Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Family Swim and back to town.

Hello!

Today was the day to leave our beautiful anchorage in the NE side of the lagoon at Bora Bora, but just as we were about to go, we decided that we could delay for a short while. Victoria had already gone swimming when we had friends come by in their dinghy, and before we knew it, we were all swimming in the turquoise water.

Victoria, Johnathan, and Max had great fun out-doing each other with cannon balls, pencil dives, and various other means of flinging themselves from Fluenta into the water (with or without the GoPro capturing it all). Benjamin and I hung out on our floating chair (tethered by a 20 foot line, as it turned out that there was quite a current flowing by Fluenta, and I didn't want to make an unexpected trip to the nearby resort!) taking it all in. The water was shallow (14 feet or so - the kids dove to the bottom and came up with sand in their hands as proof of their descent) and warm (even Benjamin was happy and comfortable - ok, maybe that is not a good measure: even I was happy and comfortable!) and it really was hard to get back aboard for the transit around the lagoon. We had planned to leave our anchorage at 1100 so we would have lots of time in hand and lots of sunlight to come through the coral fields; as it turned out, we still had lots of time when we left at noon, and we were able to give our kids (and ourselves) a precious memory of a family swim in a spectacularly beautiful place. Max and I are generally pretty no-nonsense when it comes to the scheduling of boat movements, so it was nice to see that perhaps this cruising lifestyle is starting to rub off on us after all :)

Now that we are back in front of the Mai Kai, we have *some* internet again (not much!!) and most importantly, we are back in the land of Happy Hour, baguettes (tomorrow`s treat), and walks to town for cheap (by FP standards) street food. Dinner tonight: I ordered a plate of chicken and fries for the kids (1000 CPF) and asked the girl if it would be enough for two children. She laughed and said that it would be. In fact, the one plate would nearly have fed all of us! We were well satiated when we walked home after poulet-frites, chow-men (chow mein), and poission cru a la chinoise (an especially tasty local specialty)!

Our plan is still to stay here for a couple more days, and then it looks like we will have a weather window late in the week to head for Penrhyn (Northern Cook Islands).

Love to all,
Elizabeth
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At 8/26/2014 7:18 PM (utc) Fluenta's position was 16°31.32'S 151°45.26'W

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