Bora Bora - it really is paradise

Snorkeling with rays is one of Bora Bora’s unique attractions.

Boats are the only transportation from the Bora Bora airport to hotels.

Swimming with eagle rays is thrilling.

We swam with sharks in a deep channel.

Paddle boarding in the lagoon is very serene.

Bungalows in Bora Bora typically offer private plunge pools or are overwater.

The lagoon-style pool at the Pearl Beach Resort goes on  and on.

The lagoon has so many multicolored fish that snorkelers can’t help but see them.

The water color varies from beautiful shades of sea foam green to aquamarine blue.

Our captain, Wen, took us for a swim in shallow waters with stingrays.

We decided to return to Bora Bora because a previous stop of only one day a couple of years ago had whetted our appetite for more paradise. Our catamaran week included two days of activities in Bora Bora, but we wanted even more time, so we booked four nights at the Pearl Beach resort. Several of our boat companions also extended their stays with nights at other resorts on the island. We weren’t disappointed with our longer visit because so much natural beauty doesn’t get old. With the Dream Yacht Charter we had stopped at a private island for a barbecue, made several snorkeling stops and swam with reef sharks in a deep channel as well as meeting stingrays in shallow water. After the yacht cruise ended, we booked a half-day snorkel adventure trip with Pure Snorkeling to try and see the manta rays again.  We were thrilled to be swimming with the giants in very clear water.

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