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Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Upplands Vasby May 31st 2013

As a final post from our amazing journey we want to share some more of the colours that Polynesia is so full of. The day we arrive we were greeted with a flower necklace that made us smile all the way to the hotel with its colours and scent. We then found our room generously decorated with fresh hibiscus. The same happened on every island we came to. On the streets many people wears a single gardenia or frangipani behind their ear, also men. Many women decorate their hairstyles with artistic arrangements of leaves and flowers. Last but not least you find flowers in strong colours on most clothes that people wear. As a good bye to our followers we are here sharing a part of the amazing variety we saw. Enjoy!... read more
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Oceania » French Polynesia » Moorea May 28th 2013

The last days on our last island we spoiled ourselves with a stay at one of the famous overwater bungalows. We had seen them on all the islands: built directly into the water on stilts, these bungalows promise the ultimate paradises experience. From the spacious room (or rooms, depending on the budget) you see the ocean and nothing but the ocean. Same from your sofa. And from the bed. And the bathroom. And from, well, you get the concept. In front of the bungalow you have your private sun deck and your own little pier to jump into the water whenever you like. If you're lucky you even have your own little part of the reef. On Bora Bora there were so many overwater bungalows that there was nothing romantic or special over it any more ... read more
Home sweet Home
Up for a refreshment?
All ours

Oceania » French Polynesia » Moorea May 27th 2013

On they way back from our last two dives on this trip (we made 13 in total) we saw a shallow place in the lagoon with some boats and people in the water. We found out it was a place where they feed the stingrays. On Bora Bora we made two dives where mantarays could be seen. The only island that we visited with mantarays. Unfortunately we never saw any of them. We had seen stingrays a couple of times earlier but never close up, so we quickly agreed we got to do this. The next morning we checked with the hotel and guess what? They offered jet ski tours to the site! Twenty minutes later we were on our way out. The rays were very used to getting fed at this site so they came ... read more
Shark waters
Black-tip shark

Oceania » French Polynesia » Moorea May 26th 2013

How do pineapples grow? On a tree, or? Hmmm, no, not really. Being in French Polynesia we had heard about the fantastic pineapples from Moorea right from the start. The island is Polynesia's main producer of the fruit. When we finally arrived on this last stop of our trip we started with a delicious freshly pressed pineapple juice on the terras of our hotel in Cook's Bay. Looking at the slope of the opposite mountainside we cloud then already see them: pineapple plantations. But it took us one more day to actually get there. With our car we drove up the bumpy road and there they were: pineapples wherever you looked. They actually grow on the ground. Like flowers they stick out from the plant at about half a metre and are protected by thorny leaves. ... read more
 On the ground!?
 Pineapple plantation on the right side of the slope
All ready

Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga May 19th 2013

Have you ever wondered how to crack an coconut open? Well, here is a guide on how to do it. First you need the nut itself. On these islands they are lying around all over the place. We just stopped an picked one up along the road. Then you'll need a sharp stick. We found a steel bar used in concrete structures lying on the parking lot. That will do it! Stick the bar in the ground and use it to remove the fluffy cover of the nut. With a steel bar like this it takes some hitting and bending to remove it. When you uncovered the nut you'll need a good rock with a bit of an edge to smash it open. Something from the garden will do just fine. The coconut has three "eyes" ... read more
It takes some bending
Hit it!
Enjoy!

Oceania » Cook Islands » Rarotonga May 18th 2013

This week we are on the beautiful island of Rarotonga. Our bungalow is named Magic Reef and that is all true. Right down from our beach there is the reef, about 40 metres wide, with all its corals, shells and small crustaceans (every time you find a beautiful shell it is already claimed!). Not to forget the uncountable sea cucumbers. Beyond this the dark blue ocean contiguously smashes its energy against the reef. We can never stop getting fascinated of this act. Collecting wind energy waves get built up over large distance on the open ocean. Only a part of them is visible, the major part is actually under water, going in circles. When this energy comes close to land and the circle can't be fulfilled any more the water rises up until it breaks down ... read more
Muri Lagoon
Bananafish (real name: Whitebanded triggerfish or Baliste Picasso)
Early morning at the coast of Rarotonga

Oceania » French Polynesia » Bora Bora May 15th 2013

Here on the islands, everything is about the ocean, its marine life and fish. From the tattoos on the locals to the fishes on the corals and the fishes on our dinner table. Today we had another great experience under water. After a little messy start at the dive centre we were finally on our way outside the reef heading north to a dive site called Muri Muri. For some reason we can't understand everybody in the diving business seems to have a very special sense for order and planning... The ride itself to the site was exciting. It was the biggest waves we both experienced in a motorboat. The boat was flying of the waves and hitting the water hard in between. On the site we jumped in the water and we immediately saw black-tip ... read more
Meeting up with the dive team
Fish on display
Pina Colada

Oceania » French Polynesia » Bora Bora May 14th 2013

Of course we knew it theoretically - our islet is a reef. But it is still a special feeling to stand with your bear feet on a beach that obviously consist of tons of corals. The island of Bora Bora itself is an extincted volcano. Around it corals built a ring that turned into a reef and became more and more massive. Millenniums passing by the volcano sunk into the ocean creating distance to the reef. The reef on the other hand got so wide that plants and animals saddled down on it. This way the beautiful geography of Bora Bora developed into its current formation with the shallow, turquoise lagoon and the ring of islets (motus) around it. From our bungalow on the motu we are directly looking onto the main island with its amazingly ... read more
Concrete?!
Pacific side of Motu Piti A'au

Oceania » French Polynesia » Bora Bora May 12th 2013

Here we are now at Bora Bora, one hour flight north of Tahiti in French Polynesia. This island is by many said to be paradise on earth and we can only agree, it is beautiful. The rocky mountains on the island are all covered with green and they are surrounded by a lagoon with turquoise water. We are staying on one of the motu, coral islands, on the outside of the lagoon. The view over the lagoon towards the island is fantastic! The climate here is much warmer than on Rapa Nui. The temperature is around 30 degrees and the water is about the same. So far we have stayed on our motu and just enjoying the place. Canoeing in the lagoon, snorkeling and walking on the rough outside of the reef. We're staying at a ... read more
Sunset over Bora Bora
Relaxing in the shadow
Eating coco nut

South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa May 6th 2013

Another historical mystery of Rapa Nui is the birdman cult. After the moai had lost their meaning and warfair broke out among the clans a new cult arose. Every year a birdman was picked who would rule the island's society. Thus peace could be re-established. The sacret place for the rituals of the birdman cult can still be visited today. And what a place! At the rim of the crater Rano Kau the Rapa Nui built a small village called Orongo. On one side you look into the collapsed crater of the volcano, 200 metres deep and filled with water. Its steep walls encircle about 1,5 kilometre and open up on one side to the open ocean. On the other side of the crater rim the cliff drops right into the sea, about 300 metres deep. ... read more
Motu Nui, Motu iti, Motu Kao Kao
Birdman petroglyph
Orongo sacrate village




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