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Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Tahiti: French Polynesia
Land Ho!!  The island of Tahiti could be seen from over 30 nm away due to the mountains that make up this beautiful island.

To get to the marina, we had to cross the airport landing strips twice and had to ask permission from the control tower so as to not be hit!

Visited the food trucks in Papeete for dinner.

One of the three grottos.

And another..

The flowers here are beautiful.

Hiking to the waterfall and washing the feet from the mud.

Will just sitting on a tree. 

Tatiana hiding in a tree...


The ancient ritual sites of which there are many.  Many have been rebuilt and it is only within the last 50 years that there has been an interest in understanding this ancient culture.

Lighthouse at Point Venus.  
Memorial to the mapping of Venus.
Memorial to the crew of the HMS Bounty.
The blowhole!
Tatiana and Will after a successful hike to the waterfall which was blocked due to recent landslides.
The famous wave a Teahupoo for the surfers.
A ride upriver to go swimming in a cave.
Swimming in the cave
The wave monument in town. 

A beautiful sunset in Tahiti.

Watch out for those corals!  Intercontinental on Moorea.

Swimming with Stingrays at Coco Beach, Moorea.
Lunch at Coco Beach, Moorea.
Turtle Refuge and Rehabilitation Center in Moorea.
ATV adventure in Moorea.  Through the agricultural land where Pineapples, Papaya, Pomelos, Bananas, and more are grown.

Sunset at the anchorage in Moorea.
A misty day.

The happy crew biking on Moorea with the Sofitel resort in the background.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Rangiroa:  French Polynesia

We had a three day sail from the Marquesses to Rangiroa which is one of the islands in the Tuomotos.  These islands are called atolls and are just the rims of volcanoes of which Rangiroa is one of the largest.  Each of the islands has an entrance that must be entered at slack tide as the force of the tide is quite strong.  We were there for about a week and Tatiana and Will were able to catch a flight out of here to go back to Canada for a wedding.  
The pass to enter.  Every night at 5 pm the Dolphins could be seem jumping in the surf and putting on a show in the waves.

The welcoming committee for a cruise boat.

One of the churches on the island we biked by.

Yep.  Reef sharks here too!

The dancing here was more Hawaian in culture and softer than the Haka.  The natives here did not practice canabalism either.  I guess we are safe.  

The wifi cafe with a view.

The over the water rooms of the Kia Dora.

Watch out for the Coral Heads!  The fish love them, but not the dingy engine so much.  

The islands are known for their cultivation of black pearls.  It takes three years for the first pearl and an oyster only gives a pearl every two years.  It is a labor intensive process whereby a plastic bead is placed in the oyster with a bit of black tongue that the oyster creates.  The oyster gives a pearl at 3 years, 5 years and 7 years.  The size of the pearl is dependent on the size of the oyster.  There are cultured black pearls.  The ones created by nature itself without human intervention are very rare.

Harvesting the pearls.

Sunset over Rangiroa.

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Marquesses: Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, and Nuka Hiva

The Marquesses Islands:  Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, and Nuka Hiva.

The islands of the Marquesses are under some direction from the French Government and thus the main language spoken is French.  After crossing the Pacific, it was also nice to find some French Baguettes and french food on the shelves.  :-)  These islands are rainforest in nature and it was not uncommon to have a rain storm everyday, but the rainbow was worth waiting for.  

Hiking to the top of the hill and the waterfall.  

A shrine to the Virgin Mary in the month of May.

We made it to the top where the cross is. 

Getting down was a little more difficult. 

The waterfalls. 

The Art of the Island is created on the bark of trees.

Local dress.  Many of the townspeople turned out when the cargo ship arrived.

The Belgium singer, Brel, was buried here as was....

Gauguin was buried here.

Church on the island.

Trying an outrigger canoe.

The girls with the dancers.

Tatiana making a traditional bracelet.

Evening dances.  The Haka was danced here.

Joe at one of the ancient religious sites.  Luck for him, canabalism is no longer practiced.  The native population used to eat the bodies of the defeated soldiers to obtain their strength.  This practice ended when the French arrived.  We joked that the French brought Catholicism and the Baguette to the area.  Now we see the locals with a couple of Baguettes each.  

An ancient petroglyph of a sea turtle.

The trees here grow large and establish many trunks.

A Tiki

The grand canyon of Nuka HIva.

Boysterous at Bay with all the other Oysters-

Another Tiki.

Brel Museum with the plane Jojo which was also the name of one of his songs.

Will learning the Haka with the dancers and other Oyster participants.

Wild horses on the road.  Drive carefully!

Wild cows were also along the road as were pigs.  We had to stop a couple of times because the bull would not move!

It was great to have such a rugged landscape at the end of our Pacific Crossing.  It was restful, reflective, and full of fun and adventure.  Tatiana and Will were scheduled to fly back from Nuka Hiva, but due to an airline strike, they continued on with us to Rangiroa, Tuomotos.