Off to Taha’a tomorrow! Well, actually a little motu called Tautau off of Taha’a after flying into Raiatea and taking a boat to Taha’a and another boat to the motu Tautau.
My family visited us in Tahiti over their children’s spring break. After meeting them at the airport and donning them with laes, we went by Henrittas, a favorite French bakery, for the coissants. While in Tahiti we surfed at Papenoo beach, boogie boarded at Point Venus, went to the local markets and ate at the roulettes. During an inland safari to the volcano crater in the middle of the island, we saw high water falls, swam in cool streams and learned about the local flora. It was going into the rain forest- we called it Jurassic Park. At 5 am Trisitan ran through the local town with us to the cacophony of roosters crowing. We swam in our pool, had drinks watching the sunset and rode the waves at our black sand beach. They went on an introductory dive, and Dirk, who is certified, said the equipment is much easier now! They saw a ship wreck, a plane wreck and tons of fish including sharks. Nicholas, who is 10, snorkeled in the lagoon with me.
We took a side trip to Moorea. We went up to the viewpoint and saw the island from up high. On the way up there was an archeological site of an old temple that we explored. We stayed in an over water bungalow where Nicholas loved jumping off the balcony into the turquoise water. There was a Polynesian show at the tiki village where our group participated and we tasted native delicacies! We snorkeled from our bungalow and even saw a ray swim by the first evening and had an octopus staying under our bungalow. We kayaked and saw the large sea turtles at the turtle sanctuary. We swam and petted stingrays, and were surrounded by numerous black tipped sharks. Of course we saw numerous beautiful colorful fish while snorkeling near a neighboring motu. Overhead we saw an albatross in flight.
One of the highlights was swimming with the dolphins.
We returned to Tahiti and said a sad goodbye and gave them their shell necklaces.