain regards:

1) Better premium cabins, especially F (which doesn't exist at all with BOB)
2) Easier to secure OWB with private pool
3) More options for routing, making awards easier

Put it this way, does your above argument stand, which means, that if not for the better premium cabins, easier to secure OWB with private pools and more routing options, BOB would dwarf MLE in beauty and nature as CUN would dwarf Coney Island beach?

In other words, will i find MLE boring after visiting BOB ( without the premium cabins being part of the argument)

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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #92 on: December 14, 2015, 12:06:50 PM »
Put it this way, does your above argument stand, which means, that if not for the better premium cabins, easier to secure OWB with private pools and more routing options, BOB would dwarf MLE in beauty and nature as CUN would dwarf Coney Island beach?

Oh, that's your question? That one is easy.

No. BOB does not dwarf MLE as CUN would dwarf Coney Island beach. Not even close.

(But, why are we taking away the advantages of MLE? That's like asking, "If you took away Michael Jordan's height, his right arm, and his sight, could you beat him in a one-on-one?")

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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #93 on: December 14, 2015, 12:07:39 PM »
Put it this way, does your above argument stand, which means, that if not for the better premium cabins, easier to secure OWB with private pools and more routing options, BOB would dwarf MLE in beauty and nature as CUN would dwarf Coney Island beach?
I don't think anyone argues here. BOB is prettier than MLE and MLE has the better premium cabins and OWB options.

But no way is MLE Coney Island Beach. It's just not as heavenly looking as BOB.
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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #94 on: December 14, 2015, 12:07:59 PM »
Oh, that's your question? That one is easy.

No. BOB does not dwarf MLE as CUN would dwarf Coney Island beach. Not even close.

(But, why are we taking away the advantages of MLE? That's like asking, "If you took away Michael Jordan's height, his right arm, and his sight, could you beat him in a one-on-one?")

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Probably not  :(
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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #95 on: December 14, 2015, 12:08:57 PM »
Oh, that's your question? That one is easy.

No. BOB does not dwarf MLE as CUN would dwarf Coney Island beach. Not even close.

(But, why are we taking away the advantages of MLE? That's like asking, "If you took away Michael Jordan's height, his right arm, and his sight, could you beat him in a one-on-one?")

Back to regularly scheduled programming :)

I don't think anyone argues here. BOB is prettier than MLE and MLE has the better premium cabins and OWB options.

But no way is MLE Coney Island Beach. It's just not as heavenly looking as BOB.
In other words, will i find MLE boring after visiting BOB ( without the premium cabins being part of the argument)
 


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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #96 on: December 14, 2015, 12:09:29 PM »
I don't think anyone argues here. BOB is prettier than MLE and MLE has the better premium cabins and OWB options.

But no way is MLE Coney Island Beach. It's just not as heavenly looking as BOB.
of course not
MLE, as far as i know, doesnt have a hot dog eating contest

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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #97 on: December 14, 2015, 12:11:07 PM »
In other words, will i find MLE boring after visiting BOB ( without the premium cabins being part of the argument)
Do you snorkel/dive?
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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #98 on: December 14, 2015, 12:11:32 PM »
of course not
MLE, as far as i know, doesnt have a hot dog eating contest
or anything else for that matter other then water and sand

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Re: The Two-Stop Pacific Hop: Bora Bora & Melbourne (A Mrs. AJK Special)
« Reply #99 on: December 14, 2015, 12:13:51 PM »
I love this thread- can't wait for more Mrs. AJK commentary and AJK pictures. Planning for BOB myself now (and at an IHG hotel) so love all the details.

Can you comment a little more on the food situation also? I'll probably be coming from SYD so I don't think I'll have access to POM meals- is French Polynesia pretty strict about bringing food in (non-packaged, etc)?

or anything else for that matter other then water and sand
There's a lot to be said for what's under the water at MLE