French Polynesia
Mont Otemanu

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    • Day 33

      Jan 23. Bora Bora

      January 23 in French Polynesia ⋅ ☁️ 82 °F

      Considered the world's most beautiful island, the Society Island of Bora Bora is only 15 square miles. This stunning land is made up of a barrier reef of islets, each one connected to the next depending on the tides.

      According to figures released in French Polynesia, more than half the population in the Society Islands now lives below France's poverty threshhold.The data is based on a 2015 survey on expenditure in Tahiti and Moorea.

      We had a few hours before our excursion so we tendered to the Island and took a local bus to the beach. Jul & I were surrounded by ship crew members and locals. Crew are able to get off the ship in various ports. It's fun to see them in "civilian" clothes! They are so happy to have a holiday! Their joy is infectious!

      On our ride, we saw houses where the poor living conditions were obvious with some people living in shipping containers and lean-to type homes. This tugs at my emotions. Similar to visiting Mexico, it feels bad to witness the disparity among the wealthy and poor. If tourists are contributing financially to the native population by visiting and enjoying their beautiful Island, why are so many still so very poor?

      Along the beach, we observed small boats owned by islanders. The boats are moored on metal scaffolding with wheel-like hand cranks to raise and lower the boats from the water.

      Time at the beach was pleasant. The sand is white and the water is crystal clear. Jul and I waded in and right away a Sting Ray passed us within 5 feet! Beautiful!

      Our excursion included a boat-ride outside a reef area where we saw Blacktip Reef Sharks and Sting Ray's. The thrill I felt to be so close to these beautiful animals is beyond words!

      We leave tonight for Moorea (Opunohu Bay), French Polynesia!
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    • Day 81

      Welcome Bora Bora!

      February 6, 2023 in French Polynesia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Als Überraschung haben wir heute schon mal einen kleinen Abstecher nach Bora Bora unternommen. An Land ging es zwar nicht, dafür entlang einer herrlichen Lagune. Passend dazu haben wir uns eine lokale Band an Bord geholt, die für ordentlich Südseefeeling gesorgt haben!Read more

    • Day 86

      Bora Bora!

      February 11, 2023 in French Polynesia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Ein erloschener Vulkan inmitten einer der schönsten Lagunen der Welt - das ist Bora Bora, die "Perle des Pazifiks"! Drei Berge, dessen höchster der 727 m hohe Otemanu ist, bilden die Silhouette.
      Eine 32 km lange Küstenstraße führt einmal um die Insel. Dabei geht es durch kleine Dörfer und immer entlang des mächtigen Vulkanmassivs im Zentrum der Insel.

      Was ich zum ersten Mal gesehen habe, sind Gräber im Vorgarten. Aufgrund des zu geringen Platzangebotes auf der Insel gibt es keinen Friedhof und die Verwandtschaft wird im eigenen Garten begraben...
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    • Day 15

      Bora Bora Jan 23rd

      January 23 in French Polynesia ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      Full day in Bora Bora with 2 excursions to keep us busy and see all the sights we can in one day.
      In the morning we had an open bus tour of the island which took us around the main island road and was 15 miles. Along the way we saw their way of life and how they value the simple things and nothing is really complex. The main challenge is that just about everything has to be brought in by ship, so it's a challenge to build new buildings, fix vehicles and introduce new things. Just about everything is re-used and re-purposed. Many of the resorts were destroyed by the 2010 monsoon and were never rebuilt. The few that were being rebuild were stopped and cancelled due to Covid. It's a shame since the island is such a beautiful resort place to visit.
      We had lunch at a cafe and experienced the cost of living in Bora Bora. Lunch was about $95 US. However, it was really good seafood and MaiTai's.
      In the afternoon we took a boat cruise around the island to see the bungalows that are built in the ocean. They are part of the remaining resorts and vary from $500 to $1500 a night. There are pics of these.
      We saw a plastic bottle floating in the water and went to pick up the trash and when we were near it, it moved away from the boat. we caught up to it and our boat captain lifted it out of the water and it was a fishing buoy with a line, hook and live fish caught on it. He is taking it home for dinner.
      We were the last tinder boat (small shuttle boat from the ship to the shore) back, so they could not leave until our group was back on board.
      Dinner and bed to get ready for tomorrow's excursions...
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