Our next stop was Bora Bora, which is tied with Fakarava as my favorite stop on our trip. We were here for a day and a half, which was the longest port stay of the trip. We arrived in the afternoon and anchored off Vaitape. On our first evening there, we took a sunset cruise on a catamaran and explored the lagoon. It was an incredible evening and a great way to explore the water.
First shot of Bora Bora from our balcony.
Reading and enjoying the view.
Pulling in to anchor.
Getting ready for our sunset sail.
Just slightly windy.
Overwater bungalow mansions. These were insane!
After our sunset sail, we ate dinner at the food trucks in Vaitape. We decided to split a HUGE portion of fish. It was quite delicious and we enjoyed spending a night off the boat!
Fancy food trucks with baskets of bread.
Huge portion of fish for dinner!
After dinner, we took a tender boat back to the ship and headed to bed to prepare for our early morning start to explore Bora Bora.
We woke up the next morning pretty early to grab the earliest tender boat and get to shore to explore. We rented a car (Fiat Panda) and drove around the entire island. Our first stop was Matira Beach, which we had entirely to ourselves. We were standing there enjoying the view when all of a sudden a stingray swam just inches from the shore. This was our first stingray spotting of the trip and it was such an awesome sight to see! I will never forget standing there and glancing down to see it!
Beach to ourselves.
Bungalows on the beach!
After a lengthy stop at Matira Beach we kept driving around the island. We stopped at various places to check out all of the views. We also had our first encounter with a land crab who was not overly pleased to see us!
Josh enjoying the view.
After we drove around the entire island, we went back to have lunch at a restaurant off Matira Beach. We had a great view of the beach, ocean, and stingrays!
Quite a view for lunch.
After lunch, we returned to Vaitape to return the car and meet up for our afternoon excursion of snorkeling. We spent quite the afternoon in the water. Our first stop was a coral garden where we saw a variety of fish, oysters, a huge stingray, and a blacktip reef shark. After that, we headed to our second stop to snorkel with stingrays and backtip reef sharks. It was shallow enough for us to stand the entire time as they swam around us. It was a surreal experience!
Oyster in the coral garden.
Such clear water.
Love the blue of the water in this picture.
After our tour was over, we headed back to catch a tender boat back to the ship and just enjoyed room service after a long, fantastic day!