02.12.2015 - 02.12.2015 80 °F
This was our early morning approach to Bora Bora. A focus of the Serenity’s lecturers in the past few weeks has been early explorations of South Pacific islands, the history and the navigation methods. Once we even joined the astronaut Dr. Tom Jones in some star gazing. He pointed out the Southern Cross and other constellations. It was early morning (5:05am) and our main reason for being up on deck 13 in the dark was to watch the Space Station cross the sky in its orbit! Awesome!
The island was discovered by Captain James Cook more 200 years ago and luckily for him and for us, there is an opening in the reef that surrounds the island, wide enough so that we could sail in to safe anchorage.
Looking up at the ship from a tender
Most people come to Bora Bora to enjoy the beaches and water sports.
We made our way by taxi to the beautiful public beach to do a bit of snorkeling. This early in the morning we had the place to ourselves, just us …
…and the dog with the crooked tail!
We swam way out before we found live coral, but there it was with all the brilliant fish. Some time later rain started to blow in and we decided to return to our ship.
The island is only 17 miles around, and there is local transportation (“le truck” for five bucks. No surprise, they do accept American dollars!
An obligatory photo stop at famous “Bloody Mary’s” (remember the film “South Pacific” – if we had peeked inside we would have seen lots of guests and crew, mainly there for the Wifi! (Internet on the ship has been spotty to nonexistent.)
Back onboard and walking some laps – here you can see the ship’s spare anchor resting in the bow.
The skies cleared before we were to leave – lighting up the 2,000 foot peaks of Bora Bora.
A local sport – riding boat wakes in an outrigger canoe
Note: As we attempt to post this via email we have already had a day at sea and a skipped port since Bora Bora. Today we were supposed to anchor off of Rarotonga, Cook Islands, but the wave swells were too dangerous for the tenders and our captain has cancelled the port. Instead, we will arrive in 4 days’ time in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand (an added stop).