Sunday, December 22, 2019

Holiday Cruise IX

Greetings from Bora Bora,

We are now officially in paradise.  Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean.   The island is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef.  In the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano, rising in two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point is a mere 2,385 feet thanks to years of erosion.  Still, the castle-like Mount Otemanu pierces the sky and lush tropical slopes and valleys blossom with hibiscus, while palm-covered motu (small islands) circle the illuminated lagoon like a delicate necklace. 

The island was first inhabited by Polynesian settlers around the 4th Century.  The first European sighting was made by Jacob Roggeveen in 1722.  Captain James Cook sighted the island in 1770 and landed that same year.  The island is absolutely gorgeous, lush and is known for its resort hotels, whose individual units are built out over the crystal clear water and have portions of their floors made of glass.  Try $ 2000.00 – $3,000.00 per night.  Ouch!

We went on a snorkeling safari out to a Coral Garden and a shallow place where we snorkeled with huge Manta Rays and black-tipped reef sharks.  Hope you enjoy the photos.  I will send in a couple of different posts.

Tomorrow on to Moorea at latitude 17° 32.43’ S and longitude 139°47.39’ W.

God Bless you all,

Jud and Vicki

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