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Tahiti and Moorea
Tahiti, after the wide-open lagoons and turquoise colours of the Tuamotus, was a shock.  Papeete, the capital city of the Society islands, was a mass of roaring traffic and pollution so after spending a couple of pricey nights tied alongside the once busy town quay near the busy road we snuck off round the corner and once again found beauty, peace and quiet and those lovely turquoise anchorages.  Being a part of France we had good access to a Carrefour Supermarche which was heaven, almost literally, after having no real access to decent food shops since February!  Fresh French bread, brie and wine: bliss.  Oh, but you pay about double the supermarket prices in the UK.

From Tahiti we sailed to Moorea, an absolutely stunning island, which we were expecting to be overrun by tourists: not so.  Our first anchorage on the east side of the island was deserted and we anchored in water so clear that we could see our anchor and chain on the sand in the moonlight.  We spent subsequent days in Cook’s Bay and Oponahu Bay where we again found total solitude and scenery that is simply stunning.  In Moorea I did three dives beyond the protective reef that surrounds the island, diving with Black-tip and Lemon sharks amongst pristine coral; I even saw clown fish (you know, Nemo)  hiding in an anemone, a long term want for me.  As a family we swam amongst sting-rays that would literally eat out of your hand!  With the people being amongst the friendliest we have ever met we loved Moorea.
Date(s): July 2007. Album by Gerard Coulson. Photos by Gerard Coulson. 1 - 53 of 53 Total. 28196 Visits.
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Tahiti - Venus point in the early morning after a heavy night of wind and rain at sea

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Approaching Papeete

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Tom gets a long overdue short back and sides

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Me next!

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Clarabella and Myrdinn alongside the town quay

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At anchor overloooking Moorea

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On a 'Le Truck', the public transport

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Ashore at Venus point

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The Venus Point lighthouse

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On tghe wall of the lighthouse

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At Venus Point we stumble on an outrigger-canoe race

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Le Truck

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Moorea at sunset

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Leaving Tahiti astern

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and Moorea is ahead

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Hills of Tahiti

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Approaching Moorea

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The colour of water we anchor in

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The hills of eastern Moorea

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A hotel on Moorea

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A lovely anchorage

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Leaving through the pass you can see the reef and the quiet water in the lagoon

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Clarabella at anchor in Cook's Bay

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Cook's Bay from the shore

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In Oponohu Bay

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Clarabella - bootm right - at anchor beneath the towering Mt Rotui

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Ashore walking in a  fruit plantation

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At anchor in Robinson's Cove

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What a beautiful anchorage this was

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M falls in love with some local stray kittens

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Robinson's cove

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Anchored, with the stern tied to a palm tree

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The girls with the kitten - it was hard to leave this little one behind

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another sweetie

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Mt Tohiea, as seen in the film South Pacific

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At anchor in Pigs bay, on the other side of Oponohu

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Picture postacrd stuff

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Cook's Bay seen from the Belvedere

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and Oponohu

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the boys

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Tahiti and Moorea 43

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Dolphins at the head of Oponohu Bay

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Swimming with rays 1

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Swimming with rays 2

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Swimming with rays 3

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Swimming with rays 6

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Swimming with rays 4

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Swimming with rays 5

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Tom leaps from the ratlines

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we leave Moorea in the setting sun as we head for Huahine

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