13.04.2012 - 13.04.2012 30 °C
First thing this morning Jess and I headed out for an early morning snorkel. We donned our equipment, braved the cold and swam out and around the waters surrounding our motel. After some time we found the best snorkeling was under the over water bungalows. Long needle nosed fish that looked see-through, little yellow fish, and a collection of others swam around as though for a=our enjoyment stopping to feed once in a while.
We headed back to our room for a quick shower followed by breakfast and a mega quick pack. I lugged the bags to reception were we dumped them and got picked up. Our adventure of choice for today was water skiing and I must say that i was looking forward to it a little but soon was reveling in the speed and air that was to come! We arrived at Matira Jet ski tours where we were kitted out with life jackets and shown how to operate our machines. We waded out to our jetskis slightly bummed that we had left our digital cameras behind as their was water proof compartments on the jetskis. Lou and Jess climbed aboard one of the crafts and I on another. Moments later we were skimming along the open ocean to check out the scenery of Bora Bora.... well that’s what most of the others were doing. I spent 80 percent of the time carving up the wake and waves that came along! We headed out along the coastline of Bora Bora and cruised past the major resorts pulling in excess of 35 miles per hour. Sometimes a set of waves would roll across our path launching us airborne whilst a shower of spray descended on us. We arrived at a picture perfect location where we had some photos taken using a disposable camera which had been hurriedly purchased earlier in the day. Then we continued on our way past several other high class resorts including the wallet destroying intercontinental Thalasso Spa which we were to move to later in the day. We coasted into a secluded beach which had some young native kids flaying and kayaking. The kids took an instant shine to Jess and Lou and soon i was pushing them around in their kayak with all my might which brought cries of laughter from the kayak. After eating some free coconut, Sweet grapefruit and unformed coconut innards we took to the water again. Jess took the controls this time whilst Lou sat in behind. I was gaining more confidence flicking the jetski from side to side with huge amounts of spray following. I believe the two couples following behind were enjoying my antics when i decided at approve 30 – 35 mph to flicks the jet ski into a hard hard side ways turn.... The jetski came to an instant halt and I flew through the air in what must have been an awesome sight straight into the magnificent blue waters. So far today I had snorkeled, Jetskied and flown... I swam hard for the jetski hoping to get there before the guide had noticed so i could continue on. Needless to say the guide had seen and banked into an impressive turn that freaked the girls out. They handled the turn with prowess and managed to stay on! I got back on my jetski and the guide managed to get it started again. The throttle was jammed at a much higher rev limit as we resumed our trip. We continued on over the waves and pulled into Matira beach to conclude our incredibly awesome trip.
We were taken back to our hotel where we paid our bills, sweet talked a local to give us a lift, loaded our luggage and headed to the intercontinental Moana resort. I slipped a 1000 frank note to say thanks, unloaded our luggage and we wandered down to the dock to await our boat transfer to the intercontinental Thelasso Spa where we would stay in an over water bungalow of extreme class. This bungalow cost more then an arm and a leg but as we entered the room we felt justified in our investment! Class oozes from this place, so much so that only pictures can explain so heres some below.
We headed back to check out what spa treatments were available... thinking that considering the price of our room we could at least use a jacousie... we were wrong! Everything has its price, We were given a tour of the facility before retiring to the beach for another snorkel whilst considering the spa options. Jess was snorkeling along when suddenly Lou heard a bubbling voice which beckoned for immediate attention. Lou raced over to Jess and was excitedly told about a sea snake which Jess had spotted. They both put their heads back in the water and sure enough there was the black and white stripped snake glaring right back at them. Before we new it it was happy hour so we grabbed our towels and headed to the infinity pool to enjoy a cocktail. One cocktail down we jumped into the pool for a wee frolick before downing another cocktail.
After a quick shower we headed to the restaurant for a another very expensive buffet and watched the end of the cultural show which was being held.