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Published: November 8th 2017
Mount Mouaroa on Moorea
No matter how many times we have been to Tahiti, the stunning beauty of these idyllic islands never ceases to amaze us. I don’t believe that the exquisite colors of the water can be adequately described in words nor can the spirit of island peoples be explained without experiencing it. Mana
is the Polynesian term for the inner spirit that pervades the Tahitian approach to life and living. When you are here you can see with your own eyes the translucent aqua, turquoise, teal, azure, blue and green of the ocean and lagoons framed against the towering mountains and shimmering reefs all the while breathing in the air scented with the flowery perfume of frangiapani and tiara flowers. And if you are fortunate enough, you will feel the mana
in your soul.
We sailed into Moorea’s Opunohu Bay at daybreak. This gorgeous island served as the inspiration for James Michener’s book, “Tales of the South Pacific.” This is the Bali Hai of Bloody Mary. Seeing it makes you want to talk some happy talk and have a few enchanted evenings.
We tendered ashore and arranged for a $5 van ride to Les Tipaniers Resort. This low-key resort has small
CAPTAIN TIM ROBERTS
Superb Captain gives informative and interesting noon talks
thatched roof bungalows, roaming chickens, slumbering cats and an open-air restaurant overlooking the reef. We spent the day playing in the warm water enjoying the colorful fish and coral. After lunch we flagged down a young man who took us back to the pier while filling us in on his goal to become a successful musician in the islands. This is a perfect day for us on Moorea.
That night the Sojourn sailed over to Papeete, Tahiti. This being the mercantile center for all French Polynesia, Papeete is a beehive of activity day and night. And unlike the other islands, it is becoming famous for its traffic jams and fancy restaurants. As soon as the ship was secured we went ashore to the Place Vaiete which is filled with roulettes serving French, American and Chinese food to locals and tourists alike.
The following day we took our group on an island tour. Our first stop was at the James Norman Hall Home & Museum. The author of "Mutiny on the Bounty" lived in Tahiti and this is where he and co-author Charles Nordhoff wrote their wonderful book. Mr Hall was an American adventurer, decorated soldier, poet and prolific
writer. Many of his novels were made into movies. When Marlon Brando was filming Mutiny he fell in love with Polynesia and his beautiful co-star Tarita and proceeded to buy the island of Tetiaroa. Brando settled in with Tarita and raised a family far from the lights of Hollywood. Now the super expensive island resort called The Brando is the hideaway for the rich and famous. President Obama spent a month on the island penning his White House memoirs. The hotel has solar panels and coconut oil generators and uses sea water to run their air conditioners. They hope to be totally power self-sufficient in the near future. In case you want to book a room, the rates start at $2800.00 per night.
Vivian was our guide at the museum and she did a wonderful job telling the story of Hall, his writings and his family life here in paradise. Departing the museum, we were treated to some stunning views around the island and then a fancy lunch at Le Coco, a French/Polynesian restaurant overlooking the ocean and Moorea.
After a quick stop at the Marche Papeete to pick up a few souvenirs, we returned to the Sojourn.
LES TIPANIERS RESORT
A perfect place to spend a perfect day on Moorea.
Captain Tim Roberts blew the horn and it was time to head off to the fabled island of Bora Bora.
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