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French Polynesia Cruise Day 6, Bora Bora

By Lauren James - Published June 11, 2009 - Viewed 14037 times

Day Six - May 22, 2009

Bora Bora -- This island and lagoon really are as stunning as everyone says. Before getting there I had a hard time fathoming a place with water more beautiful than Moorea's. I have never seen so many shades of blue and green in water like this, and with the backdrop of Mt. Otemanu there were also breathtaking views of Bora Bora. To get the most out of our short time here we did two excursions. In the morning we did the 4x4 tour. There really isn’t much to the island itself, but the views from the top of the mountains were astounding. This was the roughest of all the 4x4 tours we went on -- we went up three different mountains for views and the roads were the bumpiest I have ever experienced. But once we made it to the top and saw the gorgeous vistas, the bumps were a distant memory. My husband enjoyed seeing the World War II cannons and I enjoyed taking pictures of the amazing scenery. At the end of the tour we visited a pearl farm.

Bora Bora 4x4 View

View of Mt. Otemanu in Bora Bora from 4x4 tour

Bora Bora Cannon

WWII Cannons on Bora Bora

Bora Bora 4x4 View

View from Bora Bora while on 4x4 tour

Bora Bora 4x4 View 3

View from Bora Bora while on 4x4 tour

Bora 4x4 View

View from Bora Bora while on 4x4 tour

We were nervous about getting back to the ship in time to be ready for our afternoon tour.   The tour guides were nice enough to take us back to the tender a few minutes early to make sure we made it back in time, while everyone else on the tour was checking out the pearls.  Even with the rough roads this was my favorite of the 4x4 tours. But by this time we had had enough of going up and down mountains and were glad we didn’t have anymore scheduled!

We went back to the ship to have a quick lunch and to change for our shark and ray feeding excursion. The tour was with Sharkboy. There were about 12 people on the boat, which picked us up directly from the ship so we did not have to take a tender. Our first stop was the stingray feeding. My husband was a bit more adventurous than me -- he actually fed them.  I just stayed in the water watching them swim around.  They did come up very close, and one even gave me a “hug” around my back.

Bora Bora Sting Guide

Our stingray feeding guide in Bora Bora

Bora Bora Sting Rays

Stingray in Bora Bora

Bora Bora Sting Ray 2

Stingray in Bora Bora

 While I enjoyed the encounter with the stingrays, my favorite thing about it was the area where we were feeding them. I took pictures of the postcard views of the Bora Bora Nui Resort and the backdrop of Mt. Otemanu.

Bora Bora Sting Ray View of Nui

View of Bora Bora from stingray feeding

Bora Bora Sting View

View of Bora Bora from stingray feeding

Next up was a short snorkel which was very beautiful. The highlight of this tour for me was the shark feeding. After our guide attracted them with food we were able to jump in and snorkel with them. They were mostly black tips, but there were also a few larger lemon sharks trolling at the bottom. Apparently from my pictures (for some reason I don’t remember actually seeing them) dolphins showed up as well. I was disappointed that I didn’t actually see them while snorkeling, but I guess I was just focused on the sharks. It was a little scary at first, but the fear wore off pretty quickly and I just enjoyed swimming with these amazing creatures.

Bora Bora Shark and Dolphin

Sharks and dolphin in Bora Bora

Bora Bora Sharks

Sharks in Bora Bora

Bora Bora Shark 2

Sharks in Bora Bora

Bora Bora Shark 3

Shark in Bora Bora

Bora Bora Shark

Shark in Bora Bora

Next we went to a motu where the guide’s family lived and had some fresh fruit. The beach and views here were beautiful. 

Bora Motu

View from motu in Bora Bora

Bora Motu Ship View

View of ship from motu in Bora Bora

After enjoying the views during the sailaway, my husband took the tour of the engine room and I caught up on some reading before dinner.

Bora Sailaway Sunset

Sunset as we sailed away from Bora Bora

That evening was the Captain’s Dinner.  My husband enjoyed his lobster!  And I enjoyed the baked Alaska for dessert.  And the crew did a cute rendition of “We are the World”.

Bora Captain's Dinner

Ship's crew singing "We are the World"

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