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Re: Bora Bora - Our trip and why (we believe) BOB>MLE
« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2017, 10:41:36 PM »
Do you want a wiki? lol

Amazing! Can you pay some pics?

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Re: Bora Bora - Our trip and why (we believe) BOB>MLE
« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2017, 11:14:42 PM »
Our flight to LA was unremarkable, and got us in on time despite a slight delay leaving JFK (better known as padding). We took uber from the airport, which was pretty cheap (we ended up taking uber everywhere while we were in LA except for our last day when we rented a silvercar). Not renting a car was definitely a good idea for us, since most uber rides were less than $10 within LA and less than $30 to and from the airports. Parking in the hotel would have cost $$, not including the price of car rental and gas. And one sidenote, I haven’t experienced this in NYC but the price difference between a pool of 2 people and regular uberX in LA is less than 10% on 9/10 rides.

When we got to the IC Century City and went to check in, we were given an option of taking a standard room right then, or to wait 10 minutes for a free upgrade to a suite due to “our loyalty”  - platinum status from having the credit card. That credit card is really a keeper for just $49/year. We agreed to wait and mentioned that we were on our honeymoon (every trip without kids is a honeymoon). After 10 minutes the woman came to give us our keys and said she upgraded us 6 levels to the honeymoon Suite and gave us 2 free breakfast vouchers for the next morning. Double score.

The honeymoon Suite was huge and so comfortable, with amazing views of the city.

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Some pics of the hotel in general
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Overall, we didn't spend much time there, but we thought the intercontinental was a nice hotel, although the location was out of the way from a lot of the fun areas of LA. Nothing an Uber can’t fix.

Thursday:
I'm not getting into a kosher discussion here but the free breakfast definitely helped get us started for the day. We needed it because we were going to walk A LOT.

We spent the day at Universal Studios. We were debating whether to buy general admission tickets for $110 pp or front of line tickets for $179. Based on our research, we were going during high season, when lines could reach upwards of 2 hours on certain rides but we didn't know if the front of line passes would be worth the extra money. Shoutout to my friend Jack F here who asked me if I have perks at work or some other program through my office. Our company does offer this (minor) benefit but it saved me $20 per ticket on front of line. For $159 vs. $105 (the price of a regular ticket on the website) I decided to just go for the FOL and we were so glad we did. We were able to go on every ride and sit front/best row at every show, and didn't wait more than 10 minutes for even the busiest attractions. The lines on some rides reached 90 minutes so it was definitely worth the few extra dollars. Overall we had a great day, the studio tour (included with the tickets) was fun and interesting, Harry Potter world was something to see, especially if you're a fan, and the rides were all fun, although many of the 4D ones were similar to each other. We especially liked the special effects show and the animal actors show, don't miss those if you're going. (I won’t bore you with pics of Universal because if I do, we’ll never get to the main event, and let’s be honest, that’s all you’re here for)

That night we went to the famous Fish Grill (on Pico) for dinner. We got fish tacos and fish and chips, both excellent. We are admittedly bad at getting pics of our food for the simple reason of we over exert ourselves when we go on vacation and become famished. Then when the food comes, we eat before even thinking of taking a picture. Then when we remember, it’s way too late. Sorry everyone! 9/10 on the food, 10/10 value , 10/10 location.

We then headed back to the hotel and showered in the spa then got our stuff (they were storing our frozen meals so this part always takes a good 10 minutes) and went to the airport. We left for the airport way earlier than we thought we needed to but there was so much traffic and the airport was an absolute mess- so many people and so few TSA agents taking their time with everything. The Tom Bradley International terminal in LAX is one of the worst experiences at an airport in my life. We ended up with no time to spend at the priority pass lounge (which I think was closed for PP cardholders at that time of night anyway??). I thought Newark was a bad airport. LAX, though more modern and nicer looking, is a MESS.

Also, instead of buying drinks for $20/drink in Bora Bora, I was told by friends to BYOL. Since I didn’t want to carry too much from NY to LA and through, I bought some in duty free LA. Prices are the same as NY but it still turned out to be a great move. Sitting by the beach, virtually unlimited scotch in hand, what could possibly be better?

