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swimming with eagle rays in bora bora

One Last Dive, Goodbye Bora Bora

It’s our last couple of days in Bora Bora and while it didn’t turn out like we planned (what does these days?) we squeeze in one last dive to say a proper goodbye to all our new friends.  Then it’s anchor up, sails up and on to the next island paradise.

Can you believe all those spotted eagle rays came over just for our farewell dive?!?  Chances are, if you hang out around the same area, they’ll come say hello to you too.  We didn’t spot them every time, but often enough to lure us over regardless of where Curiosity was anchored.

a flock of eagle rays in bora bora

swimming with eagle rays in bora bora

Add in a few sting rays, reef sharks, damsel fish along with an octopus sighting and you can see why it became our favorite spot in Bora Bora.

But, no day in the sea is complete without picking up some plastic.  It’s our daily reminder to be mindful of everything we use and especially of everything we throw away.

plastic in our oceans

We signed up as ambassadors for 5Gyres this year to step up our game on helping to save our oceans.  You can be an ambassador too!   It doesn’t cost a penny.  So, if you don’t have money to donate but want to help, they have loads of free resources and information they need help spreading the word about.  If you are looking for ideas on how to go #PlasticFree or you’re searching for better alternatives for the plastics in your life, check out this guide from 5Gyres: 5gyres.org/publications

 

What’s Up With That Chain?

Yes, this is just the beginning of the great anchor chain scandal and this won’t be the last you hear of it. Chaingate is just getting started.  We’re 99% sure we were sold fake G4 chain (and a very good fake at that). We’re still digging to get to the bottom of it but we’ll report back with more once we have some solid information to share.

See The Chain Replacement Story Here: gonewiththewynns.com/replacing-anchor-chain

 

One failing anchor chain and a busted water pump aside, we’re still afloat.  We’re sailing the paradise that is the South Pacific and life is good.  So, onward to Tahaa we go!

rainbows and sailing in bora bora

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RESOURCES & GEAR IN THIS VIDEO

🎥 OUR CAMERA GEAR  📷

🌊SNORKLE / FREEDIVE GEAR 

Nikki

Jason

🎶AWESOME tunes:

SAILING REPORT

To see our full map with interactive pins, click here: gonewiththewynns.com/map

Sailing Bora Bora map

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

  • Anchorage:  Bloody Mary’s
  • Date:  December 2018

Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (25)

  • Bob

    Great videos, would be nice if you gave them sequence numbers as YouTube does not always play them in order.

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  • Michael

    As always, great video.

    Two comments. Always have spare parts. After breathing, water is the next important thing for humans. I wouldn’t want to be in the middle of the ocean in a calm without water. But that’s just me.

    Also, in the reference video it didn’t look like the chain was the issue, but rather the gypsy. The depth of the space for the chain loops is all worn and way too shallow; they obviously cannot get a good grip. It is assumed that any chain will get dirty and/or worn. The device must grip it no matter the condition of the chain. Period,

    By the way, the opening to the locker appears too small or it wouldn’t get backed up on the surface in a pile.

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      • Luc Tison

        Do you think that collecting water when it is raining, is an option to fill your thanks, and how ?

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        • Curious Minion

          They collect it sometimes for laundry & boat washes but the water’s not “clean” after it lands on the boat and runs across sails & such so they don’t put it into their drinking water tank. You can read more about it all here: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/boat-life-get-water
          Curious Minion

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  • Stephen Norman

    Absolutely fantastic photo(s)! I looked at the first one of Nikki with the rays and thought “This should be entered in a photo contest” but then I saw the rest and realized I would go crazy trying to decide which to enter.

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  • Luke

    The scenery is spectacular! Your videos have always been good (from a videographer perspective), but the fine improvements are very noticeable. You really do great work! Keep it up! Always look forward to the new email link! Take good care!

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  • Yvan

    Wonderful video (as usual). I loved the underwater images (of course, I’m a scuba diver). You are very inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Rolonmascara

    You have been spoiled for so long with your water maker, have you forgotten about solar stills? We did 5,000 miles to Australia using one without any complaints. By the way I hope someone told you that rainwater is safe to drink.

