Arrived in Bora Bora !!!
14 September 2015
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We arrived in Bora Bora yesterday after a fantastic downwind spinnaker run of about 3 ½ hours. We were visited by two different pods of Humpbacks. One pair by the southwest corner of Maupiti and the second pair about half way between Maupiti and Bora. Both pairs were quite close to North Star, but the second pair appeared to either sleeping or sunning themselves on the surface. They weren't moving at first they were just floating on the surface. We didn't actually see them till were very close to them.
We had a great week or so in Maupiti. They call it little Bora and say it is like Bora was 50 years ago before the huge influx of cruise ships and tourists to Bora. Diving with the manta rays in Maupiti was something special. It was also great to hang out with Tony and Gail, from Cetacea, while we there. We were glad they finally got some cruising in this year after being stuck in the marina while rebuilding their engine.
Many people say that the pass at Maupiti is to dangerous to attempt entry and exit. Well, we chose our times carefully, when winds and seas were down and the entry was quite easy and uneventful. Some of the local charter guides say to only try it when winds are less than 20 knots and seas less than 2 meters and I would agree that is a good criteria. For both North Star and Cetacea, the transits through the pass were uneventful.
Well, as we begin to explore Bora Bora, I'll direct you to check out the photos Kim just posted of Maupiti in our photo gallery link to the right. Enjoy...