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Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti August 28th 2015

Day 159 Friday 21 August At sea calm seas 27c scattered clouds Had breakfast then did Zumba, Gail walked and I did some work on the computer. Gail went to choir practice and I read for a while then I we had a cup of coffee. We went to watch Trevor Knight talk about his horses and then at about 3.30 we went up on deck to go to Marie's birthday party. Paul had organised it all and they had quite a crowd there. It was a good afternoon and we met some new people. After about two hours or so we went back our cabin had a shower then went to dinner. We did not go to the show as it was an entertainer we weren't interested in watching. Day 160 Saturday 22 August Papeete, ... read more

Oceania » French Polynesia » Nuku Hiva June 8th 2015

never watched survivor but found it interesting that this is where it was filmed. This island is far removed from everywhere. We took a private tour with Jocelyne and she drove us to a few nice look out points and gave a very good narrative at the same time. By the end of our three and a half hours it started to rain so we were lucky to get some good viewings and photos from the overlooks. Love the way the horses, cows, chickens and pigs are free to roam around. Much caution is needed when driving here. We will be at sea for the next four days as we sail our way to the Hawaiian Islands. We will be home in 30 days and as a fellow passenger stated, "we have to prepare for reentry!" ... read more
Boys in the Band
Our Home is in the Harbor

Oceania » French Polynesia » Rangiroa June 6th 2015

It was a one hour rocky speed boat ride to our destination but so worth it. We saw a real atoll (a ring-shaped reef, island, or chain of islands formed of coral) and the beauty cannot be described. Learned that the Indo-Australian plate and the Pacific Plate are crashing into each other and in some places lifting the earth up. Our stop today showed coral that used to be in the water and is now a wall. Incredible scene! The snorkeling today was wonderful and we saw so many colorful fish. After our picnic, our guide asked if we would like to make a basket and I said I would. He was a patient guy and it turned out to be a lot of fun. Meanwhile, the other guide made hats for all of us out ... read more
More Coral

Oceania » French Polynesia » Huahine June 5th 2015

Although it may seem monotonous to go snorkeling every day and then have lunch on a beach. We don’t feel that way! Similar activities four times this week with another one tomorrow. Not much to say except “Life is good.”... read more
Love the Islands
Lovin Snorkeling
Our Table

Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti June 4th 2015

Always wondered about Tahiti but don’t have to anymore - it wasn’t as pretty as the other islands. It is a larger and has other cities but the port is industrial and as we walked to our destination today it continued to be industrial and commercial. Our goal was to see a waterfall up in the hills so we stopped at the Information Center and they told us that we needed a permit from City Hall. Okay, we got to city hall and finally found the right department where we plunked $12.00 to get our permit. We received a map and directions to get to Fautaua Valley and we were on our way. We estimate it was about 3 miles before we got to the gate in the noon day sun. At the gate they told ... read more
City Hall

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 June 2nd 2015

Woke up in heaven today. Bora Bora is a beautiful island with many surrounding small islands encircled by a coral reef. The color of the water is the real gem here and hard to capture but we did try and try. Patrick, our guide, picked us up in his outrigger wearing, as he stated, his tuxedo (please see photo). He was the full package. He not only looked the part but played his ukulele and sang for us but got in the water with bait to attract the sting rays and sharks, as well as other fish. The snorkeling was really great as the water was calm. After three snorkeling stops we docked at Patrick’s private motu and had drinks and lunch. Grilled mahi mahi and tuna were on the menu along with suckling pig, plantain, ... read more
Shark In Water
High Rent District
Bora Bora

Oceania » French Polynesia » Raiatea June 1st 2015

It rained today in Raiatea. Oh you’ve read that line before? Thankfully it was intermittent and we were able to enjoy all our activities more or less. Once we were all seated in the small outrigger, we were on our way across a lagoon to a vanilla farm and its basic operation and it is pretty basic. Pollinate by hand, pick them, wash, heat in the sun, wrap them up inside to get them to evaporate the water, and massage. Is it any wonder vanilla is so expensive. Off to a pearl farm where we had a pretty quick demonstration of how the oyster is grafted to create a larger pearl. Then inside to see the finished product and make sales. No sale here. Finally we get to go snorkeling. The captain throws out some kind ... read more
Vanilla Beans
View From the Vanilla Farm
Oyster Farm

Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti April 4th 2015

Saturdays 4th– Boarding the Oceania Marina By staying in Papeete we were able to wheel our cases from our hotel down to the ship. Unlike other cruises there was no waiting on the dock, we were directed up the gangway and into a lounge where we were quickly issued our ships passes. After a delicious dinner in one of the specialty restaurants we were able to go back ashore as we were not sailing until early morning. We spent our last evening in Papeete at a brew pub on the waterfront listening to a local band and enjoying the balmy evening. Sunday 5th Moorea – Society Island Arriving early in Moorea we joined a tour with two other couples to travel around Moorea in a mini bus. Our first stop was Belvedere lookout for a wonderful ... read more
Moorea Lagoon

Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti April 2nd 2015

After some unexpected flight changes we finally arrived in Papeete around midnight. On our flight from New Zealand to Papeete we were surprised to find Alex's cousin was flying the plan, this was unexpected and Alex was pleased to catch-up with her cousin after a number of years. We found our hotel the Tahiti Nui in a good location in the middle of town, close enough to walk in for breakfast and then drinks and music in the evening. Our first full day in Papeete was spent taking a tour with a family group of Americans who were great fun, we had lots of laughs in the back of the four wheel drive. Teiva our fantastic tour guide was the owner operator of Tahiti Discovery Tours. Having spent his life living as a traditional Tahitian Teiva ... read more
Tahiti Discovery Tours
Lookout near Papeete

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