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Around the World in 106 Days with Ray & Claire!! Part 28 – Bora Bora. Similar to the other islands in this area, it was formed by an underwater volcano erupting. The larva from the volcano formed a huge conical pile in the sea which, when the eruption ceased, started to cool down.
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Ray & Claire!!
Part 28 – Bora Bora
Coral then began to grow at the outer edges of this cone owing to the ideal conditions of warmth, saline, and the minerals from the extinct volcano
Over thousands of years the cone of the volcano gradually diminished and you are left with a coral reefed island.
Incidentally (as you will see from the next slide) where fresh water flows from the island into the sea, no coral will grow
Looking at the shape of Bora Bora, we see that this is not one island, but a volcanic crater ring with a central island in the middle
Looking at this map on the left, you can clearly see an opening in the reef where a fresh water river flows into the sea and where no coral can grow.
This was the only opening where the Black Watch could get close enough to the shore at Vaitape and as there is no proper Port here, we had to anchor in the lagoon and use two of the lifeboat tenders to get us ashore
As this island is so beautiful, it has become a luxury resort for the very rich with “lodges” (i.e. little offshore thatched houses) costing anything up to £1000 per night
The airport does not have a landing strip long enough for international flights, so the connection with Papeete in Tahiti is an important one to get people to these luxury resorts
The only real income here apart from tourism and black pearls, is coconuts and in the background you can see the atoll of Tupai, which has no permanent residents other than those workers who are there tending the coconut plantation on the island
Isn't it about time you had a haircut Ray?!
....even if you are half bald already?!
As previously mentioned, we had to anchor offshore and use the Lifeboat Tenders to get to the island
“thanks Cat – we will!”
“All aboard ? Then lets go!”
(Although the prices were far cheaper that we are led to expect them to be in Tahiti – these “black pearls” were aimed at the affluent holidaymakers (who rent the sea villas) and cost mega-bucks
Our friendly cameramen (Jackson and Brendon) are there already to video our visit
A copy of the full video of this trip will be available for viewing at Riddiford. (If you have a few hours to spare!)
There were a couple of 4 Wheel Drive off-road trips into the mountains but Raymond whimped out of one of these (cos’ of his back) and we opted for a snorkelling trip
Even though the water looks lovely, one still had to be careful when walking along the beach and/or swimming as although there are not a lot of stinging jellyfish here, you still have to watch that you don’t step on any sea urchins or stingrays in the water
This was “Le Truck” the local Tour Bus
Mount Otemanu makes a lovely backdrop
As the adveragecost of just hiring one of these sea villas was £1000 a night, we don't think that we will even bother to ask how much one would cost to purchase!.
Its not as warm as it was in the Red Sea I can tell you!”
“...and I think there is something swimming round my legs!!”
We also learnt that “Coconut Milk” is not the juice inside the coconut, but the squeezed white of the coconut
I think not!”
...and although the guard dog is asleep, we cant even purchase some Bread Fruit as we are not allowed to bring them back on board Ship
...and then as usual, we had to Buckle Up and prepare for our next Port of Call at Tahiti