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... selling the fish he just caught.
We stopped at the open air café and had some Tahitian beers. It was so hot out that mom and split a beer. These were big beers and 5% alcohol in them. Being the big beer drinkers we let dad finish it. The first couple of sips of the really cold beer were good. Then it got warm.
We came back on the ship for lunch. Hamburgers and grilled chicken sandwiches sounded good ...
... and my nephews which was fun. I sipped on mango juice and had a vegetarian Panini with French fries! Yummy! J
Our next stop is Rarotonga, Cook Islands which is part of New Zealand tomorrow. Then we have another 5 days at sea and then 6 days in a row at various ports in New Zealand. So stay ...
Our first day was great, but there is so much more to come. I couldn't wait to see what the Coral Gardens held for us today!
So we began with the sun high in the sky and the heat being too much to stand so we decided why not go to the Gardens now? First though we had a breakfast of fruit the locals gave us costing $5. The scuba instructor helped us with everything and ran us through any situation ...
... left the port at 5:00 because the direction out was supposed to be quite challenging. Well it
was!! The island is completely surrounded by coral reefs and the channel is a bit tricky to manoeuvre through. There were many spots where we were probably only a few hundred feet from a reef. At one point it looked totally like a sand bar with waves crashing ashore. ...
... of Tahiti, Moorea, Maiao, Mehetia and Tetiaroa.
Raiatea also played the role of a religious center beginning in the XVIth Century. The large Taputapuatea marae was built at Opoa in the southeastern part of the island and was dedicated to Oro, the Polynesian god of war. The Oro cult later spread to the Windward Islands, resulting in the construction of maraes on Moorea and Tahiti. Unlike Tahiti, the "sacred" Raiatea has conserved many ...
Other places to stay in Raiatea
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