Anticlockwise around Moorea

Trip Start Jul 02, 2009
Trip End Jun 28, 2010

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Flag of French Polynesia  , Society Islands,
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Moorea is the closest island to Tahiti and easily done as day trip on the ferry although there is an airport there.   I set off under the bluest skies I'd encountered since arriving in French Polynesia a week before.  It was a calm crossing and the only clouds visible were hanging over Tahiti and Moorea. Soon we were docking at Vaiare.

I'd decided that the best option was to rent a scooter for the day since that had worked very well for exploring Raiatea and there was a scooter rental place in the ferry terminal.  The lady working there showed me to my steed and gave me some basic instruction before making me demonstrate that I understood how to operate the stand.  She casually mentioned that they don't rent motorised two-wheeled transport to tourists in Tahiti because it's just too dangerous there and they were losing too many of them.  Not that I was planning to take too many risks in Moorea, especially since the rental package didn't even offer an option of insurance.

I set off round the island in a counter-clockwise direction and stopped to take in the view of Tahiti, wreathed in cloud, in the distance and the shallow lagoon in the foreground.  Nearby was some up-market accommodation that might not be the best place in which to hide from what the Japanese would term a harbour wave.

Soon I was rattling along like a panzer thrust through the Ardennes and before long I'd arrived at Cook's Bay.  Guderian would have been impressed with my progress.

I headed inland up to do a bit of exploring and found a lookout where I chilled for a bit and got pics of Cook's Bay and Oponohu Bay.  A group of cyclists was there and I was trying to figure out what they were speaking.  I asked if they were Russian and it turned out they were Czechs and Slovaks.  Happily they were not offended by my question or perhaps they were just being diplomatic.  Just as well that I wasn't asking Germans if they were Swiss or Glaswegians if they were form Edinburgh. 

There are some archaeological sites not too far from the lookout.  Nothing like on the scale of Marae Taputapuatea in Raiatea but still worth checking out.  The platforms were used in a game of archery.   I rode back down to the coast and stopped at a beautifully painted church.  This was the last photo I took on Moorea because ten minutes later the heavens opened.

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