While most of us hear the word “Polynesia” and think solely of clear waters and palm-fringed beaches, there’s much to see in Bora Bora’s lush interior—and it’s well worth devoting a full morning or afternoon to exploring the island’s inland wonders on foot. Let the Conrad concierge team arrange for a guide to accompany you and also provide transportation for your adventure. You’ll trace old pathways that linked long-ago villages tucked in the thick jungles of inner Bora Bora. The hike is at once an archeology lesson, ethnology tutorial, and survival seminar, starting in the village of Vaitape and climbing rapidly through the rainforest to the Valley of the Kings. Here trails lead past the remains of places of ceremony (marae), rife with legends about initiations and sacred blessings. This is the land of plenty; your guide will point out plants used in traditional medicine, hidden water sources, and groves of Tahitian almond (autera) trees. Inhale the aroma of wild coffee bushes, taste the sweet nectar of Polynesian hibiscus, sample the spicy local ginger root, and meditate at the foot of the grand banyan tree, Tumu Ora (Tree of Life). The final ascent is made by rope; the panoramic view of Bora Bora is well worth the white-knuckle climb.
The concierge can arrange both a guide and transportation for the Valley of the Kings hike; allow at least 5 hours round-trip from the resort.
Conrad Bora Bora Nui BP 502, Bora Bora 98730, French Polynesia; 689-4060-3300