French Polynesia. Turquoise lagoons, magnificent coral reefs and lush Islands.
We arrived in Tahiti and spent 4 days in the capital Papeete. Tour de island with the local busses a great exercise for our patience! No timetable! Tahiti is not a must. Not a lot of attractions (besides form the gated areas around the international hotels with swimming pools and 25 US cheeseburgers!). We found it more interesting to sneak peak into the everyday life in French Polynesia.
The attraction in French Polynesia are the Islands. Or more precise the blue lagoons surrounding the islands. We did an 8-day cruise with a 62 feet catamaran. 10 nice guests and now new friends: Shawn & Susan, Ron and Dana, Jim & Caroline, Patrick and Veronika. A captain and two lovely Polynesian girls (Larla & Mom). The last two did all they could to make the best holiday for all of us.
We visited the islands: Raiatera, Bora Bora, Taha & Taha’aa and Huahine. Each day we were invited to join “the small boat” and go snorkeling. We saw small sharks, manta rays, stingrays, coral gardens and 100 of different fish in the most fantastic colors. Amazing!
On Huahine we rented a car and drove around the island. Amon others we visited a vanilla farm, pineapple farm, Pearl farm furthermore we enjoyed the beautiful view from the overwhelming lush island.
It is hard to describe the water. Just think 50 shades of blue/green from almost transparent to dark, dark blue. From shallow water with full visibility to 300 m deep sea. Incredible!
Each night the boat anchored in a new beautiful lagoon. In the sunset we were served the most delicious food – primarily fish, often white tuna. Lovely!
The cruise will be added to one of many highlights of our trip around the world.
Tahiti and Papeete
8 days cruise in French Polynesia
The under water pictures is by Patrick Captein.