Bora Bora is one of the few places on earth that everyone hopes to experience in their lifetime—and once you see it, it will leave you with an ever lasting impression.
To begin your fabulous journey you will have to start by stopping in Papeete, Tahiti since this is where all the flights enter and depart from. It is in the same time zone as Hawaii and only 8 hours from Los Angeles. You just need a 2 hour flight from Austin, TX to LAX to get you going. Tahiti is known as the "Queen of the Pacific" which is why it is best to stay a least one or two nights in Tahiti before you head off to Bora Bora. Papeete, Tahiti is a vibrant and multicultural city that offers you a chance to purchase black pearls, head to Vai'ete Square like a local after sunset while the waterfront promenade comes to life when you get to enjoy some great gourmet food trucks.
Bora Bora is less than one hour away by plane from Papeete, Tahiti. You will be able to enjoy some gorgeous views from above in the sky. You will want your camera with you! It will be the one place you can see at least 7 different shades of blue water. It is amazing. Once you arrive on the small island known as the "Motu Mete" you will be greeted with a smile and a fragrant flower lei and transferred to your Bora Bora resort. Bora Bora is known for its over water bungalows. It does offer beach bungalows and garden villas with their own private pool. There are many options to consider. You can enjoy experiencing many activities in the lagoons by snorkeling, diving, fishing, paddle boarding, kitesurfing, jet skiing and don't forget the shark and ray feeding plus more! Here is a brief video for you to see and to get excited about your next trip to Bora Bora. Contact us for your next trip from Austin, TX.
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The World is Now More Accessible Than Ever - Explore and Enjoy It! Twenty percent (62 million) of the U.S. population has some form of disability, and the number of these individuals is increasing daily. These people need to, want to, and can travel from Austin, TX. If you’re part of that twenty percent, a world of travel awaits you. Travel professionals such as myself who are accessible travel advocates certified by Special Needs Group, the leading global provider of special needs equipment for the travel industry, have unique, specialized knowledge about how to help individuals with disabilities enjoy a wonderful, hassle-free and memorable trip. Here are some tips to help you get started from Austin, TX.
Outline your travel needs
Take time to evaluate the logistics of your trip in relation to your ability to keep pace. What modes of transportation will you be usingfrom Austin, TX? Airplane, motor coach, train, ship, transit vans for ground transfers? Make a list, referring to relevant brochures, your trip organizer or travel agent to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Now, make a list of your specific requirements. Be honest: what types of special needs equipment do you depend on at home in Austin? What do you use or need (or wish you had!) when shopping, sightseeing locally, dining out or going to the movies, attending concerts, the theater, street fairs or sporting events at home?
Can you hear and see clearly without special auditory equipment or visual aides? How far can you walk without a rest break? Are stairs difficult? Can you get in and out of the tub or shower at home in Austin, TX without handgrips or other assistance?
Travel, whether solo or in a group, is no time for roughing it or trying to “tough it out.” If a wheelchair, scooter or portable oxygen will make your trip easier, place that item on your list. Many people who do not use wheelchairs or walkers at home feel more comfortable using these mobility aides for tour and excursions. In fact, most of Special Needs Group’s wheelchair and scooter rentals are to individuals who only use such aides when traveling.
If you already own a scooter or portable oxygen, it’s important to know the policy and procedures for bringing that equipment onboard all the transport vehicles included in your itinerary, from planes to taxis to ferry boats. Does that transport have a way to stow your scooter or wheelchair from Austin, TX? Is oxygen allowed on board? Some airlines prohibit certain types of batteries, such as wet cell batteries, or oxygen cylinders. Airlines operate under strict rules, so there may be packing procedures to follow if they do allow the equipment. Keep in mind, most airlines need at least 48 hours’ notice to make special arrangements, and be prepared to fill out forms.
Overall, cruise ships are more lenient in allowing oxygen, but some disallow certain types of oxygen. All require that the oxygen be delivered to the ship, and that you have enough for the entire voyage. Oxygen may never be brought aboard in your luggage from Austin, TX. Requirements vary, so check your cruise line for proper instructions. Again, documentation and paperwork are required.
Whether you are headed from Austin, TX for a cruise ship, hotel or all-inclusive resort, double check for wheelchair access at that venue, plus any venues you will be visiting on the trip. Confirm that accessible hotel rooms, resort accommodations or ship staterooms are available for your travel dates. The earlier you book, the better your chances of securing fully accessible accommodations. And early booking increases your chances of securing a ground floor hotel room or cruise stateroom near the elevator, if these issues are important.
Check on the access to public rooms, restaurants, bars, toilets, the swimming pool, hot tub, beach area and other amenities. Are there TDD phone devices? How will you get in and out of the shower or bathtub? Are there flashing lights to accommodate hearing? Braille room numbers? Knowing in advance the scope of your needs gives you time to arrange advance rentals of any necessary equipment, scheduled to arrive when you do. Everything from scooters, lifts, ramps, TDD kits and special mattresses, including special needs cribs, is available for rental.
Will road travel or car excursions be part of the trip from Austin, TX? Many car rental companies have vehicles that are modified for drivers or passengers with mobility limitations. Check ahead to make sure a suitable vehicle will be available for your travel dates. If you will be hiring a car or van, make sure the company is aware of your special needs.
When traveling with a limitation or disability, full travel insurance for medical coverage abroad and trip cancellation insurance are even more important and strongly advised.
Please feel free to visit with us more on your needs from Austin, TX. We look forward to assisting you so you have a wonderful trip.
I love to travel and explore the world. My goal is to help others actually experience their desired destination(s) whether they are traveling solo or as a group. The world has so much to offer.