We arrived in to the bustling city of Papeete. We decided to stay at the Papeete Marina in the heart of the city (http://marinadepapeete.com). The price was comparable to the other marina outside of the city. It is called Marina Taina.
We enjoyed Papeete. It was strange though, everything shut down early. The bustling city would become a ghost town by night.
We did enjoy the ability to shop, shop, shop. I was able to get some retail therapy in, which was nice. There are lovely fabric stores, everything shops and a fruit, veggie, and souvenir market. It is a nice market but, is one of the more expensive markets that we have come across in our travels.
|the dinghy ride over|
|a tiki out front|
|in the truck on the way to the ranch|
|waiting for the horses|
|all saddled up and ready to go|
|the views along the way|
|Shaun teeing off|
|Shaun's happy place|
|at the end of one of the fairways|
|if you miss the green, this is where the ball will end up|
|me teeing off|
|a view looking down from one of the higher tee boxes|
|the beginning hand drawn outline|
|during the process|
|the finished product on one side|
|the finished product on the other side|
|a ray and a black tip in behind|
|look at that water|
|young vanilla pods|
|45 year old vanilla vines|
|Element on the mooring ball|
Raitea and Tahaa
It was time to leave Huahine and make the short 21 mile hop over to Raiatea and Tahaa. These two islands are located in the same coral lagoon. We grabbed a mooring ball outside the marina so we were close to land.
We weren't impressed with the area we were in, in Raiatea, there was a lot of smelly areas as we walked.... We decided that it would be best if we headed over to Tahaa.
|a birds eye view of Element|
|the pass that we snorkeled|
|Paige free diving to see the clown fish|
Our last stop in the Society Islands was the famous Bora Bora. It is a beautiful place, but my heart is definitely in Mo'orea. The views are stunning!
Our first stop was at Maikai Marina Yacht club. They have mooring balls and allow people using the mooring balls to access the pool. Fairly close to the yacht club there are food trucks that we frequented. Good food, large portions, and reasonable.
The kids were fortunate enough to be able to spend time with some other kid boats while we were in Bora Bora.
|Element on a mooring ball at Maikai Marina Yacht Club|
|kids in the pool with Element in the distance|
|some of the over water bungalows|
|a cute puppy|
|Jordan having a little help with the dye|
|the rubber templates that are used to lay on top of the drying pareo|
|several pareos drying int he sun|
|our newly tied pareos|
|for thousands of dollars a night you could stay in these bungalows|
|2018 Heiva opening ceremony|
|Bloody Mary dinner|