Monday, February 10, 2014

A Motu picnic on Beautiful Bora Bora

One of the first cruises we ever did with Princess, was a Trip from Los Angles to Sydney……We thought the most beautiful stop in the islands, was Bora Bora…..We were so lucky to be on a cruise critic tour, that included a Motu picnic. For those of you who don’t know, a Motu picnic, is native style dining, on a small island. No plates, no utensils, you eat with your fingers off a banana leaf…Native fruits, fish, lobster, and of course a pig roast!
We exited the ship and found our tour guide.We then boarded an outrigger, and motored to an area where we could swim and snorkel with the black tip sharks!  Yes…SHARKS!!  Of course they weren't man-eaters, but it was still exciting, just the same!
We were serenaded along the way, by our native guide.
After swimming, snorkeling, and chasing off the sharks, we were STARVED!  And of course, ready for our Motu picnic!

We started off with Island drinks ( we were VERY thirsty!)
012And supervised the grilling of the Lobsters…These lobsters were much different than the Maine lobsters we were used claws, and a different taste.
011We  stuffed ourselves on seafood, pork, fresh fruit, and coconut treats,while we sat at this covered picnic table… napkins?, no problem. We just placed our fingers in the water, and the fish nibbled them clean….it was sooooo fun!
PA050170We had a glorious view of the main Island, someone said that this was the inspiration for the magical Bali Hai…in South Pacific.

145It was very hard to leave this idyllic island ...We seriously considered missing the ship, and becoming castaways! But alas, we knew other adventures awaited, so we drifted back to the port, and rejoined our fellow passengers.
And so we bid a fond adieu to Lovely Bora Bora

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