Boring Bora Bora

 

 

 

 

T he next 5 days after Hawaiki Nui Va’a race, I ran, walked and hitchhiked around Bora Bora EVERY SINGLE DAY. There were days when I did several laps around… The island has only 32 km of road that runs along the coast and the population of 9000 people. There are not that many cars around, so the possibility to get picked up by the same people is very high.

 

The map of the island.
The map of the island.

 

After several days of non-stop moving around the island, even the people who didn’t pick me up before knew my name, because it’s a small island...

 

My awesome friend Django who picked me up several times around the island.
My awesome friend Django who picked me up several times around the island.

 

Bora Bora is beautiful, but not more than Moorea, Raiatea, Huahine or Tahaa. It’s only promoted more and nothing else. The nature was just as amazing, the people were just as nice and ALL the mangoes I ate there tasted just as heavenly as on the other islands. I love Bora Bora, but I got seriously bored after 5 days.

 

Believe it or not, it's possible to get bored of it.
Believe it or not, it's possible to get bored of it.

 

Hitchhiking every single day... :))
Hitchhiking every single day... :))

 

...so beautiful.
...so beautiful.

 

I’ve heard of an island called Maupiti that is situated at the extreme west of the Society Islands, but only about 40km away from Bora Bora. There is a ferry and a plane that goes there once per week, but I was determined to find a boat to hitchhike. 

 

Papaya
Papaya

 

The color...
The color...

 

Mr. Coconut
Mr. Coconut

 

It took me 4 days to find a ride. All the fishermen I was talking to were going to Tahaa or even Tahiti, but none of them to Maupiti. One morning I talked to the fisherman who took me to Mama Gloria’s house. Mama Gloria was a feisty little lady who could speak English perfectly and immediately showed her affection towards me. She liked me and I liked her. Her husband owned the boat and he worked with many fishermen and the captains. She said she would make him find me a ride to Maupiti for free. She surely did! The next morning she got me a ride with Captain Torro and his nephew who were taking her husband’s boat to go fishing around Maupiti.

 

I've met Tavi while hitchhiking around the island, I stopped at his house and asked him to fill out my water bottle and gave him some mangoes that I picked up on the way. Soon we realized we have some friends in common and for 3 days he was trying to find me a ride to Maupiti, but without much success.
I've met Tavi while hitchhiking around the island, I stopped at his house and asked him to fill out my water bottle and gave him some mangoes that I picked up on the way. Soon we realized we have some friends in common and for 3 days he was trying to find me a ride to Maupiti, but without much success.

 

Hitchhiking with Captain Torro and his nephew to Maupiti!
Hitchhiking with Captain Torro and his nephew to Maupiti!

 

My friend Regina who I was staying with on Bora Bora gave me the contact of the family from Maupiti who could host me for few days. The ladies of Bora Bora sorted me out…Mama Gloria with the ride and Regina with the place to sleep.

 

After few hours of fishing, Captain Torro and his nephew dropped me off on Maupiti. The island looked so friendly and beautiful..and I was in no rush to find the house of the family that Regina was telling me about. I walked along the road and happily kept greeting everyone I met on the street.

 

Captain Torro and his nephew dropped me off on Maupiti.
Captain Torro and his nephew dropped me off on Maupiti.

 

The 1st car that I saw on the road stopped by me, even though I was not hitchhiking, and a beautiful girl asked me if I needed some help and where I was staying for the night. I said that I was not really sure and she offered me to stay with her friend. Her name was Marior and her friend was a French-American scientist who exchanged his western life for a very simple and calm life on Maupiti. At least, he thought it would be calm until he fell in love with a beautiful Marior, but that’s life…

 

The next few days I stayed with them in the house.

 

I hope you enjoy the pics and the rest of the story!

 

Hitchhiking around Maupiti that has 9km of road.
Hitchhiking around Maupiti that has 9km of road.

 

Beautiful.
Beautiful.

 

My little hitchhiking buddy. :))
My little hitchhiking buddy. :))

 

Marior holding a soursop.
Marior holding a soursop.

 

Amazing view.
Amazing view.

 

Marior took me to see the petroglyphes.
Marior took me to see the petroglyphes.

 

One of the petroglyphes.
One of the petroglyphes.

 

We climbed the ropes to reach the top of the mountain. I pooped my pants several times thanks to some unresolved personal issues with the heights. :))
We climbed the ropes to reach the top of the mountain. I pooped my pants several times thanks to some unresolved personal issues with the heights. :))

 

Stunning view from Mt. Teurafaatiu.
Stunning view from Mt. Teurafaatiu.

 

That's a lot of bananas.
That's a lot of bananas!

 

What's life without the laughter.
What's life without the laughter.

 

Another stunning view while climbing Mt. Teurafaatiu.
Another stunning view while climbing Mt. Teurafaatiu.

