My wife and I stayed at Marlon’s at the end of May, from the very beginning when we found this on VRBO and contacted Richard with questions, He was very quick to respond, gave all sorts of information and advice. Upon arriving, we were greeted by Tiare, (Nir was out of town that day) who gave us the key to the Bungalow, car, & phone to call if we had any questions, or needed any assistance with activities or restaurant ideas.
The bungalow is as exactly as described on the webpage. Beautiful views of the lagoon, you are right in a perfect view to catch a sunset (It was cloudy most of the evenings, however we did get to see 2 beautiful sunsets) Sunrises were a different story, clouds in the morning prevented catching a picturesque shot.
We highly recommend renting the car for the entire time that you are there, this allowed us to go hiking up in the mountains, see the public beach, shopping, etc at our leisure and schedule. We snorkeled every day off of the bungalow; we purchased a Go Pro camera so we could film our snorkeling and diving experiences.
Moana Adventure Tours – 7 hr Private Romantic Tour Boat Ride, it was worth the money, picked us up at our dock and we got to see the entire island, we stopped and snorkeled and three different locations, got to swim with the rays and sharks. Then had a nice dinner on a private motu ,our guide Arii was funny, knowledgeable and an excellent cook.
Topdive – if you are diver or want to learn, we had a great time with this company, they were very safety conscious, the dive masters that we had were very good, showed us different fish, eels, sharks, etc.. They also allowed us to maximize our dive time.
Hiking on the island – there is trail just down the road from the bungalow. It takes you to to one of the mountains, it can be a strenuous hike at times but the view is awesome. I believe the 4X4 tours will take you there too; we just loved hiking with no timetables.
Summary – Staying at Marlon’s provided us so much more to do, we met a couple who stayed at one of the resorts on the Motu’s and they did not see ¼ of what we did, plus they paid more for their OTW Bungalow. If you choose to stay here, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!!! Thank you Richard, Nir & Tiare for a unforgettable time in Bora Bora!!!!!
Warren & Tammy