Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Landfall Bora Bora

So we were sailing nearby, and decided we had to stop at Skull Island, I mean Bora Bora.

Bora Bora is the archetypal pacific island with a central volcanic peak, fringing reef, and an enormous lagoon with water in a myriad shades of blue and green.  So here we are.

We had a nice 20 hour sail in very light winds to get here; and from here we will take off into the big blue again for our next big jump of over 1000 miles.  Still working out the itinerary there.

Here are some pictures!

Approaching Bora Bora after a shower.

A wonderful anchorage on the previous island.

The kids after swimming, and before bed.

Laundry at Bora Bora... a beautiful place.

Sunset last night.

Life in Polynesia is not complete without a constant stream of paddlers in outrigger canoes.

I haven't seen the Green Flash for many many years, but last night we had a lovely treat.  And to make it even better I was able to photograph the flash.  Carrie and Griffyn were in deck watching too, and were duly impressed.  Anyway... enjoy. Note - the flash was really green, and appears so at full resolution, but when I compressed the photo for posting it lost some color saturation - sorry Paul ;-)

So we really like Bora Bora.  It's pretty commercialized compared to many places, but is so beautiful, and on such a modest scale, that the pluses far outweigh the negatives.  We will be here a few more days before we strike out towards the Kingdom of Tonga.

Carrie is going to add another entry soon !

1 comment:

SV Jeorgia said...

OK is it just my eyes or my monitor, but I don't see any green in those flash photos. Maybe you could do a little Photoshop to make it more obvious to us gringos.

Fair winds