Bora Bora – French Polynesia: Our view after eight memorable days

Looking back, this is worth a read. It’s one of our most popular travel blogs 🙂

Slow Travel in Distant Places

English: Another day in Bora Bora. English: Another day in Bora Bora. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After our adventure in unspoiled Raiatea, we visited the nearby island of Bora Bora. The flight took ten minutes but the airport is on a separate island to the main resort island. So we boarded the Air Tahiti ferry with  locals and visitors that were not staying in the luxury resorts but we could not fail to notice the arrival facilities for those that were staying in them, as they were whisked away in powerful leather seated speed boats. Bora Bora is quite a small island, set on a spectacular lagoon, and is famous for two things. Firstly, a large part of the island’s accommodation is in seriously expensive luxury resorts. Second, Bora Bora is a mecca for honeymoon couples that are able to afford this kind of extravagance.

We spent eight nights in a delightful, small, locally-owned resort…

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Opinion – ‘It’s essential to life’: Ofwat’s Rachel Fletcher sets a new course for water – via the Guardian

Social contracts‘ proposed in this article are for the birds. In a fashionable term, it’s ‘highly nebulous’! A Far-Left Labour will try to re-nationalize public utilities, financial constraints permitting. A Conservative government needs to look to populism for the way forward. Across Europe people are distrustful of elites and experts. ‘Ordinary people’ know about UK former nationalized industries, their costs and their service/quality levels. I totally disagree with this op-ed Guardian article by Ofwat’s, Rachel Fletcher. A Conservative Government needs a radical change agenda for public services – the best place to start is to fire the regular and start again with ‘zero based design’. For another industry, consider British Air Transport, with their Third World quality/service levels, but lots of status quo cost-plus facilities – fundamentally wrong in  oligopolies.  Thoughts?