First light after our first night on the National Geographic Orion: sighting Bora Bora in the misty dawn. To me, Bora Bora was more mythical than real. I loved our visit there on the morning of May 11, the first day of our cruise through French Polynesia. As a beginning post about this one-week trip, I'm going to post a fairly large number of photos, and describe some of the things we saw.
|In the morning mist: Bora Bora's Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu.|
|Every trip from the Orion begins with a crossing on these Zodiac boats.|
|At the dock, I was a bit surprised to find several murals painted on the walls of nearby buildings.|
|Also painted with local designs: a sightseeing boat.|
|We stopped to see a display and demonstration of dyeing textiles.|
|The waters here are very calm because Bora Bora is a volcanic island with|
a protective fringing reef, thus being inside a very calm lagoon. The storage
of boats is on hanging frames, which defeat the ship worms that eat wood.
|Our bus was decorated with a variety of flowers, especially hibiscus.|
We stopped at an open area full of holes in which little land crabs live.
If you throw down the flowers, the crabs come and drag them into their holes.
|As we bounced around the island in "Le Truck" we saw many homes, shops, and churches such as this schoolyard |
next to a a church.
After our beautiful morning touring in Bora Bora, we returned to the Orion for lunch. The afternoon was our first opportunity to go snorkeling on a small private island in the lagoon. We had a very rich and fascinating experience, which I'll be documenting more in additional blog posts.