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Bora Bora

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I had heard of Bora Bora as a ritzy expensive honeymoon location, but in my ignorance I had assumed it was a part of Tahiti and not its own island (or more precisely group of islands) in French Polynesia.  The expensive hotels are on their own little “motu” (smaller island) and the rest of the island is not fancy or well to do.  Just happy relaxed people living regular lives in the middle of paradise.  Our ship anchored in a bay just off the shore for two nights in this dreamy aquamarine water.

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On our first day, Mike had rented a private boat for all 14 of us to go on an adventure together.  It was lovely.  We stopped at 5 different unique snorkel spots-one where we saw beautiful fish and eagle rays, another stop for stingrays and black tipped reef sharks, yet another for eels and manta rays (those are amazing!), one to see the “wall” of the reef with oodles of black tipped sharks and lemon sharks (I had to get out of the water after about 10 minutes as I could not get over the mental game of having dozens of sharks surround me), and a quiet spot all to ourselves on our own private motu.  They fed us delicious local fair and taught us how to peel a coconut.  We lounged, swam, ate, and relaxed.  It was a delightful day.  When we got back to the island we rented scooters and did a quick spin around the loop before returning to our amazing boat which is a steal compared to the nightly rates at the posh hotels on the Motu of Bora Bora.  We are loving being spoiled…………IMG_0664

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The next day we headed back to Bora Bora with Matt and Missy, jumped back on our scooters and road to a beautiful beach where we met up with our Paddleboard instructor for the morning.  We had such a fun time paddling in the incredible tropical blue clear water over fish, rays and sharks.  Taking advantage of the current, we paddled in the direction of least resistance.  After “surfing” behind the boat on the paddleboards and paddling all over the Lagoon we jumped into the boat and relaxed as we speed back “upstream”.  That afternoon I chickened out on the scuba experience and went to the spa with some of the girls for massages.  The boys LOVED the scuba, especially Mike, and only complained that it wasn’t longer.

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As a special treat, the boat had rented out a local island for an amazing native barbecue and Tahitian Show that evening.  Beautiful.

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