Trip Start May 10, 2005
Trip End May 11, 2006

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Sunday, August 7, 2005

I'd heard an American saying to some people that Tahiti was over-rated, so I was a little disturbed to hear this as we were en-route. However, having arrived at midnight (obviously in the dark) it was with huge delight we woke to find out our hostel was located right on the coastline with the most spectacular view of the clear blue ocean, via the palm tree as I did the washing up from the covered but open kitchen area. Can I take this view home with me please. The sunset over the volcanic island of nearby Moorea was wonderful as was the night sky with clear visibility of the Milky Way no less!! We discovered we'd hit a long weekend in Tahiti and trying to find reasonably priced accommodation on Moorea Island (which had been recommended) proved difficult, but luck was on our side and we got the last double 'room' on a campsite for three nights. The following day we, therefore, took the local bus, then catamaran and then the island bus to our campsite idylically situated on the ocean front. The cold showers a small price to pay for such a setting and spectacular sunsets, which I hope the photos will justify! We were paying 22 quid a night for the two of us, whereas the cheapest accommodation at the nearby Intercontinental Hotel was 225 pound for little more than we had basically. Who needs air conditioning and hot water anyway, when the sea was lovely to swim in!! Robinson Crusoe would be jealous of the tiny islands we overlooked. We were told that you could visit the 'Turtle Hospital' at the above hotel for free (that's how come we had such a good nosy there!!). The turtles were great, from four babies to one over four foot in length, most of which will be set free when they have recovered from their various injuries etc. We were not so keen on the over touristy "touch and kiss a Dolphin" enclosure which guests seemed happy to be heavily overcharged for. It was very false but at least I can say I have seen a Dolphin smile for the camera (poor things!!). Next day we took a walk in each direction along the beach, swimming, tropical hairband making (perhaps I have found my vocation) reading under palm trees .... you know, the hard things in life to bear!! Next day it was back over to Tahiti to our garden bungalow, feet from the ocean again for our two night pre 30th anniversary treat (our own loo plus warm showers). The whole two days were yummy and this was a delightful and tranquil experience.
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