Wednesday, July 6, 2011

4th of July in Bora Bora

We had a very active, yet quick passage from Tahiti to Bora Bora.  The winds were 20-25 knots mostly on our stern quarter with 10-15 foot swells.  Since it was almost from behind, we weren't too uncomfortable but I have to say I was glad when we arrived.  We averaged 7-8 knots and made the 160 miles in good time.

And what a beautiful place it is.  I've heard from a lot of cruisers that they didn't care for Bora Bora, that it was too commercialized.  After seeing it, I'm beginning to think we cruisers are more than a bit spoiled.  How anyone can pull in here and not think it's gorgeous is beyond me.  We picked up a mooring ball at the Tahiti Yacht club for $2000 francs.  Every night after that is only $1000 francs so it's not that bad.  The yacht club went through some rough times the past few years with a cyclone that came through so they're in the process of rebuilding.  It looks like it's going to be very nice though.  We were able to get a few drinks and enjoy ourselves on their dock.

Today we're heading over to a free mooring of the infamous (or famous, not sure) Bloody Mary's Restaurant.  Our understanding is that you can stay there (short term) free if you buy a few drinks or have a meal there.  There appears to be a pretty good snorkeling spot a dinghy ride away so that's our plan for today.

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July and ate tons of barbque and potato salad!  And now I'm sure you're enjoying your day back at work...

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