A good traveler has no fixed plans
And is not intent on arriving.
|Beautiful pirogue at rest|
|Tunic made of tapa, feathers and shells - Tapa is a fabric made of tree bark|
Mostly of Marquesan origin
|Water fountain near caves|
|Largest of Mara'a caves 250' deep, 30' high, 100' wide|
|Oh so lush...|
|Waterfall and lianas (vines)|
|Small stone church by roadside|
|Red tikis from Marae Arahurahu, Marae = abode of gods, Red = sacred color|
|Tahua or sacred courtyard with unu sculptures or pillars of the sky|
|Back of the tahua - the higher areas reserved for priests and males only|
|Porcelain rose - stunning!|
|Our ride returning to Tahiti|
|Crashers outside the reef - they don't reach where this picture is taken from - we are safe|
|Crystal clear water shows reef potatoes|
|From small islet towards reef|
To this date Moorea is our least favorite island. Everyone tells us the same thing: “It was great 20 years ago.” Tourism and growth have destroyed it; and indeed they have. Even though its waters are mostly crystal clear, the lagoon seems dead. On land, many buildings are in ruins, the locals aren’t very welcoming, tired of dealing with booms and busts and many unfinished or broken promises. We do however see a cleaning road crew, on bicycles; collecting trash along the way… trying to give this island a little needed sprucing up.
|Woman fishing the lagoon all day|
|View of crest from bus back to ferry|
I think we could discover Moorea a little further and perhaps get a more positive picture of it over time or with the right connections. It just wasn’t to be this time around. On Moorea are produced the well known Rotui juices seen on nearly everyone’s table in French Polynesia. The company also makes delicious jams and a pineapple wine that is supposed to be quite good. We’ll have to try it next time.
|Church from park in Tahiti|
|Dove perched on tiki|
|Inside pandanu roofing - beautiful|
|Brand new McDonald ad|
A couple of hours later filled with arrows - Tell us how you really feel about McDo!
|Silence Culte sign - When approaching churches/temples|
|Inclined trees sign - move over cars|
|Coffees served on a real slate - only the French|