Bora Bora is the island of dreams in the South Pacific but like many things where your expectations are high we found the reality to be disappointing. This page is short because we didn't get a lot out of Bora Bora. Maybe it would have been more impressive staying in a $400 a night over water Fale but for the cruiser it didn't seem to offer a lot.

Bora Bora has a yacht club but, like most South Pacific yacht clubs, it is really a business offering services to passing yachts. They provided free moorings and water and only asked that you patronize their restaurant or bar every 2 or 3 days.

The highlight of our stay in Bora Bora was diving with the stingrays. It has become common to convert normally shy stingrays into friendly panhandlers by feeding them at regular intervals. In Bora Bora this is done by several snorkel boat operators and cruisers can go join the fun with their dinghies. The stingrays are amazingly bold and tame. I had difficulty getting them to stay far enough from the camera to focus. Feeding wild animals is rarely a good idea and this risks changing the eating habits of this creatures but it is performed by the locals as part of their method of making money so it is difficult to fault.

Everything in Bora Bora is expensive, even by French Polynesian standards, but an excellent restaurant that gives you food and ambience to match the price is Bloody Mary's. It is the in place on Bora Bora and for good reason. The food and beverages are exceptional. The restaurant features a sand floor, grass roof and manicured gardens around the perimeter.