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Monday, January 2, 2017

BORA BORA

 BORA BORA
FRENCH POLYNESIA

French Polynesia is a beautiful and special place with Bora Bora being one of the most popular destinations.  Our cruise included two full days on the Island and it was truly an amazing and fun two days.  The first day we spent the day in the water swimming with Sharks and Stingrays.  Yes Sharks.
Never thought I would jump in Shark infested waters with my family but I did.  Seeing sharks swimming this close over and under water was kind of scary to me.  My Wife and Daughter got a little more comfortable and aggressive and started chasing the sharks while I got back in the boat and took pictures of them from above.  I stayed long enough to get the experience and even touch a Stingray on the head.  The water here was beautiful and warm and in some areas you could even stand up.  Our second snorkeling location was in deeper water with much rougher seas.  Great to see the reef fish and beds of coral.  After spending a good part of the day in the water, we went ashore and enjoyed lunch at one of the only restaurants in the area.   The Aloe Cafe served up some delicious  fresh fish.  I had a Fish Sandwich and it was one of the best ever.  The Sashimi was also good here but the Poke had an odd flavor due to what they marinated it in.  Our second day on Bora Bora was spent on the Paul Gauguin's private Motu.  This is a jewell of a secluded beach where the water is shallow and warm.  Swimming a little bit further from shore there are beautiful reefs for snorkeling.  I opted to spend my time in shallow waters enjoying a cold beer and taking in the sun.  Probably too much sun as I got a bit sunburn.  My fault for not putting on sunscreen before spending several hours in the water.  This was an incredible and relaxing day.
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BORA BORA AND MOTU


ARRIVAL IN BORA BORA
BORA BORA MAP
THE ICONIC VISION OF BORA BORA
LANDING AT THE DOCK IN BORA BORA
LEFT THE PAUL GAUGUIN TENDER AND BOARDED SMALL BOATS
JUST A FEW MINUTES FROM THE DOCK WE ANCHORED TO SWIM WITH SHARKS AND STINGRAYS 
AND YES THERE WERE SHARKS AND LOTS OF THEM
TWO SHARKS NEXT TO OUR BOAT BEFORE I JUMPED IN
SHALLOW WATER AND SHARKS
SHARKS AND STINGRAYS
SHARKS IN GROUPS OF UP TO FIVE AND SIX AT A TIME
THE GUIDES FEED THE SHARKS
THROWING IN RAW FISH HELPED ATTRACT MORE SHARKS
SHARKS EVERYWHERE
OK I'M DONE....SEE YOU BACK ON THE BOAT






STINGRAYS ARE GRACEFUL AND PLAYFUL






AFTER THE SHARKS AND STINGRAYS WE WENT TO DEEPER WATER TO SNORKEL
SNORKELING IN THE DEEPER WATER


LIFE ON BORA BORA IS PRETTY SIMPLE
DON'T EXPECT TO SEE STARBUCKS OR MC DONALDS HERE.  ITS VERY SIMPLE LIVING

LUNCH AT ALOE CAFE
ALOE CAFE MENU






OUTDOOR DINING AT ALOE CAFE WAS MOSTLY TOURISTS ON THIS DAY 
ONLY ONE WAY TO START YOUR LUNCH ON BORA BORA
FISH SANDWICH WITH FRIES
FRESH MAHI MAHI 
THIS WAS A GREAT FISH SANDWICH
AHI SASHIMI AND POKE
FRESH SASHIMI WAS DELICIOUS
THE POKE DID NOT TASTE GOOD
FRESH MAHI MAHI
CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM
BOARDED A TENDER FOR OUR TRIP TO MOTU
THE PRIVATE MOTU FOR GUESTS OF PAUL GAUGUIN CRUISE
AS YOU APPROACH THE ISLAND THE WATER COLORS CHANGE
BUNGALOWS OVER THE WATER IN THE DISTANCE
THE BEACH IS SECLUDED AND EMPTY
LOOKING BACK AT BORA BORA FROM THE TENDER
WATER LANDING ON MOTU
WE WALKED RIGHT ONTO THIS LOVELY BEACH
AMAZING!
THE VIEW OF BORA BORA FROM MOTU WAS INCREDIBLE
YOU CANNOT HELP BUT WANT TO GET IN THE WATER HERE
THIS BEACH IS OURS FOR THE DAY
AND YES - THE CREW OF THE PAUL GAUGUIN SET UP A BAR
BEACH VOLLEYBALL
A LITTLE LOCAL CHRISTMAS DECORATION
THE BAR IS NOW OPEN
POSTCARD PERFECT DAY
AN ISLAND OASIS IN FRENCH POLYNESIA
THIS ONES FOR YOU!

SPENT MY DAY WORKING OUT IN THE WATER
OUR TENDER ARRIVES TO TAKE US BACK ABOARD THE PAUL GAUGUIN
NO DOCKS OR RAMPS HERE.   JUST WALK FROM WATER TO BOAT
LEAVING MOTU WITH ALL SMILES...WHAT A GREAT DAY!



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