Friday, January 22, 2016

French Polynesia: Bora Bora

Bora Bora. We've all heard of it and have this image of over the water bungalows, crystal clear blue water and gorgeous sunsets. Yep, that about sums it up! But since you know all that, I thought I'd share the island view of Bora Bora.

We spent 2 days anchored off Bora Bora. Our first day, we rented jet skis and rode around the whole island. Sorry no photos of that - have you been on a jet ski - cameras are not recommended. I've now decided we should have a jet ski in Abu Dhabi . . . still working on convincing Brian!

Our second day, we rented a little scooter and rode around the whole island. A very different view - yes, we went past the resorts with the overwater bungalows, but the rest of the island seemed a bit run down, actually. We even passed a garbage dump along the road! Here are a few shots from our adventure.

This was a black pearl farm and shop. The round tank full of water is a demonstration of how the oysters are kept and the pearls 'farmed'. It was an interesting tour actually and they had some beautiful pearls for sale.

Here's a random view of the road. I was constantly amazed by how green and lush everything was - that's what happens after 5 years in the sandbox - you become overwhelmed by green.

And then of course there's being overwhelmed by blue. Every shade of blue you can imagine. Just breathtaking.

We stopped at a little lookout of sorts over the lagoon area.
This cloud hung over the top of the island the whole 2 days we were there. I wish there had been some way to get the scooter up that mountain - would have been an interesting trip for sure!

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