The weather has improved! Jet skiing in Bora Bora was on the agenda today. I found Maitra Jet Ski company online and decided to book directly through them prior to embarkation.
One thing about the Oceania cruise line I do not like is that the side trips or excursion are outrageously priced. It would have cost us $200 more per person to do a similar tour. No thanks! Doing port research ahead of time can save a lot of money, especially in the more expensive ports like Bora Bora.
After we got picked up at the pier, we were taken to our jet skis for a brief safety/how to use a jet ski talk. There was another couple from California with us and they were fun. We took off and started our circle around the island of Bora Bora.
We stopped suddenly when all the dolphins appeared. Usually dolphins don’t make it inside the reef that surrounds Bora Bora but they made an exception today. There were at least a couple of dozen dolphins swimming in the water (and sometimes swimming along with our jet skis!).
We stopped for a quick swim break in the turquoise waters. It was a hot, humid day even on a jet ski. I jumped right in. The water is warm and so clear.
We stopped on a nearby island surrounded by very shallow water to swim, beach, and eat fruit. Here I am with Bora Bora in the background:
I took a lot of photos because it was so pretty. One of these will be my new screensaver back at work.
I should have been sitting in the shade instead of frolicking in the water. French Polynesian sun is something fierce and I felt myself burning. I applied some more sun block and tried to find some shade.
We ate some fresh coconut shavings, banana, mango, and grapefruit. The grapefruit is green and tastes great- a little less tart than pink grapefruit.
The jet ski tour in total was about 2 hours long. It was a great way to see around the whole island of Bora Bora. It is much more enjoyable to do it with 2 people on one jet ski and take turns driving while the other can soak in the sights.
And don’t forget to apply sunblock regularly. I did not do a good job with my feet. Now I have bad water shoe tan lines. #Sunblockfail
Scuba diving in Bora Bora is up next! An underwater safari in French Polynesia.