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... drift snorkel, where you basically just let the current take you. There were a lot of pretty fish and coral to see. The water was crystal clear. Keith saw a small puffer fish and I saw a small jellyfish.
After snorkeling, we stopped at a private motu (island) for lunch. A lot of the motus are ancestral homes, passed down to each generation. On this particular one, the family living there grows cantaloupe and watermelon. Our guide gave us a demonstration on how to make poisson ...
... manta ray has arrived'! Right on queue. Looking down into the deeper, darker channel there appeared this huge manta ray flying along the bottom...a wing span of maybe 10 feet.
These rays are quite shy. Mark and Cindy had made 42 dives in Thailand and had only two encounters with Mantas. Paula and I felt tremendously lucky to see one here....we watched for a few minutes and then it disappeared into deeper water.
... then having some time to shop and or look around before having to be back on shipboard. We snorkel in the coral reefs off shore and must take a boat out to the location. Hopefully we'll have some good pictures from that excursion. We will anchor out 5 minutes from the wharf as the water is too shallow, so we'll be taking in a tender.
We have dinner reservations for 7:30 at Toscana, the Italian speciality restaurant. It was the ...
... a bench under a coconut tree, there were some locals who stared at me. Don't really know if it was because of my swollen face or my blond hair they probably have never seen before :-D This was at 8 am and we had to catch our plane to Bora Bora at around 1pm so we were quite nervous if we could make it since... no offense...everything takes ages to the local people. And they don't care about time much :-) ...
... the air, Bora Bora has been compared to that of "a tiny emerald in a setting of turquoise, encircled by a sheltering necklace of sparkling pearls."
The island itself is rather small, and can be circled by car in about an hour, while the lagoon is three times the size of the land mass and offers amazing hues of blue and turquoise as you navigate its crystal waters. Today the island is almost entirely dependent on tourism. Over the last few years several resorts have been built ...
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool