Thursday, 26 September 2013
26.09.2013 - 26.09.2013
Started the day with a dose of sunrise photos as the ship approached the island of Bora Bora. We have a ship's excursion booked and we are scheduled to assemble in the Theatre at 0715, a perfect time for us but there were grumbles about an 'early' start.
Today is a tendered port and the trip to the jetty is the shortest we've experienced. The island is just beautiful with steep hills in the centre and a ring of smaller islands bordering the lagoon. The depth of water in the lagoon varies significantly and results in a great range of blue hues from the pale shallow waters to the dark blue deep water.
The vehicle for our tour is locally known as 'le truck' and is a cab-chassis of a 5 ton truck with simple RHS framed bench seats and simple 'plastic' windows which slide up and down. Simple and quite effective if a little rough. The tour followed the single road in a clockwise direction with small communities scattered along the way wherever there is sufficient flat land to build a house. The more exotic resorts are located on one or another of the surrounding islands with access only by boat. There are 25 lodging establishments listed with most of the big international names included.
There is a local airport constructed by the US Military during WW2, it being the sole international airport for the region until the role was taken over by the new airport on Tahiti. In the late 1960s most inter-island air traffic was by sea-planes that used the lagoon as the runway.
An interesting comment from our guide is that medical services are totally free and include treatment and the cost of ferry or air fares to a higher level of facility.
Back to the jetty where we wandered through the craft market and sampled some of the local foods offered by the local vendors. A short wait for a tender and we were back aboard by about 1130.
The temperature and humidity has increased all morning and it was a relief to be inside the vessel. After a simple lunch I started to record these words while Jenny caught up on some sleep after a restless night.
There were only four of us at dinner tonight. Barry reported that Barbara had been admitted to the on-board hospital for observation, her chest infection has got worse. With two sea days ahead it is to be hoped she'll be alright. George never comes to dinner when it is a port day and Marilyn and Jim had been out on a late excursion and decided on eating at the Horizon Court.
There appears to be a malfunction with our smoke alarm, it is indicating smoke and one of the security staff was in our cabin checking on it when we returned from dinner. Must be a constant problem as he just shrugged and said they would send a technician to replace it.
Made our way to the Vista Lounge for another crazy performance by the 'Awfully Good Theatrical Company'. They presented an entertaining 'radio' play full of puns, innuendos and melodramatic overacting.
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Cheers ... Tony