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Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti » Papeete April 29th 2013

The island of Tahiti is of volcanic origin and has several high peaks, about 2000 m at it's maximum. From the sea level circular street it goes rapidly up the moment you turn inwards. When we first arrived at the island we got fascinated directly by the mountains that arise majestically, all covered with thick green and the tops disappearing in the clouds. Martin could not help but test himself with a little running tour, 300 m up on a distance of 3 km. Add 30°C in the bright sun and you get a really exhausted man! The next day we took the car up to look at the view and our little engine could hardly make it! The views are however stunning wherever you can catch them. There is a reef surrounding the island in ... read more
Bananas!?!
Marae 1
Marae 2

Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti April 28th 2013

On Tahiti Iti by the end of the road is Teahupoo. A beach were some of the biggest waves in the world can be seen. When we came there it started raining and we couldn't even see the reef. Check out the link below for what can be expected when the conditions are the right ones. ... read more

Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti » Papeete April 27th 2013

We already find our way around in Papeete, capital of Tahiti! With it's 200 000 inhabitants it is quite lively and has considerable traffic. After some expensive taxi rides we hired our own car and got even more engaged with the local life :-) On Thursday we headed for the famous Papeete Market. Fresh fish, woven handbags, paeros, vanilla oil, wood carvings and sea shell necklaces are all offered in a colourful mix next to each other. First thing we got us was our first ever served-right-from-the-ice-cold-coconut-with-a-straw coconut water. Of course there are so many nice things that we (especially Clara) would like to have - but how to get them home?? Papeete's one big product are the black pearls. We never heard about that before but you can really hardly miss all the shops in ... read more
Street musicians
Cooling down with a coconut
Marché de Papeete

Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti » Papeete April 25th 2013

So now we're finally here at Tahiti! It took us some 32 hours to get here but it was worth it! The climate is nice here, the temperature is above 30 during the day and doesn't go below 25 in the night. The sun is always shining and the nature is so green and beautiful. After the long trip we spent the first day just hanging out at the hotel and swimming in the south pacific. Today we spent the day exploring the capital Papeete and we're looking forward to our first dive tomorrow morning. :-)... read more

Oceania » French Polynesia » Fakarava April 15th 2013

Once upon a time, in a beautiful blue ocean far, far away, there stood a family of rugged mountain volcanoes. But there was trouble in paradise. The villainous ocean insidiously attacked and eroded it’s volcanic inhabitants. With time, the mountain peaks relented to the ever punishing ocean and eventually sank away, leaving only perimeter rings of earth material as evidence of their former presence. With time, coral colonized on the land and grew to create strange looking ring shaped islands containing large protected lagoons within. As with all fairy tales though, this ends happily ever after. For within the lagoons, life once again became a paradise providing for all sorts of creatures. Such was how we found existence on and around the atoll of Fakarava in the Tuamotu islands. Warm, moist, and oh so colorful. Like ... read more
Our 30 year honeymoon shack
Family owners of Havaiki pension
Matt's office

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Oceania » French Polynesia March 21st 2013

In a nutshell, there is no cheap way of doing French Polynesia. My trip through Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and Rangiroa was an expensive exercise - but it is worth it. There are no hawkers, taxi drivers dont hassle you because they make a lot of money from cruise ship tourists on tours so I found hitching very possible and a great experience meeting lots of people who turned out to become friends. Everything except two things are expensive - cigarettes and tattoos, both of which I am fond of. Diving is spectacular and you pay Australian rates for your dives but you can find pensions on the smaller islands like Rangiroa for $60 a night with breakfast and dinner included. A lunch and water will set you back $12 - $30 at even a simple ... read more
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Oceania » French Polynesia » Moorea February 20th 2013

I woke up and had a consult with the hotel security and conceirge about last nights problem with the drunken wanna be rapist who I imagine is still nursing sore balls and deservedly so and decided to not let that spoil things. Im a pretty brave person. I try and remain upbeat and decided what happened couldve been a lot lot worse and to give Moorea a go. I had spent half the night wondering about changing plans and trying to get a flight to Fakarava but security put extra watch on the rear of the property and on me. I wandered up to Caramelline Creperie to have the most divine breakfast and decided to go and find my tattooist and work through a design with him, have a dive and take a little bit of ... read more
Oh you want me to sing you a lullaby?
The intrepid wrongside car Sandro.
Silvery Skies

Oceania » French Polynesia » Moorea February 15th 2013

When I saw all the cruise shippers loading into mini vans heading for the ferry to Moorea I realised i had best get moving if I was going to avoid spending another expensive night on Tahiti. The Armenti ferrys are huge, cargo and cars go across to Moorea fully loaded on a lovely 30 minute trip across the Sea of the Moon. Everything that cant be grown or caught on Moorea must be ferried across and the Armentis are excellent ferrys....on days when there are not 8000 cruise shippers headed there. I missed the first ferry when I got to the dock, sold out and about to leave, but another would go in an hour so I grabbed a ticket and a cold drink while i was waiting. The system is pretty straight forward, you throw ... read more
Moody Moorea
Top deck
Armenti Ferry

Oceania » French Polynesia » Rangiroa February 11th 2013

After the dramas of yesterday we had to see the Gendarmes about the dive incident but as I didnt speak french and the Gendarme did that oxymoron thing and said I dont speak English (YOU JUST DID!) I was of little use so didnt have much to say or do and wandered back for breakfast. R and his wife and I were all booked on the 12.30ish plane, I say ish because my booking said Dept 12.40, Rs said depart 12.30..so no time for an early dive because packing wet gear is a nightmare. I spent the rest of the morning packing up the little cottage, hanging out any wet gear on the clothesline to dry and generally doing bugger all except sitting staring at the lagoon and breathing in the purity of Rangiroa. Its a ... read more

Oceania » French Polynesia » Rangiroa February 7th 2013

Under the angry Rangiroa sky we were still smiling and looking at the dolphins eager to get into the water with them and off the boat and rain. I felt thunder reverberate through my chest just before we all gave the OK and masks and regs in as the boatman struggled to steady the boat for a few seconds in the heavy swell and sideways rain. It was a quick backwards roll entry..due to the extra shorty and my lavacore I added a kilo weight before we set out as I had been diving with no weight in bora bora and only 2 kilos with the lavacore and wetsuit here. As we disappeared under the surface the warm ocean was a welcome relief from the stormy weather. As usual i started singing through my reg..stormy weather ... read more
The pass.
Lagoon side of the pass




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