The overnight flight on air France went by pretty quickly. The seat was pretty decent. I was asleep before we took off (in the upright position!) and I woke up with 2-3 hours to go. Dw also slept like a baby. One hiccup though is that even though we requested kosher meals by phone and were able to confirm that we will be receiving kosher meals on our online profile, for some reason the stewardesses did not have our names on their lists and did not have any kosher meals on the plane. Good thing we were stuffed anyways from Fish Grill, we fell asleep the whole flight and didn't care to not eat but the miscommunication would have been terrible under other circumstances. After the trip we made a quick call to Air France and told them about the issue. They were very apologetic on the phone and offered us $200 worth of gift cards for the trouble, one of which was an amex GC, the other a macys GC. I’ll take $100 over airplane food anyday!

One thing to note, it doesn’t seem like AF even offers a red-eye to PPT anymore! I really think we got the last red-eye from LAX-PPT. I don’t know if it’s a seasonal thing or a permanent change but not taking a red-eye is a potential disaster. Waste of day and you probably have to spend the night in PPT. Seems like the only option is ATN. Better start saving those AA miles..

We landed in Tahiti at around 5:30AM and had a flight on air Tahiti at 7am…Stay tuned to find out if we made that flight…..

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Re: Bora Bora - Our trip and why (we believe) BOB>MLE
« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2017, 03:24:53 PM »

I love the window into the bathroom

my first experience of this was rooming with someone on a business trip to china
separate beds, a window into the bathroom with the lock & handles on the outside.
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Re: Bora Bora - Our trip and why (we believe) BOB>MLE
« Reply #18 on: December 10, 2017, 02:12:11 PM »
Hey

Anyway we will still hear about the rest of your trip? Your title really got me excited...

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Re: Bora Bora - Our trip and why (we believe) BOB>MLE
« Reply #19 on: December 10, 2017, 06:54:37 PM »
Sorry for stalking your youtube channel but...................WOW OMG!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Bora Bora - Our trip and why (we believe) BOB>MLE
« Reply #20 on: December 11, 2017, 10:55:12 AM »
Sorry for stalking your youtube channel but...................WOW OMG!!!!!!!!!

wow this looks like it was shot in 4K!
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Re: Bora Bora - Our trip and why (we believe) BOB>MLE
« Reply #21 on: December 11, 2017, 09:55:58 PM »
While it looks quite luxurious, is it private? It sure seems like being a semi circle everyone can see onto your porch like you can see onto theirs.

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Re: Bora Bora - Our trip and why (we believe) BOB>MLE
« Reply #22 on: December 18, 2017, 10:19:46 PM »
While it looks quite luxurious, is it private? It sure seems like being a semi circle everyone can see onto your porch like you can see onto theirs.

I’d love know also. I’d much prefer privacy over a slightly more picturesque landscape any day...

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Re: Bora Bora - Our trip and why (we believe) BOB>MLE
« Reply #23 on: December 18, 2017, 10:33:26 PM »
While it looks quite luxurious, is it private? It sure seems like being a semi circle everyone can see onto your porch like you can see onto theirs.
That's the sunrise side.
The sunrise side doesn't have the privacy that the sunset side has.
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Re: Bora Bora - Our trip and why (we believe) BOB>MLE
« Reply #24 on: December 18, 2017, 10:51:52 PM »
That's the sunrise side.
The sunrise side doesn't have the privacy that the sunset side has.
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Re: Bora Bora - Our trip and why (we believe) BOB>MLE
« Reply #25 on: December 19, 2017, 09:37:45 AM »
That's the sunrise side.
The sunrise side doesn't have the privacy that the sunset side has.
The difference between the inside and outside of a semi-circle.
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« Reply #26 on: December 19, 2017, 12:17:45 PM »
The difference between the inside and outside of a semi-circle.
Exactly. Stupid layout IMHO, but great if you're on the sunset side.
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Re: Bora Bora - Our trip and why (we believe) BOB>MLE
« Reply #27 on: December 20, 2017, 11:33:59 AM »
wow this looks like it was shot in 4K??


what did you shoot this on?
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Re: Bora Bora - Our trip and why (we believe) BOB>MLE
« Reply #28 on: December 31, 2017, 02:12:30 PM »
what did you shoot this on?
Clearly my tapa hasn't been doing a great job of notifying me lately.

