Bora Bora, French Polynesia


Bora Bora is a bucket list destination that I visited for ten days after Moorea. It’s about 150 miles away from Tahiti and distinctly different from both owing to it being a luxury honeymoon destination. Not surprisingly, Bora Bora is a difficult nomad destination as the entire economy, infrastructure and lifestyle is centered around the tourist industry. Because of this it was hard to live like a local — because every local is deeply entrenched in making money from tourists. I spent seven days on the mainland of Bora Bora, right beneath the summit of its captivating, central mountain, Mt. Otemanu, in an Airbnb. 

One thing that was surprising is that even though the island is very small, everyone who lives here uses cars to get around from place to place. There is even traffic in the main town of Vaitape during the busy hours. Ironically, the cost of renting a car is over $100 a day. Bicycles are $20 a day. I ended up renting a scooter for a day ($70) to circle the island —...