2011 April 22 – Day 108 – Viatape, Bora Bora

I love Bora Bora.  We had stopped there on our Holland America Cruise to Australia and I was very happy to stop again on our way home. It is one of the most beautiful islands I have ever seen and we were fortunate to have clear skies for the sail-in.  Often the top of the mountain is shrouded in cloud.We took part in quite a unique tour on this day.  We went walking underwater with the fish of the reef. A small boat took us from the ship to another boat anchored in the lagoon.  We were given instructions and communication signs before moving to the dive boat, and, one at a time, descended the ladder chest-deep into the water.  A large, 50 lb. helmet was placed over our heads and rested on our shoulders. This helmet had an air hose attached so we were able to breathe normally when we went 10′ under the water to the sandy ocean floor.  It was a bit tricky to stay on the bottom to walk around as my body kept wanting to float but I mastered it after awhile and we had a great time.  I had my little waterproof camera to take pictures and the tour company also had a photographer (in scuba gear) that took some of these pics. Close up and personal to the fishies.  This guy was right in front of my helmet face.

We were given chunks of bread and were swarmed by hundreds of fish.  We were able to spend about a half hour in the water.  It was a very different experience and we thoroughly enjoyed the day.He has a large chunk of bread in his mouth and the fish come eat it.                                                                                          Dancing on the ocean floor.The next day we docked at Papeeté, also a French Polynesian island, and a port we visited on our way to Australia.

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