Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Jet-Skiing in Bora Bora

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Bora Bora Jet Ski

Jet-Skiing in Bora Bora

Emily Jablon:  After sharing one American room service breakfast between the two of us (I ate the fruits and cheese & Daraius ate the meat!), we went on a jet ski tour around the island.  It was our first time on a jet ski, and it’s been something I have always wanted to do.

It was very easy to book the tour through the activities desk at the hotel, and we did not see any jet ski operators outside of the hotel like we did with bike rentals, though I am sure there are some available.

Daraius:  This was our BIG splurge activity in Bora Bora.  Emily loves the water, so we initially had planned on glass bottomed boat tour for 4,300 XPF (~$46) per person.  But the tour was cancelled because of the choppy water, so we decided on a jet-ski tour.  Here’s a link to the activity prices through the InterContinental Thalasso in Bora Bora.

I had emailed tour operators before leaving for Bora Bora, but the rates were almost the same as those through the hotel.  This was expensive at 27,000 XPF (~$288) for the 2 hour ride per jet ski, but Emily loved every moment of it!  I had fun too despite not being very comfortable in the water and being a below-average swimmer.

Emily Jablon:  We were driven in a golf cart from the reception to the jet-ski departure dock in our hotel because it was close to departure time.  We met the guide and he taught us how to ride the jet ski (ride it like a bike,  follow him but maintain distance, etc). They gave us both life jackets and there was a compartment inside to store our camera so we didn’t have to worry about it getting wet.

We were glad we had our coral shoes, because it made it easier to walk in the water.  We put on lots of sunscreen and my sunglasses helped too!

I wanted to drive first, so I got on, and Daraius got behind me. I fired up the engine and soon we were on our way!

Bora Bora Jet Ski

On Our Way!

We stopped at the other InterContinental hotel on the main island (InterContinental La Moana) to pick up another couple and then we rode around the islands for about an hour before we stopped to take some pictures.

Bora Bora Jet Ski

Don’t Leave Me Behind!

It was so much fun riding around and seeing the islands.  The colors of the water were gorgeous, and I loved riding the waves!

After another 30 minutes, we stopped at a deserted part of a motu and watched our guide break open a coconut.  We drank the fresh coconut water, which was sweet and delicious, and ate the coconut flesh.  We walked around the island a bit and took some pictures.

Bora Bora Jet Ski

Coconut Time

Then we got on our jet skis again and made the trip back to the hotel.  Daraius and I were sad the excursion was over – it was my favorite part of the trip!

Bora Bora Jet Ski

Do We Really Have to go Back?

Daraius:  Initially, I wasn’t very keen – or comfortable – on the Jet Ski, but I went along because Emily wanted to try it out.  But it was exhilarating to have the breeze blow in my face & the water splash on us.  I’d happily Jet Ski again!

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26 Responses to Our 2nd Honeymoon in Paradise – Jet-Skiing in Bora Bora

  1. I’m pretty sure Seth and his angry poisonous brethren will indict you for the demise of jet skis because you show a picture of them.

  2. @ace…lol. Agreed. Don’t kill the jet ski deal!

  3. Forgot to say earlier, big congratulations to Daraius and Emily! Our honeymoon, over 10 years ago, was also also in French Polynesia (Moorea and Huahine). And I remember my favorite memory was just walking in the water from the resorts and snorkeling in a south Pacific reef. I enjoyed that more than the scuba.

  4. Love water pics!

  5. @ace @Lol:)

    @Dluke – Thanks! Looking at that tranquil water was extremely relaxing and I’ve never seen such clear water before.

  6. Thanks for sharing! You make all the effort of getting those miles seem more real to me!

  7. @ace. @lol

    I am also one of the many who expressed displeasure at MMS daily pushing of the Chase card in the name of “sharing”, or “teaching us to to use BB”. But I find this post very refreshing. And I have nothing to complain. In fact I want to tease ( not critical , just a tease) Dariaius why he’s not sitting in front of the jet.

