The article Hulse wrote on Bora Bora brought back wonderful memories of our vacation last summer. We want to share two tips with readers who might be looking for a more economical way to enjoy Bora Bora and the neighboring islands of Raiatea and Huahine.
Chez Pauline is a simple campsite, very popular with young Europeans and on the picture-perfect beach near the Marara and Moana Beach hotels. One can camp for about 800 francs (about $8 U.S.) per person per day, or rent a simple bungalow for 4,000 francs per person. Reservations need to be made well in advance, especially for July and August. Contact: Chez Pauline, P.O. Box 215, Vaitape, Bora Bora, French Polynesia.
Also, Claude and Claudine Goche have been in the charter business in the Leeward Islands since 1972. Their yacht, the Danae III, has four double staterooms. It sails each Monday from either Huahine, Bora Bora or Raiatea on six-day cruises, dropping anchor in magnificent lagoons and allowing guests to snorkel, to explore white sandy beaches or to search for shells. Claudine prepares the catch each day in her tiny galley and creates gourmet dinners . . . for about $800 per person for six days.