Bora Bora

  • Tour a private museum of exquisitely crafted model ships
  • Visit the atmospheric town of Faanui and its gorgeous pink pastel church

Just a quick drive north of Vaitape—near Faanui at the northern end of Bora Bora island—you’ll find the small yet charming Musée de Marine and its collection of model ships. Historical aquatic vessels like tuna fishing boats and traditional outrigger canoes have all been handcrafted in miniature by architect Bertrand Darasse; the museum is his private collection. Also on view are models of the HMS Bounty (from Marlon Brando’s Mutiny on the Bounty) and of the legendary Kon-Tiki raft that made its way from Peru to the South Seas in 101 days, re-creating the journey of pre-Columbian explorers. (Seek out the Academy Award–winning Norwegian documentary about this expedition, called Kon-Tiki.) Remember you’re on island time; best to call ahead for an appointment to ensure the museum is open. On the drive back, stop in Faanui for a look at the pink pastel church and find remnants of a US military presence during the Second World War.

Located at the northern end of Bora Bora main island. Transportation arrangements can be made with the concierge.

MUSÉE DE MARINE BP 304, Faanui; 689-4067-7524