MOOREA ISLAND (French Polynesia). March 4

Trip Start Feb 18, 2008
Trip End Apr 01, 2008

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Flag of French Polynesia  , Society Islands,
Tuesday, March 4, 2008

A clarification, Moorea is the sister island of Tahiti, you can see his silhouette from Papeete that is only 17 km away. There are several ferries that make the trip in just over 30 minutes. This island has has a barrier reef that surrounds it and creates an inner lagoon of turquoise waters that impresses, but the vegetation is not as exuberant as in Tahiti, as they have used the land for coconut plantations. The beaches are better, but make no mistake, not like the Caribbean, even these are better than it the Spanish beaches. It is a relatively small island, a day is enough to visit if you buy a Circle Island Tour.
We leave tomorrow to catch the ferry, it was raining, but then stopped when we got to Moorea. There we picked up a tourist bus and began the journey to north on the only road around the island that is shaped like a heart. We stopped at a small bay Maharepa for to do accurate pictures of the silhouette of Mount Fairurani, which appears on the coin 50 francs Polynesians.
Then we climbed to the viewpoint of The Belvedere, located in the heart of the island from where you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the bays of Cook and Opunahu. On the way up we stopped to visit the archaeological remains of a village and pineapple plantations.
And more commercial, they took us to visit a vanilla plantation and a liquor distillery with tasting and sales of these products. We do not buy any bottle, we already had the full quota of supplies Chilean wine for the trip,
Already in the south we stopped at the viewpoint of Tautea, to watch the colors of the lagoon , hotels on stilts and eat at the Sofitel Hotel, just as it began to rain again. Collection and return to the pier.
The next day we still had time say goodbye to  Tahiti, to their wives with the Tiare flower in the ear, such as Gauguin immortalized,t o a tropical tree called Memiso that every day we did a sort of cherry-flavored sweetened condensed milk, to our Kiriki rooster that woke us every day and then walked before us like all the chickens in Papeete, even  they are under the McDonalds  tables, to the color of its parks, but especially the hospitality of its people. If I get lost looking in Tahiti !

You'll find more pictures of Moorea Island at this link. Use the Google translator top of the page:
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