120 islands spread over 5 archipelagos..
We would like to spend more time here in French Polynesia but we need to head south for the crossing back to New Zealand in November.
We arrived in Tahiti from the Tuamotus on the 26th of August and spent a week in the Papeete marina where we welcomed Ralph's wife Colleen aboard. She flew in from NZ to meet Ralph after his long voyage with us from Panama since the end of May
Entering the passage between the reefs..
On the left upper part of the photo you can see the motu (small island) and us anchored....
The reef surf and subsequent spray as we approached the pass into Bora Bora lagoon were spectacular but hazy for good photos.
The next day we headed in the dinghy down the lagoon to look at the stilted hotels projecting out across the bay. It would not normally be an anchorage we would choose preferring solitude instead but we needed to careen (clean the bottom of the boat) of weed and slime and this site with shallow water, white sand and good visibility was ideal so we upanchored and headed for the exquisite little bay.
Goodbye French Polynesia......We shall miss you