Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora is not an island, it's paradise, according to my son. Just being there makes one forget about the outside world. Such beautiful surroundings in a calm lagoon. One can never get tired of looking at the marine lives there. Colorful lagoon fishes,stingrays, moray eels, humongous sea cucumbers, and sea urchins, to name a few. THE place to relax and do nothing. The overwater bungalows at the Intercontinental Bora Bora are just amazing. Contemporary decor with wonderful views from the bed.
We went into town (Vaitape) one day. It has one main street that runs thru the town, dotted by black pearls and jewelry stores on both sides of the street. It was end of the month which happens to be payday over there. The local supermarket were crowded with people stocking up on groceries. Lots of baguettes, meats, poultry, cheeses, dairy and deli products, vegetables and fruits, juices, drinks, etc. Prices are actually comparable to those found here in the States especially on their imported items.

Baguettes at local supermarket

Aerial view of IC BB with overwater bungalows in the lagoon and beach on the Pacific
Ocean side.
Sunrise at Intercontinental Bora Bora

OW bungalows facing Mt. Otemanu

Free kayaks and wedding canoe at IC BB
Overwater bungalows at IC BB- huge bedroom and living room with sundeck to jump into the lagoon anytime you want. Just lovely.

Mt. Otemanu

Local residences

Resort on a motu

                                               Quaint beauty of Matira Beach                                                         

One of the best sunset we have seen was at Matira Beach in Bora Bora. Beautiful sandy beaches where the  locals and tourists hangout to enjoy the sunset. Loved walking barefooted in the supersoft, fine sand.

End of day at Matira Beach

Sunset at Matira Beach

We went shark and ray feeding tour one day. The sharks were 3 foot long black tips reef sharks. They look ferocious but actually, they are quite tame. Our tour guide and his family (wife and their children) took us out by the reef by boat. Then, he threw a long rope into the water to tie to the side of the boat, marking the territory where we would stand and watch the sharks. As soon as the ropes were thrown out into the water, the sharks started to gather around waiting for the tour guide to feed them sardines. Funny thing is the sharks kept to their side of the rope. Not once did they invade our side of the rope.
Next, the guide took us to another spot for ray feeding. Just like the sharks, as soon as the boat stops and the guide jumped into the water, the rays start to gather around as well. They are super friendly, flapping around us, sucking and feeding out of our hands. It was fun.
The guide also took us lagoon fishing the local way. No rods, just fishing line, hook and baits like pineapple, roast beef, cucumber, sardines. If that doesn't bring up the fish, the guide's son would dive into the water and catch the fishes by hand. That was something. It's like the fishes knew him. We caught a few that the guide later grilled for our lunch.
Lunch at the Motu Tapu was excellent. We had the whole motu (small island) to ourselves except for another couple. There were clean bathroom and bbq facilities. The guide's family had prepared poisson cru, cucumber salad, steaks, fragrance fried rice with ham, tuna steaks and fruits. Needless to say, we're stuffed. Lovely people, lovely place, paradise indeed.

                                                                                       Adorable sting rays

School of lagoon fishes at IC BB

Shark feeding tour

                                                  Blue jack- good eats                                                               


1 comment:

  1. Have you tried dumplings and roast ducks? They are the famous and traditional Beijing dieshes. And also bird's nest soup? Its a delicacy in China.

    Enjoy your days~~~