2014.3.16The storm calmed down in the morning, but the heavy cloud was still hanging low. This is a long exposure shot taken from Le Méridien’s beach.

View of Mount Otemanu and overwater bungalows of Le Méridien Bora Bora
View of Mount Otemanu and overwater bungalows of Le Méridien

Breakfast buffet was held Le Tipanie restaurant. Rain started suddenly during the breakfast. Guests by the water had to move their tables hurriedly. Bora Bora are always connected with blue sky, white beach and palm trees, but this is what we saw in Bora Bora.

Breakfast at Le Méridien Bora Bora
Breakfast at Le Méridien Bora Bora

Le Méridien was renovated in 2011. Directly facing Mount Otemanu, the resort has the best view in the island to view Bora Bora’s signature shaped mountain and the lagoon from the beach or from your private patio. The interior is modern and the overwater bungalow has bigger size glass floor than Pearl Resort in Moorea.

Inside the overwater bungalow in Le Méridien Bora Bora
Inside the overwater bungalow of Le Méridien
Inside the overwater bungalow in Le Méridien Bora Bora
Inside the overwater bungalow of Le Méridien

The resort is actively involved in sea turtle protection effort. Bora Bora’s turtle center is located in the resort’s private lagoon. From one side of the pool, you can walk down a couple of stairs and watch the turtles at water level. There were about 15 turtles in the pool. Some of them flew around freely, but others stayed at the corner without making any move for hours.

The Turtle Sanctuary in Le Méridien Bora Bora
The Turtle Sanctuary in Le Méridien

At noon time, it seemed the tropical cyclone finally moved out of the region. The cloud was lighter. It’s soon getting hot with flushes of sunlight started breaking through. We had no plan in the afternoon. On the TV, CNN was reporting repeatedly on the disappearance of MH370 and the progress of Crimea’s referendum; the resort’s channel played Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” endlessly. Besides lying in the room, we also swam in Le Méridien’s inner lagoon.

Lunch at Le Méridien Bora Bora
Lunch at Le Méridien Bora Bora
View of Mount Otemanu from Le Méridien Bora Bora
View of Mount Otemanu from Le Méridien Bora Bora

Night starts to fall. I took some pictures with long exposure to smooth out the sea. Even the sky was covered by the cloud, the contrast between the gray sky and turquoise lagoon was still very striking.

Overwater bungalows of Le Méridien Bora Bora
Overwater bungalows of Le Méridien

More pictures after night fully settled in. Bora Bora was more like the paradise at the time.

Night view of overwater bungalows of Le Méridien Bora Bora again Mount Otemanu
Night view of overwater bungalows of Le Méridien again Mount Otemanu
Night view of overwater bungalows of Le Méridien Bora Bora
Night view of overwater bungalows of Le Méridien
Night view of Le Méridien Bora Bora
Night view of Le Méridien Bora Bora

The dinner served buffet on Sunday. It’s about $100 per person.

Dinner buffet at Le Méridien Bora Bora
Dinner buffet at Le Méridien Bora Bora
Dinner buffet at Le Méridien Bora Bora
Dinner buffet at Le Méridien Bora Bora
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