|FUN FACTS: TAHITI
• Tahiti and Her Islands cover over two million
square miles of the South Pacific Ocean and is
comprised of five great archipelagos with 118 islands.
• Hawaii gets more visitors in 10 days than Tahiti
does in an entire year.
• It’s common for men and women to put a tiare
(Tahiti’s national flower, a fragrant white blossom)
behind one’s ear -- left side you’re taken,
right if you’re looking.
• The translation of Papeete (Tahiti’s capital)
is "water basket".
|Papeete in Tahiti has their open Market on Sunday mornings
It is packed with local fruit, artesian crafts and fresh fish.
|Reef fish, the kind
you see when
common food for
the Tahitians, such
as this Queen
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|FUN FACTS: MOOREA
• Moorea is known as "The Island of Love,"
• Moorea means "yellow lizard" which is a name taken
from a family of chiefs
• There are no poisonous snakes or insects in
• Those things that look like LONG mail boxes outside
the homes of Tahitian residents are not for mail, but for
French bread delivery. Residents get a fresh loaf dropped
off twice a day. But alas, they must go to the post office
to retrieve their mail!
|Paradise on the west coast of Moorea
became the perfect place to celebrate our
|Eileen, the proprietor of Fenua Mataioa
created the perfect setting in this magical
place with an ambiance like no other.
|FUN FACTS: TAHITI
• Bora Bora is known as "The Romantic Island."
• The letter "B" does not exist in the Tahitian
language. Bora Bora is actually Pora Pora, meaning
first born, but early visitors heard it as Bora Bora
• The ultimate private island escape, Motu Tapu is
the most photographed isle in the South Pacific.
This tiny motu, just a few hundred yards from the
main island of Bora Bora, is best described as the
world's most perfect to relax.
• There are more hotel rooms in a typical Las Vegas
hotel than on all 118 islands of French Polynesia.
|A great time seeing
the island by way of a
4x4 and straight up
|World War II Coastal
Defense Guns were seen
at the top of one of three
mountains we explored
|Mary and I joined our dear friends
Charlie and Suni from the S/Y Cosmos
to hike to the summit of Bora Bora's
most famous mountain ~ Mt Pahia
A strenuous 8hr excursion, the trail
begins downtown Vaitape.
En route to the summit we passed
beautiful orchards, mape (Polynesian
chestnut tree) and Jurassic park sized
fern forests, and along the edges of
craggy grey cliffs where ropes were left
by previous explorers to aid in meeting
|Scenes from around
|Bloody Mary's is a
popular stopover for
sailors, and boaters