Bye Bye Bora Bora – Onward to Aukland

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The theme of our final day in Bora Bora yesterday was ocean!
We swam, snorkeled, kayaked and generally enjoyed the multitude of turquoise and blue hues.

Over breakfast yesterday we met a lovely lady who had traveled the world and never goes anywhere more than once. She had always wanted to see the blues of Bora Bora and says there is nothing else like them. Good to know.

We bought a carved Marlin tusk from a local artist with the help of the gift shop manager Hilsa. The artist is her friend and buying direct was a real deal compared to the art galleries in town. She delivered it by jet ski on her day off yesterday. She’s coming to Seattle in August. Hopefully, we will get to see her again

For dinner we took the boat shuttle and then the bus to the St. James restaurant which had been recommended by a couple of people. The setting was lovely, the food was presented beautifully and tasted delicious. We ate under the stars and over the water. The water was lit and we were treated to swarms of fish that were attracted to the light and even a manta ray.

Today we cross the international date line to tomorrow. It’s strangely exciting as we continue on our adventure. This morning I woke up, packed us up (everything still fits back into the suitcases as planned). Then I went for my last swim here. What a luxury to swim laps in front of our bungalow to a coral reef and back.

Soon we will check out. We leave here by boat at 11:20 for an 12:20 flight back to the main island of Tahiti where we’ll catch the 6 hour flight to Aukland that leaves at 5pm. Seems a bit tight, but they have clearly done this before.

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Bora Bora: Simple and beautiful.

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Maururu: It’s sort if like Shalom or Aloha.
Iaorana: Good morning and thank you.
Nana: good bye

We were really lazy yesterday. We did go into town. It’s great if you want to buy Pearls. But, not much else.

We did meet the coral gardener a Francesca and Tony. They have been working on our beautiful coral for 10 years. They harvest sick coral from the reefs and put it in the forms. Then as the coral heals and thrives the fish come.

We did go to Bloody Mary’s the popular watering whole for a late lunch/linner but discovered they don’t do that there. So we had some small appetizers and yummy drinks.

Today, we go diving!

After breakfast today we went for a snorkel orotund our lovely  coral garden. The song “I like to be under the sea in an Octopuses garden . . . (in the sun, in Bora Bora).

Here is a fun photo of some of the shells. Great color.image

Francesca and Tony

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First Stop Tahiti

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Today we begin our South Pacific Adventure. This trip has been 7 years in the making. It was supposed to be Jim’s 50th birthday adventure, but it was not to be. Life, family, work and finances got in the way.

To avoid the long flights we’ve added stops in Tahiti the way out and The Cook Islands on the way back.

We’ve read, planned, gotten advice and packed light.

Our trip began with a joyful escort to the airport by Jasmine and James. I experienced wonderful flashback memories of taking my Grandparents, Naomi and Saul to the airport during their travel phase of life. It makes me smile with warm memories.

We will miss James so much. He will be quite the toddler when we return in 6 weeks. We’ve been lucky enough to catch him starting to walk and trying to talk (although we haven’t learned his language yet)! He’s pretty darn good at sign language though.

After a few days in Tahiti we head to New Zealand, then Australia and finally the Cook Islands. We plan to hike, scuba dive and enjoy all the adventures this part of the world has to offer.

We leave knowing that Dick’s is in the capable hands of Walt and Jasmine and Cre8ive Empowerment is going to thrive and grow under Saul and Jess.

We can’t wait to share our True Love Adventures: South Pacific Style with all of you. We hope you enjoy the blog posts!

Arrived and in our dream room over the water!
I always thought this would be cool and it really is. The Pearl in Bora Bora is truly lovely. The view and architecture is beautiful and we are floating over coral nurseries that are growing like flower gardens. It really is enchanting and certainly feeds the soul of this Pisces. I get to be one with the warm salt water and the beautiful fish!

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