Tahiti and Moorea (French Polynesia)

Trip Start Mar 20, 2006
Trip End Sep 09, 2006

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Sheraton Tahiti (Sup Lagoon)

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Friday, July 7, 2006

Moving on from New Zealand we decide to invent and successfully test our own personal teleport machine. We take off from Auckland at 13:00 on the 7th and then land in Tahiti at 19:00 on the 6th. OK so we crossed the international date line but it still completely fries our brains. As it fooled Phillias Fogg for ages we don´t mind being confused!

We land on Tahiti after dark but it´s just a joy to be back into a warm country. We have a few beers in Papette town and pick up some food before heading off to bed.

In the morning we catch the ferry over to Moorea where we´ve treated ourselves to 2 nights in the Sheraton. For those we didn´t see before we left we have a bungalow thats about 50m out from the beach over a lagoon. The hut has a glass window in the floor from which you can watch l´áquarium (as the locals call it). The hut is everything you could ever want, uninterrupted horizon view from the veranda, free standing bath tub (from which you still have the view). The fish milling round the hut include several boxfish, flute pipefish, a small molray eel as well as numeras wrasps and parrotfish. Snorkeling gear as well as kayaks are complementary. Walk to the shore? No, lets take the boat sweetheart.

So stuck in paradise in a mini palace all to ourselves what do you do? Open the case of NZ Sav Blanc we´ve had the presence of mind to bring obviously! When the doorbell rings just before sunset and a complementary bottle of champagne arrives it really can´t get any better. "Owt you can dance to" (tunes from Nath) and a glorious sunset with bubbles... it´s a perfect moment.

Sore heads in the morning but Rich is out at 8 to dive. Hangovers at 25m deep quickly disappear especially when the visibility is 30m+. The appearance of two 8ft Lemon sharks gets the adrenaline pumping!

Rich gets back at midday after two dives to find Cath paddling onto the beach in the Kayak. A quick change of pants, lunch, a snorkel and then back to doing nought with a chilled glass of vino and the view.

8am and its the world cup final. We´re in french Polynesia and so the locals have an interest in the outcome. Until the end that is and then funnily enough they´re not arsed with the football anymore. Bless.

We stay on Moorea as long as we can but eventually we have to say farewell to paradise and head back to Tahiti and the airport.
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