Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Trip Start Mar 12, 2013
Trip End Apr 08, 2013

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Flag of French Polynesia  , Society Islands,
Friday, April 5, 2013

Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia. It's located about 140 miles northwest of Papeete. It is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the center of the island are the remains of two extinct volcanoes.


Bora Bora is a tourist destination best known for it's hotels that are built on the on motu, small islands, surrounding the lagoon. Today, over-water bungalows are the norm for Bora Bora resorts.

We were so looking forward to our visit to Bora Bora after seeing it on The Amazing Race, but this morning we awoke to rain. Even if the rain stopped, it was still cloudy and I don't think our pictures will do the place justice.


 As we boarded the boat for our snorkeling excursion, the skies opened up and it poured down rain. By the time we reached our first snorkeling spot, the rain had stopped. We rinsed the insides of our masks and jumped into the 30 foot water to swim with the yellow-finned sharks. The underwater camera Lee purchased for the trip took some great pictures. Our guide Tiki and his apprentice Francois kept a good eye out for us when they fed the sharks. Lee got some great photos. Not everyone was comfortable getting in the water but we had our first great adventure of the day.


 Back in the boat and off to snorkeling spot number two. Along the way we passed the Hilton Hotel, a great example of a resort with bungalows built on stilts over the water. Spot number two was only 3 or 4 feet deep with a sandy bottom. The stingrays were so close that we were able to touch them. Because they were so close, Lee got a lot of close up pictures. I got a couple of good pictures from the boat after we got back in. The water was warm at the sharks spot, but it was really warm at the stingrays spot.



I know you're thinking how much more fun can they have? The coral gardens were our final snorkeling spot. It was so magnificent that I didn't want to get out of the water. The different types of fish and coral just gave us something to see everywhere we looked. I was fascinated by the aqua and blue lips of the clams that lived among the coral. There were so many different kinds of coral. The pictures are great but you really had to see it in person to truly appreciate the vibrant colors.



 I had to take a picture of the kids paddling their outrigger canoes in the wakes of the tenders. They were having the best time.

We're back on board getting ready for dinner. Lee just took her suitcase out of the closet. I told her to put it back. I can't bear to look at it until tomorrow night. Where have the days gone? Hopefully we'll have a clear day tomorrow since we're taking a 4-wheel drive photo safari on Moorea.
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