Here we are: Bora Bora, the pearl of the Pacific. One of these mythical paradise names we always dreamed of sailing to. And we have to admit: it is rather wonderful to be here… Especially as it is blowing a hoolie outside! We are stuck here for at least another week until the weather calms down and we can set sail for Tonga.
On arrival from Tahaa we spend a few days at the anchorage near the Bora Bora Yacht Club and then decide to head south. We have to go around the northern end of the island to reach the south, as the southern tip of the lagoon is too shallow to cross. It’s eyeball navigation as the charts are very inaccurate and we have to dodge several reefs and bommies as we work our way around the lagoon. We anchor behind a motu, to find shelter from the strong winds. The next morning we dinghy over to a recommended snorkelling spot and we also say hello to our friends from Nelly Rose who are anchored a mile further south. We discover a much quieter anchorage area behind the Sofitel private island motu and check the depth and channel location by dinghy. It will be touch and go as the depth of the channel to get into that side of the lagoon is no more than 2 metres in places and very narrow with reefs everywhere. But we manage and it is so worth it to be here: beautiful calm water, great snorkelling and access to several hotels. We manage to pick up free wifi that works (which is totally unheard of!) and go for happy hour drinks at the intercontinental hotel. We literally get welcomed onto the beach by the staff. We leave our dinghy on the silky sand and head over to the beautiful beachfront bar. The kids are given towels for the tropical swimming pool and we are handed the happy hour cocktail menu. We are in heaven!