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Oceania » French Polynesia » Moorea April 8th 2020

Let me give you a tip, never ask your wife where she would like to go for your 40th Wedding Anniversary ! Her answer, "Always wanted to go to Tahiti" So in March 2019, I booked for us to travel with Air Tahiti Nui, from Sydney, via Auckland to Papeete. This was a really good flight and also gave us the opportunity to fly onwards to Los Angeles to visit our daughter and me the opportunity for another trek. But thats for another story. So, when planning, my wife had decided that she didnt want to island hop, but stay for a week on one island and chill. She chose Moorea Island, a short distance form Papeete. After arriving in Papeete, we stayed at a hotel close to the airport and figured we would catch the ... read more
Moorea Island
Moorea Island
Moorea Island

Oceania » French Polynesia » Moorea October 27th 2019

I would suggest it's almost every traveller's dream to visit French Polynesia. The stunning images of five star resorts perched on pylons over the water with private aquariums underfoot teeming with marine life fulfills our wildest dreams ... and hopes for that perfect honeymoon! For as long as I can remember I've shared in the dream of visiting this polynesian paradise, and after many years exploring other travel destinations I have to pinch myself to realise I'm finally here! I hope all has been well with you, dear reader, and that you will enjoy the next three weeks of adventures in French Polynesia. The islands are famous for their pristine marine environment, and it's a genuine pleasure to embark on this once in a lifetime trip! From Sydney it's three hours flight time across the ditch ... read more
Resorts on the water
Amazing viewpoint
Beach life

Oceania » French Polynesia » Moorea November 13th 2018

Dateline: November 10, 11 and 12, 2018, Intercontinental Hotel, Moorea Dolphins, Turtles and Easy Days Bonjour…Well dinner at the hotel last night was wonderful. The food was very French and delicious. However, since this is an island and…since this is an upscale resort, everything is very pricy. Add to that portions that are too large for us to finish…we decided to take the advice of the newlyweds going for liquor at the airport, and walk 10 minutes to a tiny grocery store. It is hot and humid and an uphill walk to the store but t has everything we need for some lunches and dinners. The woman who runs the store speaks French and English. She is so gracious and helped us with our shopping. With a French baguette in hand and some salami, cheese, crackers ... read more
Dolphin Encounter
The lagoon
Turtle that was shot with a harpoon in the neck

Oceania » French Polynesia » Moorea September 17th 2018

My first stop in French Polynesia was Moorea, a short ferry ride across from Tahiti - it was a fantastic start. I read a description that I loved that said the island looks like a series of shark fins sticking out of the water - it does, with beautiful green mountains in every possible direction, circled by a lagoon with gorgeous blue water. It was a great place to explore - mountains to climb, good kayaking to smaller islands (called motus), snorkeling, and WHALE WATCHING. If you're lucky, this involves watching them from in the water - it was an amazing experience, one of my favorite things ever - I went twice and wish I'd signed up for additional days. When the males sing you can feel the vibrations coming through the water, and the second ... read more
Perfect shades of blue

Oceania » French Polynesia » Moorea November 7th 2017

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 ... read more

Oceania » French Polynesia » Moorea November 15th 2016

I was definitely unprepared for how beautiful Moorea was. From the crystal clear waters to the breathtaking mountains all around. Having the opportunity to swim in the open waters with reef sharks and stingrays has to be by far the most incredible thing I have ever experienced.... read more
Canoe ride

Oceania » French Polynesia » Moorea June 3rd 2015

The third day of snorkeling and motu picnic and we should be bored but frankly we aren’t and neither are the other folks we have been snorkeling and picnicking with. Definitely could spend the winter months here but not sure we could afford it. So far to travel if we could… May need a bigger muumuu soon!... read more
Our Home at Moorea
So Beautiful

Oceania » French Polynesia » Moorea August 19th 2014

Moorea: Once you explore Moorea you’ll see why even its shape reflects this islands nature. Sheer perfection, it is fromed like an isosceles triangle, with two mountainous sides joining at Mt. Tohivea. The other side is cut by tow bays, Cook and Opunchu, each of which is a little over half in a mile in width. From the air it appears as a beautiful green butterfly floating over a tranquil blue seas. It is no wonder that parts of the movie South Pacific featuring Bali High were filmed here. The weather today was hot, hot, hot, 37 degrees with very high humidity, we made no plans but on going ashore decided to team up with another four passengers and do a two hour tour of the island. We were so glad we did the scenery was ... read more
Bali High
Natural Fruit Farm

Oceania » French Polynesia » Moorea March 20th 2014

This. Place. Is. AMAZING! When we hopped on the ferry boat to head here from Tahiti, we didn't know just how beautiful the island we were approaching would be. There she was, out of the water and clouds like heaven on Earth. Spiking her green and magnificent mountain tops into the air, piercing through a perfect halo of white fluffy clouds, floating there like a dream in the bluest water I've ever seen. So blue, it made you think the colors in the Crayola box crayons were dull and boring. This is like the story books tell us as children, dreaming of far away and exotic lands. When we arrived, we had arranged a stay at the Polynesian (Tiahura) Dream Lodge, a private bungalow home on the lagoon on the West side of the island. Unfortunately, ... read more
ATV Trek

Oceania » French Polynesia » Moorea January 18th 2014

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013. Luv me, tender. This morning I go on a final island tour to explore the last of the islands we’ll be visiting, Moorea. I meet the tour group at 8 am then tender over to the island where we board an air conditioned bus. We stop at one of the zillion churches on the islands. Our tour guide points out that when Europeans came to the islands, natives had three gods and one religion. Now they have one god and 10 religions. Pretty funny. There's a cemetery outside the church. It's the first cemetery I've seen on any of the islands since people prefer to be buried on their own land. Next stop the Tiki Theatre where we get a demonstration of tie dye, how to tie a sarong, and native dance. ... read more
One last tour

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