1 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 2
Richard and Seiko Holland
- english, french, Japanese
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Fantabulous stay at the Black Pearl
My wife and I spent 8 nights at the Black Pearl. Everything about it is wonderful. We sat out on the back porch and watched the sun rise and sun sets and everything in between. Used the on site kayaks and snorkeling gear. Everything at the Bungalow worked as it should. Everything we needed was there. Mr. Nir also gives you a cell phone to use if you need. Mr. Nir is available if you need info. If you choose to cook for yourself you can do that with the provided kitchen and BBQ. There are 2 grocery stores just down the road towards Tapatee. We did that 1 night and for breakfast, We chose to eat several meals at the food trucks /trailers. (we recommend you try them as a substitute to the tourist restaurants) There are also places called Snacks to eat at, They are established spots They are good also. We got a car from Mr. Nir and were very glad we did. it makes it easy to enjoy the whole of the Island. Mr. Nir or his wife will pick you up at the Boat dock (you have to take the Big boat from the airport to the Main Island, it is free and not one of the resort boats) with the car and within minutes you are on your own to enjoy your stay. We enjoyed just driving and seeing what the locals were doing. There are 5 different areas of the Island and each one had locals practicing local dance in the evening. (free Polynesian dance show). We are very glad we chose to stay at The Black Pearl as apposed to the Resorts(hut cities). Most of them are not attached to the Main Island and require a boat ride to get here.
Dream vacation and great value by comparison
This was home was everything promised. The property is wonderful. The interior was as pictured and in like-new condition with lots of wood, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, etc. There is both a tub and large shower. The bedroom and living room have views out over the back deck. The AC worked great and the location was quiet allowing us to sleep in each morning. The exterior was wonderful with an amazing back deck offering views of stunning sunsets. We could swim and snorkel off the back deck (we have snorkeled in Oahu and Kauai and the snorkeling from the Black Pearl was comparable to the best snorkel spots in Hawaii.) Nir met us at the airport shuttle drop off and left us with a rental car full of gas. He was also available to answer questions and give advice. We enjoyed exploring the islands (rented a boat, hiked, dived, snorkeled, visited other beaches, and dined at various restaurants). We generally ate breakfast and one other meal at the Black Pearl and ate out for one meal per day. This made the vacation a real value because dining out generally costs $75-$150 per couple with drinks. I would rent the Black Pearl again in a heartbeat. There are only two negatives worth mentioning. The front doors is kind of rusty which is to be expected in an over-water location. The other is the bed mattress was certainly a quality mattress, but may be getting close to replacement time. These were both very minor, did not spoil our trip, and worth mentioning only as an indication of how great everything else was by comparison. Of note, we followed up our stay with time at one of the resorts which cost us (with food and lodging) triple or quadruple the amount. While that resort was next level, it does show the value of the Black Pearl. On our next trip, we would do the same again but if I could do only one or the other, I would choose the Black Pearl because the location on the main island allowed us to better explore the island rather than be stuck on at a resort on a motu. I could not recommend the Black Pearl more and will be telling all of my friends and family about it. It was bar far the nicest rental we saw. You won't be disappointed. We hope to return soon.
So many exceptional features - here were some of my favorites:
* Two kayaks, wonderful for early morning Motu exploring!
* BBQ was new and worked well
* Bathroom lighting and mirrors were fantastic
* Kitchen was very modern
There was a short list of minor & easily addressable issues we had, none of which were serious enough to let Nir know about until the end - he was very receptive and I'm sure will address them that same day.
Looking forward to seeing this beaitiful place again.
Spectacular lagoon experience
The view surrounding the Black Pearl is hard to comprehend until you are physically on the property. Look out the windows in the living room and bedroom, and you enjoy a full view of the gorgeous turquoise water and boats going by in the distance. Stand on the back deck of the Black Pearl and look over the railing at the clear shallow water below, and you can see all of the life on the lagoon floor; late afternoon is a good time to see various fish swim by, and it's hard to tear yourself away to go to dinner in time to watch the sunset. The two kayaks available at the Black Pearl are another way to enjoy the peaceful shallow water around the Black Pearl, even for novice kayakers. And of course, snorkeling in the area around the Black Pearl is like having your own lagoon.
The Black Pearl's privacy is a great advantage. One day during our vacation, we rented a pontoon boat and explored other parts of the lagoon, including those around the hotel area. The houses on the water there are clumped together closely, with long shared walkways, a huge contrast to the privacy of this single home with its single walkway. The Black Pearl is a wonderful retreat for those seeking privacy, yet still wanting to be able to drive to wonderful restaurants and the well-stocked Chin Lee's grocery.
And if it rains, you still have a great view from the covered deck and a wonderful well furnished indoor space with high quality appliances in the kitchen and a beautiful walk-in shower in the bathroom. The owner supplies a cell phone to contact Nir in case of problems, but otherwise you are free to enjoy this amazing private place. Just make sure you stay as long as you can.
Thank you so very much. What a beautiful review. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay! Hopefully we will see you again sometime soon.
A Week in Paradise
We thoroughly enjoyed our week at the Black Pearl. The bungalow is well-equipped and well laid out. Things worked the way they were supposedly to- lots of hot water (great shower), very modern updated kitchen and nice lighting effects throughout. There was an issue operating the tv, which was a puzzle we never completely solved. We particularly appreciated the large windows on all sides of the house that not only let in great light, but also allowed constant breezes that made the air conditioner almost unnecessary (although when needed it worked well). There is a nice sense of privacy. You can snorkel directly off the deck. If you want some idea of how many fish are in front of the deck, drop a bit of bread over the railing and you’ll find out quickly. Sitting on the deck watching the sunset never got old. There’s no need to take a sunset cruise- it happens in front of you every evening. The manager Nir was a phone call away and there when needed. You do need a car as others have mentioned. Driving on the one road is easy and you’ll stop frequently to admire the views. One final note- it may have been the time of the year, but we sat outside for a week and saw zero mosquitoes. No need for insect repellent, which was nice. We have rented homes in various parts of the world and recommend the Black Pearl without hesitation. We waited many years to see Bora and mark it off our bucket list and the Black Pearl helped make it worth the long wait.
James Michener called Bora Bora 'The most beautiful island in the world. And it is, it really is.
Bora Bora is one of the Society Islands in the South Pacific, Tahiti being the largest. It is only a seven and a half hour flight from Los Angeles and only three hours earlier PST. The same time zone as Hawaii. Only two hours when daylight savings time ends. To get there, you take a direct flight to Tahiti and then a 45 minute island hopper to Bora Bora. You are now officially in paradise. Use your state of the art kitchen to prepare a meal, or dine out at the many fine restaurants on the island. The activities are endless if you wish to keep busy, or just lie down on the veranda, listen to the water and finish that 1000 page book you can't seem to finish. Life takes on new meaning when you are surrounded by the serenity and the beauty of Bora Bora. Come and see for yourself!