Some of this was an iphone 6, some was gopro 5. Some my really old point and shoot camera from 10 years ago.

Our bora pictures more mostly taken with my new samsung galaxy S8 - even better than what you see here.

Trying to get another post out today :) Stay tuned!

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Re: Bora Bora - Our trip and why (we believe) BOB>MLE
« Reply #29 on: December 31, 2017, 04:18:09 PM »
We arrived in Tahiti slightly late, and only had around 1 hour before our 7am flight to Bora Bora. There was a long line to get through customs and another line to check into the Bora Bora flight, and we did not think we would make our flight but everybody we asked reassured us that we would. Around 15 minutes before the flight, an Air Tahiti employee came through the line asking anyone on the 7am flight to follow her. She checked us in and led us straight to the flight as it was being boarded. We did not sit on the side of the plane that offers full views of bora bora but we still got to see some beautiful islands (including Moorea) and part of bora bora upon landing. Really incredible views but nothing compares to being on the ground…


Our "plane"



One picture of the "airport"

I should have more airport pics on the way back. We were in a rush on the way to BOB so we didn't get many.










I want to stay here!



Just some incredible scenerey







Pictures don't do this justice



The Bora Bora airport is by far the most “fake” we’ve ever seen. It is situated on a small motu with spectacular views of the mountain and different colored waters. We were staying in the Intercontinental Le Moana, which is on the main island, which allowed us to skip the hotel transfer (which would have been around $100 per person) in favor of the free shuttle offered by the airline. The shuffle boat dropped us off in Viatape, the main town on the island, where we found a row of taxis waiting for passengers. The friendly driver (a native from Bora Bora) drove us to the hotel for around $20 and told us all about the island along the way. She even said we came at a good time as they were having some sort of dance competition and that she would be dancing Saturday night at 9. Part of me wishes we went just to see what the heck goes on at a native bora bora party. Everyone at the hotel that wasn’t working that night was going to the party. Oh well, I guess we just have to go back…




Me zonked after the red-eye and waiting forever in customs. But overall upbeat because Bora Bora!



View from the boat








Unfortunately, the weather didn't stay that perfect the whole day :( But from Mon-Thur, the weather was this every single day.


The Intercontinental Le Moana had better service than expected. Everybody at the front desk was very nice, welcoming, and helpful. Upon arrival, we were given flower necklaces, cold towels, and free (virgin) cocktails. We were then lead to our first bungalow of our stay – the beach bungalow. We chose to be in the beach bungalow for the first 3 nights for two reasons: 1. So we can have more freedom to carry things on Shabbat (not going into specifics here, discuss with your local rabbi). 2. We had already done the OWB in Maldives just a few months ago and never got to experience a beach bungalow.

Being on the beach turned out to be just as beautiful as being over the water. We had 3 sets of lounge chairs all to ourselves – 2 chairs on our wooden deck, two on the beach close to our bungalow, and two under a straw umbrella closer to the water. We also had beautiful views of the ocean from our window and of the mountain from our deck.
Our first day – Friday – we spent unpacking, giving the chef the food and instructions, making reservations for activities during our trip, and relaxing. It was a bit of an overcast day so no tan just yet.

We had Friday night dinner brought to our deck and spent the rest of the night walking on the beach. Saturday was spent relaxing as well. We also took a walk around the island on Saturday, which was pretty exciting since we got a closer look at how the locals live and which beaches they frequent (there are A LOT of stray dogs). There are different views from every part of the island, and they are all very different from the quintessential Bora Bora image.


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Nice little touch







Our view of Mount Otemanu



I'm not posing. I said I was zonked, I meant it