The Maohi Nui ¾-day tour lasts about five hours. It includes two snorkeling stops with a Polynesian feast between snorkeling areas. The feast is traditionally prepared in an in-ground “oven” of heated lava rock covered by banana leaves and a suspiciously untraditional-looking synthetic oilskin tarp.
We’ll take a look at the goodies inside that oven shortly, but first a brief word on our snorkeling adventures this outing. Our pre-lunch snorkel was in a coral area, and the waters were teeming with many docile, almost tame stingrays and curious blacktip reef sharks. The image below is from NewsCrab’s article Bora Bora Island – The dream honeymoon destination of everyone:
Once our first snorkel was complete, we headed for a private motu (Polynesian reef islet with vegetation). :
Now let’s look into that Polynesian oven. Here’s Patrick opening the “oven door”:
Next he removes the “foil wrap” from the food, revealing the traditional banana leaves covering the pit:
And finally we get our first glimpse of lunch:
The goodies were removed from the pit and arranged buffet style atop tables. The menu included suckling pig, chicken with local spinach, manioc (starchy root vegetable similar to cassava or yucca), plantains, bread fruit, and a side of raw fish salad with coconut milk. Wines were included; white, red, and even champagne.
Heading for Bora Bora? Want to enjoy this tour? Here’s the website for Maohi Nui (and make sure you get on Patrick’s outrigger):