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Sunset in Bora Bora

A wonderful vacation in the South Pacific deserves a wonderful sunset. SOURCE: Bora Bora Sunset 1 (Bora Bora, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 07 April 2016. SOURCE: Bora Bora Sunset 2 (Bora Bora, French Polynesia); photographed by … Continue reading

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The Sunset Catamaran Cruise

I was able to get a seat aboard a sunset catamaran cruise on the first day in Bora Bora. The operators of the cruise took us to a site where we could swim with the stingrays and enjoy the Bora … Continue reading

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More Sea Life from the Glass Bottom Boat

Sea life in Bora Bora could be observed not only swimming past the glass panels in the bottom of the boat, but also swimming beside the boat and in the water itself. The boat made two stops, one to see the … Continue reading

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The Glass Bottom Boat in Bora Bora

No, this article has nothing to do with the 1966 movie starring Doris Day and Rod Taylor, although now that I’ve written that, Google will probably link to this article as if it were about the movie. The glass bottom … Continue reading

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Views from Bora Bora

I arrived at Bora Bora at about noon on April 7, 2016. The first view as the ship approached the island was magnificent. It’s no wonder that Bora Bora is such a popular destination in the South Pacific. SOURCE: Bora … Continue reading

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Snorkeling in Rangiroa

Rangiroa is an atoll in the Tuamotu archipelago (not the Society Islands like Moorea or Tahiti). It has no majestic mountains, but it is famed as a great diving destination. I, however, did not have much luck with snorkeling in Rangiroa … Continue reading

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Flowering Plants in Moorea

The islands of French Polynesia are covered in lush vegetation, much of which is not native. The first Polynesians brought with them plants from their native lands, and the Europeans brought with them even more non-native plants. Today, most of the … Continue reading

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More Fish in the Reefs of Moorea

I’m not an experienced snorkeler and I was amazed at the number of different species of fishes I saw in the reefs of Moorea. I’m also not all that skilled at fish taxonomy. If anyone spots an error in identification, … Continue reading

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Snorkeling in Moorea

Moorea is part of the Society Islands archipelago which, in turn, is part of French Polynesia. French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity of France, although I heard residents repeatedly refer to French Polynesia as a country. As an archipelago, the Society Islands … Continue reading

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Views of Moorea

I just returned home from a trip to French Polynesia, my first visit to this part of the world. The first stop on my travels was the island of Moorea, just a short distance from the more familiar island of … Continue reading

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