“Beware the Ides of March!”….but only because we are, YET AGAIN, going to post photos of stunning Bora Bora. Yes, you must tolerate photos of the reef enclosed by the atoll that is Bora Bora. Be glad that it isn’t 1970, with us inviting you to “see our 7,550 slides from the South Pacific!” This is our fifth visit here, and once again we rented a scooter for four hours, used it for two hours, and took about 150 photos. We are giving you only the finest ones, of course. Even though we jumped off the scooter every few hundred yards for more photos, we were still saddle sore after two hours. And we won’t even talk about “helmet hair!” But even though the scooter was only 50ccs and its top speed was about 40 mph, we usually went slower than that but still had a lovely breeze on us all day long. Traffic was light, and the ring road is narrow. You can see a section of the road in one of the photos below and can judge for yourself.
Much like the US and Australia, Bora Bora was a prison island, a place of exile for thieves and other wrongdoers. But….be careful where you punish people! The outcasts eventually became pirates, attacking the surrounding islands. In the Tahitian language, Bora Bora’s original name, Pora Pora, meant “firstborn,” as it was the first of the Polynesian islands to emerge from the ocean. The main island, which is where we go ashore, is a ring-shaped atoll with mountains on the inside and a ring of ocean, reef, and smaller islands rounding out the circle on the outside. It is warm, humid, sticky, and stunning – a very happy place. We talk constantly about how grateful we are for this life of travel. It has truly opened up our minds and hearts to the world.
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