Surprisingly Lush Huahine

Trip Start Feb 11, 2010
Trip End Apr 04, 2010

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Flag of French Polynesia  , Society Islands,
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010:  We arrived at Huahine early in the morning.  It is a beautifully lush, mountainous, volcanic 'double' island in the Society Islands of French Polynesia, together measuring about 10 miles long by 8 miles wide.  The two islands, Huahine Niu (big) & Huahine Iti (little) are separated by a sandbar during low tide.  We entered a very narrow passage into the Huahine Nui harbor and moored to an offshore buoy.  After being tendered ashore to the sleepy village of Fare, I walked down the waterfront beach and went snorkeling to the coral heads offshore.  They appeared as mostly dead corals with some colorful small fishes and sea anemones.  The surge was very strong and took all of my effort to stay in place.  Exhausted but thrilled, and all too soon, I went ashore and back to the ship to shower and change.  Then back on the tender to the small village to get some Coke Light for my duty free rum on-board. 

This is another day of eating, partying and laughing.  Terrible life we live!  Gail arranged “Solo Travelers” Cocktail Hour at 6:00 PM with the Cruise Director Saskia.  We met in the Piano Bar and about 20 of us showed up.  Surprising how many of us had partners who did not want to come along on this trip.  We had a good time and several of us had dinner together.  I was off to bed soon after.  The ship headed for Rangiroa, and my first "at sea" day (no stops) to the northeast on Thursday.

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