FP Hike 4: Bora Bora Mt Pahia

Today we hiked to the summit area of Mt Pahia in Bora Bora. Definitely one of the hardest hikes of my life but at the same time some of the best views ever. Mt Pahia is about 2,000 feet above sea level and dealing with the island heat and humidity is part of the challenge. The hike is extremely steep with probably around 10 climbing sections with ropes. It was good to get back to hiking after doing some snorkeling with Spotted eagle-rays, Blacktip reef sharks, and tropical fish yesterday. I’ll write up a full report later but here are some teaser images.

Mt Otemanu is on the left and Mt Pahia on the right. These are Bora Bora's two highest mountain peaks. We hiked up from sea level to the summit top seen on the right.
Mt Otemanu is on the left and Mt Pahia on the right. These are Bora Bora’s two highest mountain peaks. We hiked up from sea level to the summit top seen on the right.
Typical climbing section with friend Josh seen at the top.
Typical climbing section with friend Josh seen at the top.
Views from the summit were all around and showed the spectacular reef, motus, lagoon, and villages around Bora Bora. This is just one small angle.
Views from the summit were all around and showed the spectacular reef, motus, lagoon, and villages around Bora Bora. This is just one small angle.
And of course the ultra-expensive overwater bungalows.
And of course the ultra-expensive overwater bungalows.
In the distance we could see the beautiful heart-shaped island of Tupai (located 19 km north of Bora Bora).
In the distance we could see the beautiful heart-shaped island of Tupai (located 19 km north of Bora Bora).
There are many more pictures of the views but space does not permit me to share them at this time.
There are many more pictures of the views but space does not permit me to share them at this time.
This is Mt Otemanu seen from the lower summit of Mt Pahia.
This is Mt Otemanu seen from the lower summit of Mt Pahia.