It's been almost a week here in Bora Bora, an island known to most people in the world as one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Unfortunately we were not so lucky with the weather, so we did not see just beauty, which mostly comes out at sunshine. Bora Bora is an archipel (atoll) with the main island being Bora Bora, surrounded by the outer reef and islands (motus) on the reef, all the way from the north west to the south east. Bora Bora itself is a green island like the others, you can bike around it in 2,5hrs and you can hike up the peak almost up to 600m with a tour guide. If you want to see differentiating beauty of Bora Bora, you have to take a boat out to the water, be faszinated from the changing view to the two peaks of the island and the largest area of turquoise water I have ever seen. Yes, here you can se the most blue from all French Polynesia. Also you can snorkel with mantas here early in the morning, when they come to their "cleaning station". That is, they go there and litte fish come and swim in and out their mouth and clean it. Those manta rays can be huge. We saw little ones, about 2m long and wide. They can be up to 6m! Also, in the south east of the blue area they do feed stingrays (and sharks), but the "stingies", as I call them, are not as pet-like as in Moorea. If you don't have anything to offer, they do not swim up to you. But, I got some more nice shots.
What do you see the most in Bora Bora? Newly married couples. It's all for them. Happy, smiling people, who pay almost anything to make some special experiences. Like for example a tour where pictures of them are taken in blue water. ??? A boattakes them to a motu, they stand in the water, the guy takes some shots, theys pay probably at least 100$ - if the pix are taken with their camera. I don't know. But this is the only way to get to those places - unless, of course, you travel with us. We can get into shallow water, and we did ;-)
Tomorrow we're leaving for Maupiti, the last inhabited atoll here in the area.
Here are some pictures as a memory of beautiful Bora Bora. Follow the link: http://sailing.smichah.de/#!album-70
Enjoy! Here are some pictures as well.
Me and my yellow kajak, Wikie