When my partner, Diana, smiled and said, “We’re going to swim with the sharks today,” I was both exited and apprehensive. After all, people come to Bora Bora, Tahiti, French Polynesia, to relax, swim in the azure blue lagoons, and soak up the intriguing French Polynesian culture.
We were visiting the magical island of Bora Bora, and she had arranged a private boat charter with a reputable boat company called La Plage. As soon as we got on La Plage’s boat, the Captain, Tivi, said, with a broad smile, “This is your day. You can command the boat to go anywhere you want at any time.”
We said we would rely on his expert guidance and experience, however, this was such a feeling of freedom and empowerment to be able to go at our own pace on a customized tour.
All aboard, we sped off on a fast comfortable boat with our hair blowing in the warm breeze. We decided to first visit the luxurious St. Regis Resort where we were invited by the GM.
It was exhilarating to speed along the coast of Bora Bora looking out at the white sand beaches with palm trees near the shore and lush towering peaks of the island reaching skyward towards the grand and awe-inspiring blue sky.
We reached the St. Regis Resort and toured the exclusive grounds. Wedding couples crowned with flowers posed for photographers, and we toasted them with a glass of Billecart Salmon Brut Rose French champagne.
The Captain escorted us into the boat, and we left the St Regis to find the sharks. Soon we arrived at the spot and the Captain said, “See the rays swimming…there will be sharks nearby,” and he pulled off his shirt and jumped in the water carrying a bucket full of sardines.
A group of large rays flapped their wings and crowded near him like puppies greeting their master. Tivi said, “Jump in, don’t be afraid,” and Diana and I slipped into the warm, shallow, crystal clear water.
The rays nudged up against us, so friendly and welcoming. Their soft padded skin was warm, silky and smooth with some roughness only along with edges.
All this sardine feeding and wing flapping of the rays must have
caused a commotion, attracting the sharks, as we were soon being circled by a school of black tipped sharks.
Those million – year old shark eyes were watching us calmly, as they swam in a circle. They were 5-6 feet long, sleek, with a light brown-grey skin, each with black color on its top shark’s fin. They moved through the water with ease and looked like young sharks, not the threatening demeanor of a “Jaws” shark.
These sharks seemed to be familiar with humans in the water and were patiently waiting their sardine feeding. In due course we got back in the boat and watched our captain complete his sardines feeding as the circling sharks struck at the fish with great relish.
Cruising the coast of Bora Bora, playing with the friendly rays and swimming with the sharks was truly a memorable experience. We smiled contentedly as we zoomed back to shore.
This was an experience to be savored. La Plage’s private boat tour–with an experienced and authentic Tahitian captain–proved a high point of our trip. The personalized tour gave us a new appreciation of marine life and the landscape of Bora Bora, whose people and culture makes these islands so special. We were particularly pleased to be aboard and would recommend this private boat tour to anyone who wants an in depth experience of a lifetime.
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