Day 19

We arrived in Bora Bora this morning. Our excursion was a 10:30 Catamaran and Snorkeling 3-hour cruise, so we had some leisure time for coffee and muffin in the Internet Café where I caught up with our news to you all. We tendered to the island to meet our catamaran. We leisurely sailed around one of the Motu islands where we saw the resort with the classic over-the-water bungalows that look so exotic in the South Pacific advertising. What a sight! A passing shower intercepted us and added a new delight to the cruise. It was over in a few minutes and the sun returned.

We dropped anchor off the southern point of the large island and donned our snorkeling gear and proceeded down the stairs into the 84-degree water. Pat and I floated around for at least an hour and saw yellow fish, blue fish, yellow and black striped fish, orange fish, rainbow colored fish; lots of fish all around the coral reef.

On the ride back, the crew served us rum punch and snacks and they went slowly so we could enjoy the scenery and the service. Mac ventured out onto the forward netting suspended between the two front bows to rest. They call that area, the trampoline. Back on land, we had time to walk about the main street and shops looking for little souvenirs. These islands are famous for their black pearls. Many people were checking them out in the shops.

We tendered back to the ship in time for a little snack and got in some internet time before going up to Deck 11 to watch us leave Bora Bora. We had dinner at the Italian specialty restaurant Sette Mare and moved onto the theater fortonight’s entertainment.

Bruce Gold performed his “Humor and Hocus Pocus” magic comedy act. Some of the illusions were quite impressive. He, of course, had several audience volunteers assist him. They all were good sports.

We now have 2 sea days before we arrive in Pago Pago, American Samoa. One thing that you realize on these sea days is how massive the ocean is. We sail for days without sight of land or other ships. We really are alone out here in this vast ocean.

Yours in travel,

Pat & Mac