Editor’s Note: The photo above and story below were submitted by Jim Suss who is a world traveler living in Atlanta, Georgia. Originally from Rochester, NY, Jim is a voiceover talent, as well as an Emmy Award winning video editor. Currently, Jim is a full-time editor with Warner Brothers/Discovery networks.
I have been talking about Bora Bora since I first visited there in 2005. At that time, I only spent a few hours, as I was on the cruise ship Paul Gauguin. The 2005 trip occurred by cashing in 240,000 Delta SkyMiles, and receiving a Round-The-World Business Class Certificate. That trip took me east from Atlanta, to Lisbon, then Amsterdam, Cape Town, Seoul, New Zealand, both north & south Islands, then 10 days in French Polynesia and back to Atlanta.
I have wanted to go back to Bora Bora ever since that trip. We had planned on going in 2020, but because of Covid, Air France had cancelled our flights, so the trip was postponed until October 2022. We flew out of Atlanta on Friday, September 30 to avoid Hurricane Ian, spent the night in Los Angeles and flew LAX to Papeete, Tahiti on October 1st.
We arrived in Tahiti, collected our bags and flew out to Bora Bora, where a boat was waiting to take us to the Intercontinental Resort and Thalasso Spa. This is an incredible resort, the best we’ve ever stayed in, from service to total immersion in Polynesian culture, this resort has it all. We stayed in overwater villa number 220, with a perfect, unobstructed view of Mt. Otemanu. The villa was huge, well over 1000 square feet, plus a deck and swim platform. The water was about 4.5 feet deep, perfect for snorkeling, and we saw our share of tropical fish and manta rays swimming under the villa.
One morning, it was raining lightly, and we assumed we would not get out to enjoy the sun. I had coffee out on the deck, and spotted this incredible rainbow. This was taken with an iPhone 12 Pro Max in Ultra Wide Camera mode 13mm f2.4 on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 6:52am local time. The passing shower cleared, and the remainder of the day was perfect. Everything in Bora Bora is perfect. Asking the restaurant manager “how are you this morning?” it’s always the same. She replies with a huge smile, “I’m in Bora Bora. Every day is perfect”.