On many South Pacific Islands sailors anchor their boat in front of
the Church. When we entered Papeete Harbor we weren't really sure
what day it was. We got confused crossing the date line. Sure enough
we were a day off in our calculations. Because we came in on a
Sunday we anchored, put up our yellow "Q" flag (meaning quarantined)
and waited for customs to open the next day. In many locations
(including the U.S.) you may NOT get off the boat until local
officials have given you the "OK."
we traveled within the reef we kept the red square markers toward
the island. Sailing between the reef and the island brings one quite
close to underwater obstructions at times. You can see the beautiful
over-the-water rooms of the local hotels. If you are a rich
landlubber you can view the fish below from within your room! If you
are boat bums like us you have to go snorkeling.
discover a bamboo forest while touring the island of Tahiti. The
tropical flora on the island includes many species unique to Tahiti
(as well as this strange red fauna!).
black sand beach is the landing place for both Captain Cook and
Captain Bligh. Both Captain Cook and Captain Bligh landed in Matavi
Bay. There are historic markers ashore to commemorate both
occasions. Additionally, early missionaries landed here.
Polynesian Islands have a rich tradition. These Tikis have a home of
their own. Attempts to move them off the island have resulted in
disaster - including death!
visiting Papeete one should NOT miss this outdoor multiethnic
eating/entertainment plaza. This cruise ship plaza is located
conveniently for cruisers of yachts & ships, land tourists and
locals. This is a special experience and a great meeting place. The
roasted goat in the foreground was delicious!
Tahitians are out in the harbor practicing every day (except
Sunday). We were impressed with the dedication and strength of the
Tahitian paddlers. Men, women and children excel at this sport. They
engage in inter-island and international competitions. We presumed
that the car tires on the bows of these canoes were designed to slow
them down and build the paddlers' strength.
romantic entrance to Opunohu Bay in Moorea! Approaching Moorea is
everything you ever imagined a tropical island to be. The unique
geological formations and the tropical climate combine to make this
whole experience magical.
cooly navigates the Quest among the reefs. Scott even piloted us
safely through the narrow passage south of the airport in Tahiti -
giving Jean fits! As a heads up: Numerous yachts end up on the reef
every year by using only electronic navigation that has not been
adjusted for Tahiti.
author's sons create a photo-op for Mom! Anchoring out in Moorea was
an unforgettable experience. A protected anchorage combined with
pristine water and a whole bay to ourselves resulted in incomparable
tropics are known for fast moving weather systems. A short shower
creates a rainbow in Moorea.
We loved the Society Islands of French Polynesia. So, after
visiting them in 2002 (on our way northeast to the U.S.) we
revisited them in
2005. Another great trip!