I write from desk while at anchor in Opunohu Bay, Moorea; our original schedule had us going into Cook’s Bay, 3/4 of a mile to the east, however the pier to which we would have tendered is being renovated, hence our anchoring here.
We arrived here at 7 a.m., having departed Papeete at the uncivilised time of 5 a.m. this morning and a 4 a.m. call for me 🙄
Yesterday (23rd) we spent the day and overnight in Papeete, Tahiti. Docking at 8 a.m. on a beautiful day, the berth close to the city centre.
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I had the luxury of going on a tour of the west-coast of the island, however, before I did so, the ladies went shopping! 😉
The 4 of us set off, heading west, along the coast road, with our driver ‘Sam’. Stopping at various spots for a photo-shoot. Having seen the east coast, some years ago, the west is far more picturesque (and as a consequence, the property more expensive).
We visited sacred sites or ‘Moorae’ which is a space for ceremonial, social and religious activities.
The lush vegetation is a paradise for flowers and fruit, it is growing everywhere, cultivated and wild. Breadfruit, Mangoes, coconuts, bananas, lemon, like, oranges, papaya; you name it, it grows.
And so to Moorea today, the 24th. I’m staying on board and thus limited to the area surrounding the ship. You could always go back in the archives and find more photos of the island though!
We still have Ollivier, (sic) our French pilot with us, (he leaves us today when we leave Moorea).
We leave here at 5 p.m. local and head towards our next port, the island of Rarotonga. This has always been a nemesis for me, I have yet to manage to tender guests ashore. Our tender ‘port’ is Avatui, on the north coast, where it is prone to all the vagaries that mother-nature can throw at it; swell and wind being the predominant factors in my decision-making process. Let’s hope that it will be 4th-time lucky for me, I’ll see on the 26th………