  8. An open letter to the travel blog community

    I just have to get these things off my chest, I can’t take it any more. I have been reading FTG for approximately 2 years. It was recommended to me by a friend and I started with 4 (2 each for my wife and I) Citi American cards for a total of 300,000 miles. I was amazed and hooked instantly. About a year ago I started reading “the rest”, if you will, and of those (like many) I have enjoyed Frequent Miler the most.

    I am very frustrated by the general tone/sentiment in the blog world during the last few weeks. First of all, why do all the haters think that becoming a blogger means you are supposed to be freaking Robin Hood. Travel blogging has no priestly oath of chastity and poverty (that I know of). These guys are using their time to write about a hobby that they enjoy and WHY ON EARTH SHOULD THEY NOT MAKE MONEY DOING IT?? This is the United States of America, where if you provide a product or service that somebody else wants and sees value in you can turn it in to a business. And quite frankly, you’d be a fool not to. I literally could not care less that the bloggers put links in their posts for cc affiliate links. They could put six in each post and it wouldn’t matter to me. I read their posts and either find them useful or not to my particular situation. When I do sign up for a new card I use the link of the blogger that I’ve enjoyed most in the recent past. I’m glad to do it BECAUSE I feel like I’m helping the people that teach me about this great hobby every day. I wouldn’t have found out about it on my own, so don’t I owe my gratitude and business to those that have helped me the most. I would even click on a donate button if I didn’t already know that the links pay directly to the bloggers.

    I understand people saying that the posts are all filler and the same old thing every day. Here’s my take on that, if I was going to a blog that posted a new cc link every day with the text…this card is good, you should get it, click on my link…I would stop reading too. There are blogs that I skip every day because their posts just don’t do it for me and I will never click on their links. YOU CAN ALL DO THAT TOO! I know this has been said before, but if you don’t like it…just don’t read it and quit complaining.

    I don’t understand why all the haters seem to have this sense of entitlement that the bloggers should bend over backwards to provide new content to them daily, not receive any compensation for it, and then smile and tell everybody to go enjoy the information that they took the time to gather and post for nothing in return.

    Anyway, this was kind of a rant (I have enjoyed and laughed at TravelBlogBuzz over the last week too btw) but I just had to get it off my chest. Thank you to all the bloggers for all that you do and for making it so easy for us to support your efforts with affiliate links…I (for one I guess) really sincerely appreciate it.

    ~Matt

  9. Daraius, sounds like we took the same jet ski tour. Now we both know how to open a coconut with a stick!….lol

    Thanks again…would have never made it there without your tips.

  10. We all know who wears the pants in Emily and Darius’s relationship…and it isn’t Darius :)

  11. GuestA, A happy wife is a happy life

  12. The editorial staff at Travel Blogger Buzz is hard at work on tomorrow’s post. Matt posted the same letter to my blog. Thanks Matt for taking the time to write this very eloquent letter. It is influencing our hard working board. We may decide to go easy on D&E. Only 5 pics, last time it was 13. We call this progress:-)

    D&E: Thanks for being good sports about what we write at TBB and not going off on the comments in my blog. If we see continued progress, we will let our leader, TBB hero/King/Jon Stewart (titles already awarded!), consider your interview request.

    Blogon bro!

  13. sheldon cooper

    Nice coconuts – including the one in Emily’s hand. Bazinga.

  14. tell us the truth, how many times did you guys fall from the jet ski? :D

  15. @ Thanh- We did not fall off once! I will be honest, a few times I felt like we might but never did! I’m glad, otherwise Daraius might never join me again. :)

  16. Wow, the water is so clear! Looks a little like the Bahamas (Nassau). This is definitely a destination on my T0-do list!

  17. To Matt: I can see where the old school milers dont want their secrets shared with all since they were part of an elite group that had deals and I can also see where bloggers want to capitalize on the best source of revenue (the dreaded CC link). So the old school milers will continue to post about not spilling and the bloggers will keep telling of deals. Im not suprised by either action and most should expect that not to change anytime in the future. Thats just the way its been going.

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