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Tahiti & Moorea map (26358 bytes)Moorea is the island closest to Tahiti, and is the destination of most tourists who travel to the Polynesian Islands. We stayed at Hibiscus Hotel bungalows, which were modest accommodation. We rented a car to see the island (a Volkswagen "Thing"). Electric power on Moorea is by generator only, so you should be prepared to cope with a "lights out" time in the early morning hours, especially if you are staying at a small resort.

Opunohu Bay

Here we are on Opunohu Bay with our rental car

The reef lagoon in front of our bungalows
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Earl standing on the coral in the lagoon
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The tallest palms we saw, with me standing beside the road, majestic peaks in the background
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Close-up of one of the more spectacular peaks
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Evelyn Argue, Joe Carr, Sylvia Chu, Ruby & Earl Johnson
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Lush and fertile volcanic ground
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Opunohu Bay, as viewed from a hilltop vantage point
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Opunohu Bay, as viewed from a hilltop vantage point. Notice the pine trees shaped like bottle brushes (no branches because they grow so quickly in this climate)
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Verdant valley
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Fisherman's nets drying on the beach
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Taro crop
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Elementary school
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One of our not-too-bright fellow tourists trying to climb a coconut tree after one too many beers. He fell off, of course! These are the bungalows we staying in at Hibiscus Hotel


(Tahitian Feast)

Menu includes: whole roast suckling pig, poi, breadfruit, taro, ceviche, coconut, rum punch, wine.
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Young vahines
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What a sweetie!
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Lots of enthusiasm
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Fire dancers
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Handsome young fire dancer
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Ground oven - a whole roast pig is in there!
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Uncovering the layers of the ground oven
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Just the hot stones left
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Tradition dictates using only the fingers - no cutlery
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Sylvia Chu with some of the younger performers
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Audience participation

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The End

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Moorea sunset
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Moorea sunset



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