We sailed to Bora Bora a few days ago and have been exploring the island and finding the most idyllic anchorage. The first night we anchored in the lee of a small motu in the SW corner of the island in about 15′ of clear water. The next day we sailed to the main town of Vaitape to check out the Heiva celebrations which were pretty cool. They set up a whole palm-thatch village with restaurants, bars, dance stadium, etc. We had lunch surrounded by tropical plants and flowers inside one of the tiki huts which was pretty cool. Our night spent anchored off the town was loud and rolly from all the wakes and I was worried about theft. There has been a lot of theft from cruising boats so I locked up everything really well.
The next day we sailed around the island and picked our way through tight coral patches and over shallow reefs to anchor between the over-water bungalows of the St. Regis and Le Meridien hotels. We thought it was pretty awesome to be anchored next to people who are paying a thousand dollars a night for the same view as us!
There were just too many boat wakes off the hotels so we moved south the next day. We carefully navigated through tight coral patches with only 4 feet of water under our keel in some spots!
We are now anchored in the SE corner of Bora Bora in 7 feet of the clearest water we’ve ever seen. This spot is right out of the pages of National Geographic. We set the anchor hard and we plan to stay a while. I’m tackling some projects like rebedding chain plates and Lyss is fixing bug screens and sewing some canvas. The work starts late and ends early. Of course there are the obvious distractions like jumping in to cool off.
Here are some pics. The sunsets over Bora Bora have been breathtaking.
Lewis & Alyssa
Motu Taurare, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands, French Polynesia