Is This Fun Or What?
25 September 2009 | Bora Bora Yacht Club, 16 29.48'S:151 45.62'W
Our planned anchorage at the south end of Raiatea a few days ago didn't end up being a safe option due to the wind direction. Fortunately we had arrived there mid-day so we had time to work our way up the west coast looking for a better option. All the anchorages we looked at had very gusty winds dropping down over the peaks so we opted for a buoy back at the Taravana Yacht Club on Tahaa again for one night.
In the morning, we headed off to Bora Bora which we could clearly see to the west. The wind was directly out of the east so we had a nice run at about 7 knots across. By 1:00 we were secured to a buoy in front of the yacht club. Moorage here for a week is $60.00. That's unbelievable. They have free showers, pay by the load washers and dryers, internet service, 3 nice dogs to play with, bicycles to rent and a nice bar and restaurant. It seems to be a popular stopping off spot so we've seen several boats we've met in other places along the way.
The weather is darn hot and muggy. We were just discussing how lucky we've been to have quite pleasant temperatures and bingo...look what we get. We seem to get a downpour at least once every 24 hours. I think we've finally learned to close the ports and hatches when we leave the boat. It's so nice to keep some air circulating, but a soaked mattress when you come home isn't worth it.
Yesterday we rented bicycles for 4 hours. Bora Bora is good for that since there's only one long hill. We rode about 1/2 way around the island before my bike got a flat back tire. We stood by the side of the road until a boy pedaled by and looked with interest at what we were up to. We gave him the charades performance of 'we need a pump' and he was home and back in no time.
Our expectations of what Bora Bora would be like have been pleasantly wrong. The tourists and resorts are neatly tucked away (you can't fathom how many little bungalows sprawl along the island and motus). The locals are very friendly (not too jaded by the tourism) and the island is as beautiful as you see in all the pictures. We stopped at a few galleries, looked at the art and visited with the owners, had lunch at a cute little roulotte along the way and made it home before my legs were toast.
While we sat in the shade at the club several friends stopped to join us. By the time sundowner time arrived there were 10 of us from around the world who had met one another somewhere between Panama and here. Most everyone is headed for New Zealand via the Cook Islands and Tonga so we're bound to meet up again.
Today we circumnavigated the island in the dinghy. Stopped a couple times to do some snorkeling but generally just enjoyed the scenery. When the laundry's done, we're dinghying over to have dinner with our friends on board 'Shelette'. They have a Wahoo to put on the grill and we're bringing a citrus cheesecake we baked yesterday. Yummmm! They have new tatoos to show and I'm wearing my pearls.
Is this fun, or what?