 

That was me -> 3 times per day. No joke. I was holding a record of 15 mangoes in 1 day and was still trying to break that record every single day.
That was me -> 3 times per day. No joke. I was holding a record of 15 mangoes in 1 day and was still trying to break that record every single day.

 

Simply beautiful.
Simply beautiful.

 

Simply beautiful.
Simply beautiful.

 

Simply beautiful.
Simply beautiful.

 

French Polynesia seems to be very gay friendly country. The large number of cross-dressers and transvestites living on the islands is nothing unusual. Rae rae (as they call them) is a respected segment of their culture whose presence dates back hundreds of years.
French Polynesia seems to be very gay friendly country. The large number of cross-dressers and transvestites live on the islands and that's nothing unusual. Rae rae (as they are called) is a respected segment of their culture and it has been like that for hundreds of years.

 

This is the house of Marior’s cousin Ahky. They call him Gaudi of Maupiti for his arty house that he has built himself. Ahky is also a well-known Tahitian musician with 10 released albums.
This is the house of Marior’s cousin Ahky. They call him Gaudi of Maupiti for his arty house that he has built himself. Ahky is also a well-known Tahitian musician with 10 released albums.

 

Ahky
Ahky

 

He sang me a song...
He sang me a song...

 

He made me a hat out of a palm leaf…
He made me a hat out of a palm leaf…

 

…and invited me to stay with him as long as I wanted. :)))
…and invited me to stay with him as long as I wanted. :)))

 

What a genius.
What a genius.

 

Guess who didn't have to pay the entrance into Ahky's house? :))
Guess who didn't have to pay the entrance into Ahky's house? :))

 

Hello beautiful, you!
Hello beautiful, you!

 

That's what the pineapple farm looks like.
That's what the pineapple farm looks like.

 

This is a symbol of Maupiti. I was told that the base is the island, the peak (the mountain) on the left is the 1st brother, the peak (the mountain) on the right is the 2nd brother and the mother is in the middle. Marior and I have climbed the mother.
This is a symbol of Maupiti. I was told that the base is the island, the peak (the mountain) on the left is the 1st brother, the peak (the mountain) on the right is the 2nd brother and the mother is in the middle. Marior and I have climbed the mother.

 

Maupiti boys are handsome.
Maupiti boys are handsome.

 

This is a guitar made out of wooden cigar box Flor De Tabacos and the maker was a drug dealer who is currently in jail.
This is a guitar made out of wooden cigar box Flor De Tabacos and the maker was a drug dealer who is currently in jail.

 

Local house.
Local house.

 

All the locals wear the palm leaf hats. They are really useful against the sun, plus they look epic! :))
All the locals wear the palm leaf hats. They are really useful against the sun, plus they look epic! :))

 

Banana flower.
Banana flower.

 

Riding together.
Riding together.

 

Underneath the mango tree.
Underneath the mango tree.

 

Granny with her grandson.
Granny with her grandson.

 

Vanilla plantation.
Vanilla plantation.

 

Beautiful motu across Maupiti.
Beautiful motu across Maupiti.

 

Hitchhiking with the boys.
Hitchhiking with the boys.

 

The flowers in the shape of a heart.
The flowers in the shape of a heart.

 

Up the hill we go!
Up the hill we go!

 

In Ahky's house.
In Ahky's house.

 

His terrace.
His terrace.

 

One of gazillion little details.
One of gazillion little details.

 

My hitchhiking buddy had a gun.
My hitchhiking buddy had a gun.

 

Feeding time.
Feeding time.

 

The flowers...
The flowers...

 

The friends I stayed with on Maupiti.
The friends I stayed with.

 

Beautiful frangipani.
Beautiful frangipani.

 

Wherever you look, it's heaven.
Wherever you look, it's heaven.

 

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...

 

Absolutely stunning.
Absolutely stunning.

 

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...

 

Childhood friends.
Childhood friends.

 

Leaving the island until the next time.
Leaving the island until the next time.

 

Bye, bye Maupiti.
Bye, bye Maupiti.

 

This is fisherman Ruben who drove me from Maupiti back to Bora Bora. He’s Marior’s brother in law.
This is fisherman Ruben who drove me from Maupiti back to Bora Bora. He’s Marior’s brother in law.

 

Stunning motu near Maupiti.
Stunning motu near Maupiti.

 

Ruben tried to persuade ME to kill the fish with a wooden bat. He had no idea I was vegan.
Ruben tried to persuade ME to kill the fish with a wooden bat. He had no idea I was vegan.

 

Maupiti behind us.
Maupiti behind us.

 

Bora Bora in front of us.
Bora Bora in front of us.

 

Thank you Ruben for teaching me how to drive Polynesian fishing boat and giving me a ride from Maupiti.
Thank you Ruben for teaching me how to drive Polynesian fishing boat and giving me a ride from Maupiti.