Lindsay and I are trying to find a way to distract ourselves from the fact that it is our last full day on the boat so the day is packed full of activities. We get a tip that the motu we spent the night anchored near is a private island owned by the Hilton. If we go before breakfast we could have the island all to ourselves so that is exactly what we do We can easily walk around the entire thing taking in the surrounds and looking for any shells without a tiny crab in residence.
sneaking on to Hiltons island
our own private island
dock on the private island
We swim back to the boat for lunch and head to town for just about the only shopping we do other than the pearl farm. We don't have much time and most of the shops aren't even open yet when we get there but somehow I managed to spend a few XPF
world arc boats
shopping in Bora Bora
rentals in bora bora
map in town
church in Bora Bora
Our next unbelievable experience is to dinghy to the lagoonarium which is on a private island. It has sharks, turtles, rays, etc fenced in and we can swim with the sharks. Apparently there are not many sea turtles in French Polynesia because people still eat them! I don't even know how many hours we spend working up our appetite swimming with lemon and reef tip sharks.
black tipped reef sharks
he is asking for it
lemon shark and black tipped reef shark
shark in the shallows
sharks lined up to go somewhere
these fish are doomed
Lunch is pasta salad with salmon and then off to snorkel again. We have bread from lunch to attract the fish and they seem used to this and are very curious about us. Down at the bottom someone has arranged a sign in coral and it is actually quite hard to get your picture taken with it
they think they can eat the camera
they want to know if i have food
sign in corals
swimming with the fish
feeding fish again
Chris and the camera
Later we find out that the restaurant we were trying to go to Bloody Mary's is full so Fabreese tries to improve our bad moods with the possibility of snorkeling with manta rays. We head to a coral wall where they are known to come for there daily cleaning. As we drift along we see the ONLY wild turtle of the entire trip and it doesn't spend much time hanging around before swimming off. In the end we do see about 4-5 of the giant mantas and they are just gorgeous. We quickly forget our dinner plans for the moment.
the only turtle I saw in the wild
Eventually we settle on The Lucky for dinner which serves pizza and is just what we needed that day. Well, for most of us anyway. Lindsay has a really hard time getting a drink and they never do get there dessert. Getting back to the boat is another adventure as Curt falls in to the water between the dinghy and catamaran. He gives us a good laugh after we find out he is okay and his glasses are retrieved from the ocean floor.
beautiful hotel rooms
Bora Bora from the boat
Bora Bora landscape
the Lucky house