It rained last night and I thought today would be a wet one. However, by the time we pulled into Bora Bora the sun was out and the heat and humidity up.
Because everyone in our party were using the morning to shop ,(my favorite pastime…not), we met for breakfast at 8 am at the Grand dining room. After a leisurely breakfast we went into town in search of bargains on black pearls and vanilla beans. I’m sure there were bargains to be had but not within my price range. We walked from one end of town to the other scoping out the various fruit and trying to find some little thing for our nine grandchildren.
Bora Bora is a tender stop where one must take a boat to and from the ship, We had excursions which started around 2:30 so we returned to the ship in time to have lunch and freshen up. We ate at the Waves Grill where you can order made to order burgers and sandwiches, as well as salads. There is also an old-fashioned ice cream stand!
After lunch it was time to take the tender back to the island. There we boarded our “Le Truck” (really a bus on the frame of a flat-bed truck) tour. It was much like the tour we took in Raiatea but in a larger scale.
We began in town stopping first at a beach.
When people s relatives die they are buried in a relatives yard. This is not only done because there are few cemeteries but also so that it is easier to visit the graves of the relative.
After a short drive we came to vendors selling sarong and souvenirs. There was an interesting group of musicians playing Polynesian music.
Continuing down the road, we came to another open-air temple.
Farther down the road, our guide pointed out two interesting sights. The first, is a cave high on a rocks face that was carved from the stone by ancient people. The second was how a hermit crab can be lured from their holes with flowers.
Over time Bora Bora has had many famous resorts such as Club Med. They all thrived until economic hard times hit and many, included Club Med failed and have not recovered.
The resorts which still thrive are located on private islands and cost as much as $5,000-$10,000 a day to rent. For $500 a day, per person’ for a pas that allows one can use the resort facilities and includes some food and transportation to and from the island.
On the way to our last stop, we passed a copra processing facility. These are raised platforms which are used to sort and turn the raw coconut so it will dry for sale to the processing houses. After the coconut is turned the platform is covered, it will not be rained onto.
Our last stop before arriving at our tendering point was Bloody Mary’s , the oldest continuing operated bar on Bora Bora. It has been frequented by too many celebrities to mention. Across the road was a white sand beach and pier.
Tendering back to our ship we got another view of the tall ship Windjammer cruise ship.
Tonight we ate in the Grand dining room all decked out for Marti Graw. It so happens that we appear to be the only party goers! At the table from left to right: Tinker, Vidal, Babs, myself, Frank, and Kitty.
Dinner tonight was good. Babs crusted Cornish hen was judged to be the best entree and my tenderloin of beef second best!
Tomorrow we will still enjoy Bora Bora!
Babs Says: Went to Bloody Mary’s today, but I’m sure they will not be writing my name on the celebrity wood board. (Especially since I took several pieces of ice from their table to help cool off)