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Oceania » French Polynesia » Bora Bora April 22nd 2019

‘We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us’ – Anon After 7 days and 15 attempts we finally won trivia. The team was on fire. It’s a good job that nobody listened to me when I said that Antarctica was the only country without an active volcano and that you only need 100,000 record sales for a platinum disc. We put Australia and 1 million respectively. There was also a religious question. ‘Who was Moses wife’. Straight away Anthony and Irene, our Canadian team members wrote ‘Zipporah’ I thought that was some brand of electronic cigarette lighter!! Bill and I had said simultaneously the default biblical name ‘Sarah’. We were thankfully overruled. With... read more
Mt Otamapu at over 2385ft towers over Bora Bora below
Polynesian musicians - although I'm not sure where the harmonica fits in!!
Bora Bora - Paddling's a water sport

Oceania » French Polynesia » Bora Bora November 9th 2018

Dateline: Bora Bora, November 9, 2018 Immigration, Bora Bora and making Pareos Since this is the first port in French Polynesia, we had to go through customs here in Bora Bora, even though we are not getting off the ship until tomorrow in Papeete, Tahiti. So, today started with a visit with Immigration and Customs for French Polynesia at 7:15 on Deck 7. The ship took our passports 4 days ago and we finally get them back. Another stamp…Bora Bora. Our island tour was leaving immediately, so we rushed from immigration to the Wheelhouse Bar to collect the “stickers” for our tour. Of course, once we got there it was the “hurry up and wait routine”. After about 20 minutes the captain came on and said that he was sorry for keeping us but…we have a ... read more
A bay in Bora Bora
Matilde Beach
Handmade Pareo

Oceania » French Polynesia » Bora Bora October 3rd 2018

In things I didn't know, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the US established a military base here during WWII. It didn't see much conflict, but apparently the returning troups (as well as a number that decided to stay permanently) were the start of the island's tourist boom. On all of the other islands I visited, local folks were fairly negative talking about Bora Bora - the ridiculous prices, volume of resorts/tourists, and somewhat less than pristine condition of the main island. These were all true, but it is still absolutely beautiful. For all of the reasons above, particularly price, I only stayed for two nights. Naturally, I assume because of this decision, it rained the full day I was there - fortunately the few hours I had on my arrival/departure dates were a bit better, ... read more
Flying into Bora Bora
View from the airport
Public beach near where I stayed

Oceania » French Polynesia » Bora Bora November 26th 2014

Welcome back, I believe I left you last time as I headed to LAX ready to start the next leg of my small journey around the globe. After having dropped of my hire car I headed into the terminal to check in to my flight to Bora Bora, another 2709 miles to add to my total travelled so far. I located the Air Tahiti Nui desks and joined the queue. Sadly for this flight I was back to Economy Class and so had to take my place in line with everyone else, oh the ignominy. I boarded the plane at midnight and settled in for 8 hours knowing I would be walking up on the other side of the world and hopefully paradise. All flights to French Polynesia go via the island of Tahiti and on ... read more
Flying into paradise
Just as I'd imagined
Lifestyles of the rich and famous

Oceania » French Polynesia » Bora Bora January 19th 2014

January 18,19, 2014 Overnight we cruised to Bora Bora for a 2 day stop. No dock here so we had to “ tender” out and back to the ship. This is a very beautiful place with only about 5600 residents primarily supporting the tourist business. As this was a USA supply base in the 1940’s they built a runway that is still used today for inter- island flights. Most of the big names in hotels and resorts have facilities here. Some rooms as much as 10,000.00 US per night. A lot of over-water bungalows. There are a few big hotels that closed in the recent recession and as yet have not reopened. Hope is they will open soon as it is important work for the locals. Also a few that were severely damaged in a storm ... read more

Oceania » French Polynesia » Bora Bora January 17th 2014

Tuesday, December 17, 2013. A 2nd day in Bora Bora. Dee Dee and I get up and dress early and join others for a tender ride to the harbor where we catch an open-air bus for an island tour of Bora Bora. Lots of stops to view the scenery. The water is magnificent. It really looks more like a painting than like reality. My favorite stop is to see the island crabs. Large gopher-like holes dot the sand. Our guide has us throw hibiscus flowers out of the bus windows and suddenly the sand is filled with crabs. They tussle over the flowers. Getting a good grip they zip into their holes pulling the flowers with them. It’s so funny to see the hibiscus blooms being sucked down into the holes. Whish. They disappear. Our last ... read more
Nice place to visit
Crabs' lunchtime
Crabs' lunchtime

Oceania » French Polynesia » Bora Bora January 15th 2014

Monday, December 16, 2013. Bora. Boring. Never. At the last minute Dee Dee and I decide to take a glass-bottom boat tour. I have struggled with the idea of taking another snorkeling tour, but I’m just coughing too much for open ocean snorkeling. I’m disappointed in myself for not trying but it’s the right decision. The glass bottom boat tour is fun. We see manta rays, eels, clams. A huge variety of colorful fish. Two hours on the ocean. Turquoise waters surrounded by lush green hills. It really looks like a painting. I guess this is the place to add that the coral itself is sad. No colors. Bleached. Under attack like so many reefs in our oceans. Even the clams which are embedded in the coral are bleached. Back to the ship about noon. Just ... read more
Ocean Princess
Bleached out coral
Love that water

Oceania » French Polynesia » Bora Bora June 30th 2013

Bora Bora la mot hon dao duoc tao hoa tao nen co mot hinh the rat dac biet de roi co the noi la hon dao dep nhat the gioi. Dao Bora Bora la hon dao co nhieu khach san sang trong nhat so voi bat cu hon dao nao tren the gioi vi the da thu hut nhieu du khach den day de chiem nguong voi nhung ngay Honeymoon. Va o day Overpriced that dac do. Da so du khach den day la di tuan trang mat va movie stars. Bora Bora nam cach Tahiti khoang 140 miles ve phia tay bac. Dao bora Bora tao nen boi nui lua troi len mat nuoc cao 2,385ft. Do la 2 ngon nui lon ten la Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu. Dao nay duoc bao quanh boi ... read more

Oceania » French Polynesia » Bora Bora May 15th 2013

Here on the islands, everything is about the ocean, its marine life and fish. From the tattoos on the locals to the fishes on the corals and the fishes on our dinner table. Today we had another great experience under water. After a little messy start at the dive centre we were finally on our way outside the reef heading north to a dive site called Muri Muri. For some reason we can't understand everybody in the diving business seems to have a very special sense for order and planning... The ride itself to the site was exciting. It was the biggest waves we both experienced in a motorboat. The boat was flying of the waves and hitting the water hard in between. On the site we jumped in the water and we immediately saw black-tip ... read more
Meeting up with the dive team
Fish on display
Pina Colada

Oceania » French Polynesia » Bora Bora May 14th 2013

Of course we knew it theoretically - our islet is a reef. But it is still a special feeling to stand with your bear feet on a beach that obviously consist of tons of corals. The island of Bora Bora itself is an extincted volcano. Around it corals built a ring that turned into a reef and became more and more massive. Millenniums passing by the volcano sunk into the ocean creating distance to the reef. The reef on the other hand got so wide that plants and animals saddled down on it. This way the beautiful geography of Bora Bora developed into its current formation with the shallow, turquoise lagoon and the ring of islets (motus) around it. From our bungalow on the motu we are directly looking onto the main island with its amazingly ... read more
Pacific side of Motu Piti A'au

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