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  • Alan L Solomon

    Thank you so much.

    Another fresh video from the depths of the Wynn video vault.

    Safe travels,

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  • Deborah Kerr

    That Eagle Ray procession – wow – very gentle creatures! And I saw ghost fish at 8:14 but when I stop the video there, you can’t see them – they blend in with the sand and water!! Sooooo cool!! You can only see them when they are moving! Love the slo-mo raindrops and sounds! Thank you so much for sharing life in that part of the world! Keep smiling 🙂

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  • Judy Goodson

    I hope you found water at your next stop. Good luck with your “Chaingate” endeavor. I’m sure it’s been a great source of frustration for you.

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  • Bob S

    The problem of plastic pollution in the oceans and elsewhere isn’t with plastic, it’s what people do with their garbage. It’s a people problem, not a plastic problem. Banning types of plastic products that wind up in the seas is also not a solution. It’s also impossible to live “plastic free” if you want to enjoy the benefits of the 21st century. There would be no sailboats without plastic, no cameras to film these adventures and no computers to view them on. So, yes, let’s do all we can to encourage recycling and educate people on the harm of littering and let’s levy hefty fines for improper garbage dumping.

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  • Bill Doty

    Seems like much to do aboard the boat in general upkeep, unlike the motorhome. Safe travels

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  • Jeffrey Stenberg

    One of the coolest photos I’ve ever seen Nikki and Rays ( sounds like a band name ). Recycling is very well understood here south of Seattle ( and Seattle ), been seeing commercials on TV encouraging people to recycle, but it’s strange that the county just north of Seattle they don’t recycle and some don’t even know what it is. Our city Kent wants to charts extra in future because China doesn’t take all of the worlds recycle. Harder to deal with but they won’t tell us there solution. Will check out the website you mentioned, thanks. Stay safe, have fun, “Sail On”👣📷

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  • Michael

    I’m curious: Did you look at or consider any of the Berky filtering products for your water purification gear? Seems like that might be a good backup system in cases like this.

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  • Terri Nadeau

    I followed the information link about 5Gyres(the nonprofit organization who’s goal is eliminate plastic waste in our oceans), and they mention a contraption called a Manta Trawl that can be attached to a boat to capture floating plastic in the ocean. Will you folks be getting one? It sounds like a big commitment. I know by watching your videos, that you two are always grabbing floating plastic bottles while you’re out on your dingy. Great job Wynns!!

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  • Roger B

    Such a colorful rainbow. Your underwater videos are really focus sharp with vivid color. No drone video?

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  • Jeanette Brennan

    Excellent video as always! The Rays were an extra special treat to see. Thanks for picking up the dreadful plastic from the ocean floor…
    Good luck and thanks for sharing your adventures with us! Stay safe! 👍🌈⛵️😍

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  • Dennis E Cowley

    Another great video. Wonderful to see all the different sea life.
    This island popped up on my google feed a few weeks ago. Sounds pretty unique and worthy of a little more research. Might be something for the future. https://www.niueisland.com/overview

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  • Jim Ege

    The Eagle Rays were amazing. Bah! to plastic. Thank you for the beautiful video and commentary. I look forward to your videos every week here in Moline ,Illinois. Always good to see Jason with his JD hat. You always remind the viewer that with the beautiful comes the ugly and the reality. Breakdowns and not having H20 etc. But you seem to hang tuff!

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  • David Herridge

    Always enjoy seeing your travels. Being a Texan myself, and a full time RV’er I can appreciate a lot of what you are going through. Continue the good work. You are a inspiration to many that only dream of doing what you do.

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  • Cynde

    What size are your water tanks ? Since your water maker isn’t working do you just jug it ??

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  • Cynde

    Awesome!!! Can’t wait till your next stop!!!
    Happy sailing

    Question?? Have you ever had your bildge pump have bubbles?

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