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Raiatea, Tahaa and Bora Bora
The two islands of Raiatea and Tahaa are surrounded by fringing reef and one can cruise round these two beautiful islands without having to leave the reef’s protection.  We arrived through a gap in the reef on the SE side of Raiatea after spending a couple of days in Huahine.  Raiatea and Tahaa are very picturesque, unspoilt, verdant islands French Polynesia and although Raiatea is the base for charter yachts in Polynesia it was possible to find stunning anchorages away from other boats.
Bora Bora was a real disappointment.  We found it awfully built-up and commercialised, geared towards relieving tourists of their cash and areas that would have been picture postcard perfect have been ruined by beach hotels.  Habitats for many fish species including large manta rays have been destroyed in the process.  We changed the boat’s batteries in Bora Bora and spent a few lovely days in an anchorage tucked away from the bustle ashore.  Here we also said a very sad goodbye to Eric and Jeniya on Meta, they had become very good friends since we met them in Cartagena.
Date(s): August 2007. Album by Gerard Coulson. Photos by Gerard Coulson. 1 - 26 of 26 Total. 8203 Visits.
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En route to Raiatea

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Exploring up one of the island's rivers

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Jonty tries a coconut

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Sailing inside the reef on Raiatea, Bora Bora on the horizon

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A local church on the water's edge, Raiatea

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Approaching Bora Bora

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The skipper enjoys a moment on deck

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Tom looks out on Bora Bora

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Jonty on deck

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On of the many beach hotels on Bora Bora

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Eric from Meta

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Eric and Jeniya

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Our last farewell, we wonder if we will ever see them again

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Looking over the summit of Bora Bora

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Winding our way through the narrow reef strewn channels as we leave Bora Bora

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One of the Bora Bora anchorages

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We anchored here for a couple of days

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Tom keeps an eye out in the channel

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Leaving Bora Bora

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Bora Bora sinks below the horizon astern

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