Exotic Bora Bora
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We ate breakfast on the stern. I got talking to a guy who introduced himself as Brian and we discovered that we were both pilots as was his wife, Sandy. He flies for UA and owns a Baron. Sandy owns a C-180. When they heard I was from PA, they called over a man from their dinner table who’s also from PA. It turns out Otto is from near Philadelphia but has a cabin near our summer cottage! So here I am in Bora Bora, talking to a guy whose summer place is 12 miles from mine in the boondocks of PA! Try to top THAT "small world" story!
Bora Bora is very close to Raiatea but Princess had scheduled the Tahitian Princess to spend the evening at the dock in Uturoa and spend the morning doing “Tahaa Cruising", then crossing to Bora Bora.
I kept telling Linda that the afternoon would bring good weather and that by the time we were scheduled for our submarine ride, it would be beautiful. For some reason, she doubted me. She still doesn't believe in the power of positive thinking! We had to be on the dock by 1:50 for our Submarine experience at 2:00. By the time we boarded the tender, it had stopped raining and by the time we met the other four passengers and the man who would take us to the sub, it was starting to clear.
There were exactly one-point-two zillion fish including a number of black-tipped sharks and one 12 foot lemon shark. The sub was fitted with a feeding device and the fish had, of course, learned to follow closely! Alain said he had to stand up to release the food and that the fish were so accustomed to the feeding ritual that they knew what that meant.
After changing for dinner, we caught the tender at 6:30 into Vaitape so we could meet the others on the dock at 7:00 for dinner at Bloody Mary's. There were only two other passengers on the tender with us. Jesse, Pat, Chris and Christa arrived a few minutes after 7:00. They said Richard and Rita would also be joining us but had a late tour and would come along later.
Bloody Mary’s is a kick! The floor is sand and there’s a place to check your shoes at the door. The “menu” is a huge table covered with ice and fresh fish. There are also some “landlubber” options. Behind this table is the grill. You choose your appetizer and main course and it goes on the grill! For appetizers, I had Teriyaki Tuna Shish Kabob while Lin had Beef. As main courses, I had Seared Tuna and Lin had Mahi Mahi. The food was excellent and the service was fantastic. They really made us feel like we’d been coming there twice a week for years! We had a blast. Two things shocked me about the check.
We’d been told the tenders would run continuously until 8:30 and than one more tender would leave the dock at 11:00. Miss that and it’s the beach until 7:00 AM! We’d made arrangements for Le Truck to pick us up at Bloody Mary’s at 10:30 so we had a few minutes to walk on their dock and enjoy the spectacular stars before leaving for the dock. Headed straight for bed when we reached the ship.