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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

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

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 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

Oceania » French Polynesia » Rangiroa February 6th 2013

I waited 8 years to dive Tipuata pass. I first saw it on a nat geo Cousteau documentary. An insane drift dive in very sharky waters with lots of dolphins and big stuff. No dive for a beginner. Diving the pass makes you know you are alive...and life is a very tender, amazing and fragile thing. Rangiroa had always been on my dive bucketlist since I saw the Cousteau team diving the pass. From my home, Rangiroa works out about a 19000km round trip if you add in all my little detours like Tahiti and Bora Bora and later Moorea and New Zealand. When I bought the vouchers that got me to Tahiti, it was a given that I would go to Rangiroa and dive the pass. Polynesia looks after its divers, which is why the ... read more
island side of the pass
My cabin
Rangiroa airport

Oceania » French Polynesia » Bora Bora February 2nd 2013

I woke up at sunrise, stumbling out into the most beautiful scenery you could imagine, and realising its real. The sort of place where blinking is a sin because thats one millisecond of it you missed. I knew one thing about Bora Bora, I did not want to do the tourist things, I wanted to find out from the people what the real deal was, I was looking for the real Bora Bora, not the day visit cruise ship one. Two different things. The best way to get around Bora Bora as a single white female is hitching. Because there are no other SWFs heading rapidly towards that big 5-0 wandering along the islands one road by the time you have hitched your first lift, everyone knows who it was with and that you are..a pure ... read more
Private Island beach
My friend Taaroa
local public beach

Oceania » French Polynesia » Bora Bora January 29th 2013

I didnt actually mean to go to Bora Bora, and to be honest, wasnt looking forward to it. Its never been on my list, it looks pretty in pictures, but id always imagined it to be what its marketed as..a honeymooners couples retreat romantic destination with very little to do except sit around and get a tan in between post nuptual trysts. Im astonished at the words i found to describe that rather than reverting to the aussie bogun and saying..everyone bonks on Bora Bora. Firstly, you get Lei'd on arrival. Then when you arrive at your ridiculously expensive and ridiculously beautiful hotel you get a blow job. Im sure the islanders and the hoteliers know theres a certain amount of innuendo there and its not just me with a dirty mind. Flying into Bora Bora ... read more
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Boat transfer airport to resort

Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti January 28th 2013

I was only looking on Ebay for a pair of Jeans...which is how I ended up spending three weeks in the south pacific. Cold wintery Perth, sitting there looking at the fast decomposing carcass of a relationship wandering how to get out of here and how to find my groove again I was hunting around on Ebay and decided to check for cheap flights...I was dying inside, felt suffocated and knew one thing, i had to get out of here and out of this relationship. It had run its course. While browsing jetstar and air asia cheapo flights i stumbled upon a holiday accomodation package someone had won but couldnt take with two nights accomodation in Tahiti and 5 nights in Moorea...I bid on it. Two days later I had secured it for $670. All i ... read more
Landing at Faaa
Welcome to Tahiti
The Marae

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