One of the several excursions we took during our trip to Bora Bora was a 30-minute helicopter tour. This was at the top of my list of things to do there. It was a little bit pricey, but well worth it.
The InterContinental has its own helipad on the property, so we took a short ride with the concierge on a golf cart and within minutes we were in the air. The pilot flew us out to a small neighboring island called Tupai, which is famous for its heart shape. Normally, we would have been able to fly at a higher altitude to get a nice overhead shot of the island, but the clouds were pretty thick that day and the pilot said it was better not to go too high up. So we circled Tupai and saw the lone house where the island’s keepers live. We then flew across the open ocean back to Bora Bora and began an amazing tour of the most beautiful island in the Pacific.
I spent 90% of the tour watching the LCD on the back of my D800 to make sure I was getting good focus and proper exposures, so it was kind of bitter sweet. But it was definitely worth every dime and I’m so thrilled that we had a chance to do this tour. Unfortunately, I think I’m now hooked on aerial photography and my wallet isn’t too happy about that.