Bora Bora – Day 7: Le Meridien’s Manahau Spa, Paddle Boarding and a Polynesian Show

It is our last full day at Le Meridien Bora Bora, so we wanted to make the most of it! As usual, we went to the restaurant to get breakfast. This time, however, we were asked if we wanted “white coffee“. Huh? What’s that? Come to find out, it is simply coffee with cream! Apparently this is a very common term outside the US. Who knew? Speaking of the coffee, it is very good but also VERY strong. The cream they give you is also quite thick. It made for a rather delicious but heavy coffee experience. No need for more than one cup!

A few hours after breakfast, we took our (still) sunburned selves to the spa for our 80 minute Sun Therapy Session. We had the entire spa bungalow to ourselves! That was a good thing considering we had to completely disrobe and put on little pareos and disposable undies (even David)! Once settled on our massage tables, we were then covered and lightly massaged with a cucumber and aloe mash. Thin cucumber slices were placed over our faces and our scalps were massaged with tamanu oil. We had a small intermission where we got up and showered off all the cucumber/aloe from our bodies, then we returned to have more tamanu oil lightly massaged into our skin. It was a relaxing experience and I honestly do believe the whole process helped my poor skin feel better. Ahhhhh…

After the spa we went back to our bungalow to chill out and relax for a while. Of course, we got antsy after a few hours, so we decided to go paddle boarding! To prevent our newly rejuvenated skin from getting burnt any worse, we completely DOUSED ourselves in the last of our sunscreen (Speaking of sunscreen, DON’T buy it in Bora Bora. You will pay dearly for it! Instead, buy it at home and bring it with you. I had bought several travel size sunscreens at home and packed them in my TSA-approved liquids bag that I bring in my carry-on (btw – we never check our bags. We pack very light with one carry-on and one backpack each – that’s it!)). Ok, I digress… back to paddle boarding. It was fun!!!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


We even got to see a few rays. Check out this one that swam right underneath David’s board!


I never fell in the water, which I was proud of. However, I was rather warm by the time we made it back to the beach. We handed our boards back to the activity crew and headed back “home”. The sun was really shining now and I just had to take a photo of the lagoon. The epic blues and the way the palm tree looked and the shadow it cast was perfection!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We were so warm by the time we got back to our room that we decided to jump in the water for another swim. It was so much fun! Check us out doing dolphin dives, cannon balls and jack knifes!

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As evening approached we decided to order in again and enjoy the sunset from our deck. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


After it got dark, we went to go see the resort’s Polynesian show on the beach. It wasn’t a fancy production, but it was fun to watch. Sadly, it was too dark for my pictures to turn out.

When we got back to our room, we turned on the light to see if we had any visitors swimming around below us and low and behold, we did! A fish and another ray!IMG_2559

So cool! But…


It was our last night in Bora Bora. 😦

Reminds me of the Dr. Seuss quote:

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”


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