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This was when we got off the plane in Papeete, Tahiti.
Thursday we docked in Huahine, pronounced (Who-wa-hee-nee) it was one of my favorite places to be. We went on another excursion, this one my Grandad paid for everyone to go on. We took a catamaran ride to the middle of the barrier reef and went to a pearl farm. It was fun because it’s just a hut in the middle of the ocean, but we each picked out black pearls from the island and we’re getting them for Christmas and we were taught how they harvest and open the shells. It was kind of fun, then we rode a little ways out and we went snorkeling, we saw a lot of cool fish, but I think the fun part was that we were just with our family. After a little while of 50 people snorkeling, we finished riding the catamarans to a private “motu” (island) our guides played Tahitian music for us and sang, while the other guides were getting lunch together for us. We swam in the beautiful water, watched our guide teach us about the many uses of coconuts, and show us how to cook fresh fish. I’ve never been a big fan of coconut, but I really learned to love that and pineapple. We ate lunch on picnic tables in the middle of the water and afterwards we had a fashion show. Our guides dressed all of the girls up in pareos (pronounced Pa-ray-o’s) which you could also call a sarong, we learned the typical Tahitian dance and we paraded around the island wearing the pareos and dancing. It was a beautiful day, the water was so warm and we had so much fun. This was agreeably one of the highlights of everyone’s trip.
Friday we docked in Rangiroa, this was an atoll. It was a completely circular island, and you could walk around the island in about a half an hour. Friday James and I went onto the island and we walked around. We didn’t really do that much, but we found lots of hermit crabs and we saw a whole bunch of dolphins swimming not too far off shore. We really wanted to go out and swim with them, but neither of us had our swimming suits on and we didn’t bring enough clothes to get what we were wearing all wet.
Saturday we spent some of the day in Rangiroa, this time most of our family got off. We had the intention of going swimming. First we passed by all of the huts on the water and we got a tour of them. Some of them rent for $15,000 a night. Holy cow! