exploring the underwater world of bora bora

Blazing Hot Bora Bora

There is one thing that is undeniably true about Bora Bora (and most of French Polynesia) and that is the views are breathtaking.

I have said it before and I will say it again, the views alone are worth the trip. I would even go so far as to argue that the absolute best view, is from the water. The $2000 a night overwater bungalow looks dreamy, but I wouldn’t trade places.

Ok, maybe I would if someone else was paying.  A bathtub, air conditioning, housekeeping and room service on a Polynesian wood platter…yes, that does sound dreamy!

Looking out at the graduating shades of blue, lush tropical foliage and volcanic rock formations my imagination goes wild. From out here, this is the land before time.  But, gazing and day dreaming can only satisfy a person for so long.

sailing bora bora

After a trip into town and a stop at the visitor’s center, I was armed with a map and a plan to explore Bora Bora.

Like any best laid plan, nothing ever goes as planned.  You ready for a walkabout?



You win some (hello Polynesian sized beer) and find no trespassing signs other times.  But, it’s all good times.

nikki drinking a Polynesian sized beer

Don’t worry, we split the beer.  I don’t think I could have walked out of the place if I drank it all on my own.  But fair warning, when in French Polynesia and they ask what size of beer you want.  Ask if the sizes are in French or Polynesian!

majestic banian vs baby banian

Just so we don’t sound like a whiney bunch of jaded travelers who can’t appreciate a lovely tree, here is a side by side reference.  The tree on the left is in Nuku Hiva where there was a majestic banian tree.  On the right is the “majestic banian” marked as one of the sights to see in Bora Bora.  In the video, we flashed back to the neighboring island of Huahine, where there was also a majestic banian tree.  So…we’ve learned that when a Polynesian tells us there is going to be a majestic banian tree, it’s going to be impressive!  Except for this one time in Bora Bora.  😉

But, no matter where you are in French Polynesia, the water and fish are always a win!

fish of bora bora


nikki wynn snorkling bora bora


we found nemo in bora bora

It has been fascinating to experience the differences from island to island as we make our way through French Polynesia.  Especially here in the Society Islands.

Tahiti is the big island, the city, the hub.  Everything starts and ends here.  All ferries, all flights.

Moorea, despite being only 12 miles away from Tahiti, has a quiet, community-oriented feel.  Great for the casual traveler.

Huahine is known as the local’s island and we agree.  Every trip to land included meeting a new, friendly, Polynesian face.

Now, we’re taking in Bora Bora.  We had been warned Bora Bora was all about the resorts (known as honeymooners island) and not as good for the non-resort traveler.  The vibe is distinctly high which shouldn’t be surprising considering the average cost for a week-long holiday in Bora Bora starts at around $11,000 for two.  Gulp!

But, we’re just getting started!  Fancy resorts aside, Bora Bora has a unique history. During World War II America had a military base here.  Which certainly changed the landscape…but more on that another day.



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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

  • Anchorage:  East of Toopua Iti
  • Date:  December 2018

Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (52)

  • Ron G.

    Nikki and Jason, your videos are simply stunning and your writing is beautiful. I’ve started following when you bought Curiosity and am slowly catching up to real-time. I feel honored to experience your incredible travels vicariously through your posts. Thank you for having me along.

    • Curious Minion

      I know I speak for all of us by saying thank *you* for being a part of the GWTW crew! Stay tuned for all the upcoming adventures!
      Curious Minion

  • w3w

    I was in Bora Bora in May 2000. The over-the-water bungalos were priced at an exorbitant $700/night then. We swam in the awesome swimming pool. And sip on $10 (virgin) pineapple juices, maybe to pay for the pool! We, too, preferred to sleep on our yacht in the Bora Bora lagoon.

    There was an exceptional scuba dive just outside the Bora Bora lagoon. The dive boat even picked us up from our yacht! The strong current made for exceptional sea life. There were one to almost two metre long (3-6 feet) grouper which didn’t seem to regard us humans as any kind of threat. There were hundreds of other types of fish at all times.

  • james gagnon

    Haven’t seen the Bora Bora video yet, just getting on line with you guys. Have been watching all kinds of sailing videos lately, yours I seem to gravitate to…very well presented by you all, and then editing, choreography, filming quality…..mostly the presentation, you both Rock! So the cats, dying to know breed of each? Thanks Much!☮️💕

    • Curious Minion

      Hey James. Singa, the one you see most of the time who has the spots, is a rescued Silver Bengal and is the Chief Engineer. They’re a really curious and vocal breed which I’m sure you’ve picked up on. Admiral Cleo has the stripes and actually runs the ship. She’s “just” a domestic short hair but don’t let that fool you – she’s a Grand Lady.
      Curious Minion

  • Jeffrey Stenberg

    1st more embarrassing pic ‘ s of Jason, he got you many times. Jason, no white sun glasses, hat very nice, shorts at end of video, no( contrast) The things you need to learn Jason to keep things going ( You are the man) I f it where me( and it would take me some time to learn) I would avoid Tourist places, listen to the locals and the shallow underwater shots where nice ( boo yah) Life out there’s much better than the crazy US politics here. And I’m m living a dream here in WA ,mt. Wildlife and family.

    • w3w

      WA?: Washington state? Western Australia? Myanmar? Ghana?

  • Al

    Love you guys for years since the land yachts. Keep up the your travels because I travel the world vicariously through y’all.

  • Dinah

    That “majestic” tree was a big disappointment! There are numerous banyan trees larger and more intermingled at the Ringling Gardens in Sarasota, FL! However, as you said, you ARE in freaking Bora Bora. So.

  • dee

    the water is beautiful . awesome

  • Jeff f

    What did you think of the water on Matira Beach. It did look hot. I remember having Christmas dinner at the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort in a suit with family and it was so hot we did not even feel hungry. Was that a dark Hinano? Loved the video and please stay there another month at least.Underwater shots are amazing. Jason, go this that perfume for Nikki stat:)

  • Yvan Dion

    Loved the underwater shots (slow, fast, freeze frame, etc.). Thanks for sharing folks – you’re inspiring !

  • Bart and Sue

    Thanks for sharing your adventure. Been to Tahiti 23 years ago and loved it. Raiatea and Huahine were our favorites. The people were so nice. It did take a while to get use to island time, but worth every moment. Thanks you guys.

  • Bettina

    Loved the underwater filming in this vid! Don’t get me wrong your videos are ALWAYS, always exceptional but something about this one was just amazing to me. The clear, clear water, the fish, all of it was incredible. Thank you!

  • Alan L Solomon

    Great video. Happy faces. Awesome snorkeling. Cookin music..

    G’day Mate’…

  • Vicki and Ben Williams

    Nikki and Jason, My husband and I have been so inspired by your videos and adventures that we have bought a boat, a 43 foot trawler, though, not a sailboat. We are both retired, him 67 and me 66, so we figured the sailboat was too much work. We are just now loading it up with necessities. We are getting your recommended chairs. (Thank You). My husband, Ben, has experience sailing to the Bahamas when he was younger plus, he always had a powerboat for the lake we live on. Me, no experience at all! I am practicing knots right now. I have many questions for you. What kind of soaps, shampoos, toilet paper, do you guys recommend? Or do you just get it all from West Marine? I am going to look closely at your store to see what else we might need. Our plan is to start slow, cruising from Florida up the East coast to at least Charleston, maybe Wilmington. We might do the ICW for most of it. Then we plan to head farther south, maybe Key West, for the winter. We just love the crystal blue water! We’re not living full time on the boat, probably 50/50. We still have our house in Atlanta. Thanks for putting so much effort and detail into your videos. They have ALL been excellent!

  • Mary

    Yes, that was kind of a sad Banyan tree. I’ve seen so many more magnificent ones in your other videos.

    At least lunch wasn’t a disappointment! It sure looked yummy from here!

  • Bill

    Did I miss an episode about the drone? You say you are looking to get another? I am interested in the use of the drone, any and all information you could pass on, will be greatly appreciated. As always great show.

  • David Wanamaker

    Lucky guys what a place, what a life. I’m enjoying the vicarious life I live through you. Cheers!!

  • Mandy

    What was the music for this video? Loved it,

  • Roger B

    I love the Banyan trees. My favorite is the Banyan in Lahaina Maui. Is the sea water clearer at Bora Bora? The underwater fish videos seem much clearer than the previous islands.

  • Dan & Zena

    We enjoy watching you two on you tube video after video. Nikki & Jason, good health, spirit and prosperity. You remind us of the good old days with Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner or is it Audrey Hepburn? Stay together, don’t break our hearts.

  • Paciii

    I had to laugh at the attempt to hide your stomach after eating, when the next thing is to give snorkeling in a bikini!! No hiding things there!! Pretty corkscrew swimming, too!

  • Lourdes

    So jealous. Good for you guys. I hope to go there one of these days. I’m glad I came across your site.

  • Carol McCarty

    That was supposed to be sorry no ice cream. Got distracted.

  • Carol McCarty

    Loved watching this video. So no ice cream Nikki! In AL we visit a place called Milky Moos who make their own ice cream. Is it ever gooood!! I’ll have a spoonful for you next time we go! She didn’t say anything about the banyan tree—that’s true love! Thankyou for the great videos. Carol

  • Laurence

    I’m still trying to understand how Jason lived past the day he said “it’s not even wider than Nikki”

    • LouisMiller

      Sorry about the rolling down the hill comment , I posted it before I read your article , I really didn’t think you could that much beer at on time , did you share the sandwich also ? 😂

  • Pat Parker

    Look forward to Sunday to watch your adventures. Loved the video

  • joyce

    loved seeing all the fishes and the music was amazing xx

  • Bahamamama penny

    Thanks again for sharing your adventures! I always enjoy them and share with John boy! Love to you both from Ohio. Where BTW we are freezing!!! Enjoy the heat!!

  • Lynne

    I look forward to your videos so much! I could never afford to go to Bora Bora, except magically through you. I can’t wait to see what the island has to offer you, the people, their markets, etc. Thank you soooo much! God bless, Lynne

  • Deborah Kerr

    Amazing fish!! You both say how hot it is, but yet you never look hot & sweaty!! lol
    Loved the video! Keep smiling 🙂

  • Rob Wilton

    Hey the Banian tree may have been a little disappointing but my question is: Why did the chicken cross the road?

  • Frank

    Hello Jason & Nikki , thxs for sharing you life with all of us viewers you truly are an inspiration. I the risk of sounding rude and I say this with all due respect . Jason more bikini shots of Nikki will skyrocket your viewership. Nikki is very attractive I’m just saying what evry red blooded male is thinking 😉 . keep up the great videos frank o

    • Bob S.

      This red-blooded male says that Wynn video quality speaks for itself. No extra skin needed. Way too many low caliber sites rely on flesh to attract viewers. They’re not worth the time.

  • John

    Big thumbs up!!!!!.Big fan…… Don’t ever lose sight of what you both are doing. Approx 300 million people stuck back on the mainland will never be able to see all the cool stuff that you are every minute of every day.


    I was starting to worry about you guys without seeing any videos for almost 2 weeks. The area looks gorgeous and hopefully one day I will said in on my own boat. I am jealous of your travels. Enjoy and stay happy. I am heading to the BVI’s on May 24 to play for 1 week. I nee a break from reality. Love you guys.

    • Curious Minion

      They haven’t missed a Sunday posting in a long time. Maybe there’s just a problem with the notifications?
      Curious Minion

  • Mark

    I love your lives…. and thanks for being willing to share some video so we can escape for a moment with you.


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