Travel Blogs from Uturoa
... up off the bottom so we were all a little surprised when a couple of them came right up within a couple of metres of us. We knew that they weren’t harmful, it was just surprising.
This was another amazing experience.
While we swam around on the surface Shaq free dived (in his black boxers of course) down to the bottom with the pastry chef’s GoPro (yeh, another bloody GoPro). He came up and asked how deep our camera could go and ...
... is still breakfast time here.
Soon, Ken, of La Plage, whom I booked the Champagne trimaran for four hours
for a party of twelve, met us at the pier. I was immediately swept
up by his friendliness and “joie de vivre”.
All aboard, on our beautiful trimaran, I sat giddily, and anxious;
already feeling over my head, and I wasn't even in the water yet.
Ken, our captain for the day, circumnavigated
Our first full day on the ship kept us busy. Our first port was Hauhine, (Who-a-hee-nay) is about 8o miles NW of Tahiti and is part of the Society Islands. It has two mountain ranges (Hauhine Nui (Big) and Hauhine Iti (small.))There is a population of about 6000 here. It was a former whaling port for ships who were going by in May and June.
Through the cruise critic group, we had joined a private excursion to snorkel and see the island. Keith and I inadvertently kept ...
... too and even if we used SPF 50+ sunscreen we got burnt. It must have been more than 40 degrees. And even if we were in a lagoon, there were quite strong currents so paddling was more difficult than we expected. Any physical activity is dangerous there and one should really plan the activities properly...like in the morning or in the late afternoon when the temperatures are not so high.
... punch and drink called Mai Tai which is translated as "I'm feeling good". Seriously...who wouldn't feel good in this paradise :-)
During the dinner I started to scratch everywhere even though there were no mozzies. I knew something was wrong but I was trying to not to think about it and enjoy the stay. I took a shower to wash away the salty water and sand hoping this might help...and went to bed. ...