Saturday, August 13, 2011

Bora Bora - the "Pearl of the Pacific"

It is hard to believe, but we have been in Bora Bora for over a week - all ready!
Enjoying Bora Bora
The first 3 nights, we grabbed a free mooring ball off of the famous Bloody Mary's restaurant and had to check it out!

Bloody Mary's

The restaurant has been around over 30 years and lots of famous folks have eaten here.  Their wall of fame includes Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Phil Jackson, Cameron Diaz, and hundreds more.  I know you will never see our names on the wall, but we enjoyed ourselves.
Cheese Burgers in Paradise!
For cruisers, the best value is lunch time (cruisers are cheap!).  We had the best bacon cheeseburger (and fries) that we have had for a very long time.  Crews from Loose Pointer and Evergreen joined us - no leftovers to be found for sure.

A different Tiki!

We have been exploring the town of Vaitape - it is a small town, but lots of good shopping.  Of course, the tourist shops are much more expensive than Tahiti.  Still fun to browse...

Our anchorage - Toopua
Next, we motored over to the west side of the island of Toopua and settled in.  Toopua is part of the old volcano of Bora Bora.  The crater now forms the bay between Toopua and the main island of Bora Bora.  What a beautiful anchorage - we have been here 5 nights and might stay a few more!

As you can see, the water is amazingly clear and warm.  Just feels wonderful to jump in!  We tried to catch some fish around the anchorage - no luck, but we will keep trying.

Bora Bora Nui Hotel
We ran into some of our Puddle Jump friends on Hadar while exploring.  They had kidnapped (just kidding) some honeymooners from Colorado who were nice enough to invite us to their Tiki Hut at the Bora Bora Nui hotel.  What a place - I would have loved to jump in that big beautiful bathtub and soak for hours - luxury!

Dinghy ride
We have been doing some snorkeling, and swimming (PE Class), and lots of relaxing, plus have been puttering around with the dinghy checking out the sites.  Bora Bora really is beautiful.  There are several Tiki Hut type hotels, the Paul Gaugin cruise ship stops here, and there are lots of tourist activities, but it is still not crowded. Amazing!

Dennis sailing his dink

Today is my 54th birthday - what a wonderful place to celebrate.  Lunch at Bloody Mary's and then Carol (Evergreen) is making me a German-chocolate cake (my absolute favorite). 

All I am missing is You!

Maybe tomorrow... we will start sailing around the back side of Bora Bora.  Looking forward to it.

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