Livin’ it up in Bora Bora and the Monster Fish

We are loving it here!  We have been kayaking, sailing, diving, swimming, flying kites and just hanging out.  The scenery is breathtaking, the water is warm, clear and gorgeous and the soft sand we are anchored in is like a powder.  

Today we moved across the lagoon and anchored off the Sofitel Private Island Resort.  We set the anchor in sand on the edge of the shelf and dropped back into 10 feet of turquoise water.  The bungalows are literally a hundred yards away.  I can only imagine what the guests are paying for the same view as us!

We are having a blast here and we have no plans to leave in the next week or so.  I scheduled my first kitesurfing lessons for Monday.  Watching the kiteboarders flying across the bright turquoise lagoon  made the decision to take lessons very easy!  We’ll keep ya posted on the progress.

Yesterday Alyssa was cutting her nails over the side and she yelled to me that there was a huge fish under the boat.  I came up and looked over the side.  There was a huge Jack hiding in the shade under Ellie.  We are out of canned tuna and I couldn’t help myself so I went below and grabbed my spear gun.  I loaded it and waited for the monster to show himself.  Sure enough he did and I nailed him in the head.  We hauled him up and bled him out over the side.  Once we had the fish it was then time to positively identify it and try to figure out if there is Ciguatera poisoning in Bora Bora or not.  Ciguatera is a terrible toxin that is present in some reef-associated fish.  It accumulates in predatory fish (like Jacks) so it’s imperative that we verify the reef fish don’t have ciguatera here before we eat it.  We saw some locals out on the reef so we hauled our catch behind the dinghy and made our way over to them to ask.  They weren’t able to speak English but the take away was that it was a delicious fish and safe to eat.  We were satisfied and returned to Ellie to fillet it up.  Once back at the boat we were still a little hesitant to eat the Jack and the people seemed so friendly and also less fortunate.  We decided to gift them the fish.  It was big enough to feed the whole family for more than one meal.  The family was very grateful and we felt good about helping them out.

The fish was a monster.  Check out the pic below.

Hope everyone is having a great day.


Lewis & Alyssa

Piti uu Uta Island, Bora Bora, Leeward Islands, French Polynesia

16 32.344 S
151 43.494 W

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