Bora Bora (Vaitape), French Polynesia


Nautical Term ~ of the day ~ Slush Fund

A slushy slurry of fat was obtained by boiling or scraping the empty salted meat storage barrels. This stuff, called “slush,” was often sold ashore by the ship’s cook for the benefit of himself or the crew. The money so derived became known as a “slush fund.”

Bora Bora is called the “Pearl of the Pacific.”  Surrounded by a lagoon of turquoise waters and a barrier reef, it is situated in the volcanic crater of its origin.  Bora Bora and Tahiti are the most famous of the Society Islands archipelago in French Polynesia which has a total of 5 archipelagos. 

Bora Bora’s center is marked by twin peaks with Otemanu, the highest at 2379′.
Can YOU find any?
Might as well forget this page, except…

Giant Moray Eel!

How about the Scissor-tail Sergeant? There’s a big Parrot fish (maybe) in above photo, just a tad right of center!

Have you heard of a Double-Saddle Butterflyfish?

Small islets with water bungalows are synonymous with Bora Bora.

Can you find 9 land crabs? The bus actually stopped for us to see these crawl out of their holes for food that was tossed near the empty-looking holes.
I was looking forward to a Bloody Mary drink but they were closed for renovation. It became famous after the movie South Pacific. (I didn’t know I left my glasses on)