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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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