MANA:(noun) The power of the elemental forces of nature embodied in an object or person
Blog entry written by: Alexandria Prain
Video edit by : Justin Dersham
June 5th: Sailed around the Northern tip of Tahaa inside the lagoon to "The Coral Garden". We anchored by Motu Maharae.
“Hark, now hear the sailors cry,
smell the sea, and feel the sky
let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic...”
- Van Morrison
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Soft beams of sunlight kissed our pink faces as we awoke. Surrounded by an oasis of green ridgelines, our minds finally caught up with the location of our bodies. Eager to discover more sacred zone, we battened the hatches and set out for the Northern tip of Tahaa. Within an hour, we were met by deep indigo currents and the infamous water bungalows of the Le Tahaa Resort & Spa
. Happily, we laid the anchor, called to make cocktail hour reservations at the resort and prepared to explore Motu Maharae.
Snorkel gear in tow, we popped onto the kayak, paddle board and dinghies to make our way out to the Coral Gardens, which sit in between the two small islands. We crept across broken coral sands to the north side of the island, threw on our masks and dove into an underwater sanctuary. The garden is a spectacular maze of coral heads and brilliantly colored exotic fish that sits between the two motus. It is unique, not only because of the aquatic life, but also because the natural current that flows between the two islands softly pulls snorkelers through its underwater jungle.
After an out-of-this-world snorkeling experience, we zipped back to the boat in an attempt to escape the afternoon rain shower and get ready for cocktails at the Le Tahaa Resort & Spa. Showered and refreshed, we took a moment to soak in the breathtaking sunset over Bora Bora. We popped into the boats and made our way to the Private Resort & Spa for evening cocktail hour reservation. The resort is gorgeous with an exquisite hand-carved staircase and bar that leave even the most seasoned traveller in awe. Not a detail in design and architecture has gone unseen. Mai-tais, Honeymoons and an amazing wine list met our group as the chefs prepared a wonderful tapas spread of fresh shrimp, chicken and pork satay, homemade peanut sauce, guacamole and tortilla chips. After finishing up, the hotel allowed us to purchase some more ice and we head home to the Cameral IV.
To start your own adventure go to The Moorings
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