Two years ago, while sitting on our Sofitel Private Island overwater bungalow on the last night of our Bora Bora honeymoon, Jessica and I promised to come back and visit as soon as possible. We were both very excited when preparations began for our second trip back to French Polynesia.
The first thing on our list was to lock in the Air Tahiti Nui airlines flight from Los Angeles to Tahiti, and the rest started to fall into place. Bora Bora has a small airport, and large commercial planes can not fly directly there. You must fly into Papeete (Tahiti) and transfer to a smaller plane to visit Bora Bora.
Our journey got a kick into overdrive before it even started. We had scheduled an 11:40 pm Friday night flight, and by checking Air Tahiti Nui’s website, – (there is a dedicated page for flight disruptions), we realized that our flight was canceled and moved to Saturday. With a quick phone call to an Air Tahiti Nui sales agent, we found an earlier 4:30 pm flight available and that if we made it to LAX in time, the tickets were ours!
Before our flight departed, the airline was gracious enough to compensate us with a free night at the InterContinental Resort once we got to Tahiti. Jessica and I were happy to take the early flight out, we didn’t have a problem spending extra time on vacation.
We recently posted an article a couple of months back about Air Tahiti Nui upgrading its planes with new inflight entertainment systems and fresh cabin design. The contemporary decor is nice and bright and more reflective of the colors of Polynesia. There is even artwork and floor-to-ceiling photos on the walls between the cabins.
For comparison, the above photo shows Moana Economy Class, but on this trip to Tahiti, we were able to travel in-style by flying in Business Class which Air Tahiti Nui calls their “Poerava” section, which translates to “Black Pearl” in Tahitian.
As we entered the aircraft Jessica and I were personally guided to our seats and offered a warm washcloth infused with Tiare flower fragrance. There were sounds of island music playing in the background as we familiarized ourselves with our surroundings and opened our travel gift boxes.
Just like kids with a new toy, we started pushing buttons. Jessica wanted to see all the angles her seat adjusted to while I started playing with the large touchscreen display in front of me. I couldn’t believe there was an actual remote control for the entertainment system, but it made perfect sense when your seat was reclined, and you couldn’t reach the touch screen.
After a few minutes of playtime, we were offered drinks and a snack before takeoff. We had the choice of Champagne, MaiTai, Mojito, Margarita, Pina Colada, and an assortment of other cocktails. As you can see from the picture below, we decided on Champagne.
Overall, a very smooth flight from Los Angeles to French Polynesia. Roughly 8 hours of flying time from start to finish, we left at 4:30 pm and arrived in Tahiti at 10 pm local time.