Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia

2018 HAL World Cruise

Wednesday, 24, January 2018

 

Moorea is known for its mountains, but Bora Bora is famous for its lagoon!  Once described as “a tiny emerald in a setting of turquoise encircled by a sheltering necklace of sparkling pearls,” Bora Bora presents a sense of romance.  The lush island is filled with the fragrance of hibiscus.  White sand beaches give way to the amazingly colorful waters of the lagoon.  The tiny, palm-covered motu (islets) protectively enclose the lagoon.  Bora Bora is the epitome of a South Pacific Island!

Now that being said, the truth is..…….there’s little to do here other than diving, snorkeling and all other water activities (including shark feeding which is something we will not do, ever!).  The main attraction is Bloody Mary’s bar and restaurant where EVERYONE goes to see celebrities and be seen by everyone else!  Further down the road is Matira Beach and Matira Point where stingrays like to hang out and await handouts.  And, of course, black pearls are the main souvenir!  Pearl shops are everywhere.

The island is small and can be circled by car in about an hour.  From the tender dock, small buses and vans operate as shuttles and transport visitors to any place for a flat $5.00/per ride.

Enough of the chatter.  The pictures will tell the story:

Anchored in the Bora Bora Lagoon
Anchored in the Bora Bora Lagoon
Bora Bora looking Northwest to Motu Tevairoa.
Bora Bora looking Northwest to Motu Tevairoa.
walking thru Bora Bora
walking thru Bora Bora
Passing the church flanked by vendors.
Passing the church flanked by vendors.
fruit vendors
fruit vendors
walking past pearl merchants
walking past pearl merchants
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Looking back at the tender dock area with all the buses and vans. $5.00 will take you anywhere on the island.
On the Shuttle to Bloody Mary's
On the Shuttle to Bloody Mary’s
On the Shuttle to Bloody Mary's
On the Shuttle to Bloody Mary’s
Bloody Mary's entrance.
Bloody Mary’s entrance.
This is where the action is!
This is where the action is!
Getting in on the action!
Getting in on the action!
Lunch at Bloody Mary's
Lunch at Bloody Mary’s
Walking out to the dock.
Walking out to the dock.
The dock at Bloody Mary's.
The dock at Bloody Mary’s.
The MS Amsterdam with her friends:  the Wind Spirit and someone's yacht!
The MS Amsterdam with her friends: the Wind Spirit and someone’s yacht!
Marita Beach, Bora Bora
Marita Beach, Bora Bora
Marita Beach, Bora Bora
Marita Beach, Bora Bora

 

Next stop:  Avarua, Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands.

3 thoughts on “Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia”

    1. Transportation was available outside the ship’s dock area. Taxis were expensive and in limited supply; but there was a bus (designated a shuttle) that made a loop of the island and charged $5.00/pp/per trip. We opted for the shuttle and it worked out well!

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