During my September 2016 first lifetime visit to Bora Bora, I was able to carry out two amazing hikes. The two hikes were to Mount Pahia and the Cave of Mount Otemanu. I have previously published reports for both hikes. When we returned to Bora Bora in January of 2018, I was hoping to find an additional hiking destination. After doing some research, it seemed like the next best hike was a little-known trail which climbs along Popotei Ridge. The hike to Popotei Ridge starts at the northernmost point of the Bora Bora mainland near Taihi Point. It seems that this trail (or rough road) is occasionally used by tour guides with 4WD vehicles who bring tourists up a portion of the ridge as part of their island tour. For our group (myself, my wife Daria, our son Stefan, and our friend Renee), we wanted to do a nice family hike with the hope of enjoying nice views over the lagoon. To begin, we first had to locate the starting point for the hike, which is not obvious. We parked our rental car a short distance west of Taihi Point next to a small beach where some local children were playing in the water. We then needed to find a way to access the ridge and begin our hike. It seemed like there were two options for doing this. The first was to cross some private land close to where we parked and follow a faint overgrown road up the ridge. The second was to walk around the point and head a little bit south. From there, a more clear road (which also crosses private property) heads up the ridge. This second route is obviously the one used by tour guides. However, there are some vicious dogs in the area, and we weren't comfortable bringing our 5-year-old son that way. Fortunately, one of the landowners was working on his land near where we parked our vehicle. Thus, we talked to him and asked for his permission to cross his land and he granted it. So we were finally able to get our hike started. The beginning section of the Popotei Ridge climb starts out by following the remnants of an old road which is no longer being used. After reaching the first bump on the ridge, this old road connects with the newer road which comes in from the opposite side. From there, the route is much more straightforward as it climbs the ridgeline. An old radar station is passed and we saw some nice displays of wildflowers. A short time later, we began to have some nice viewpoints of Bora Bora's beautiful blue lagoon. We could look out and see speedboats passing through the water, overwater bungalows stretching out into the lagoon, and the long motus which encircle the mainland. As the hike progresses, the rough road transitions into a narrow trail. At the high point of the ridge, a giant rock outcropping is reached. The views at the end are the best, so it is well worth it to hike all the way to the base of the outcropping. Careful hikers with good balance may wish to climb up the outcropping to take in even more views, however this is not recommended for everyone due to safety concerns. For our group, I was the only one who climbed the outcropping. Everyone else stayed below. The reason why is that there are sheer cliffs all around the outcropping. A sudden gust of wind or being distracted while taking photos could lead to a serious accident if someone were to slip off the edge. Thus, be sure to use good judgment when in this area and definitely don't allow children to climb up the outcropping. The final views from the top were very impressive of Bora Bora's four major summits. Looking from left to right, they are Mount Mataihua (1,030 feet), Mount Otemanu (2,385 feet), Mount Pahia (2,169 feet), and Mount Ohue (2,031 feet in elevation). In addition, we could see Faanui village below us and a much more expansive portion of the lagoon. The distant island of Maupiti (33 air miles away) and the heart-shaped island of Tupai (13 air miles away) were also visible. During the hike back, it rained on us a bit. But that was okay because it was quite refreshing with it being so hot and humid outside. The hike is 3 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of about 900 feet. Our hike took place on January 3, 2018.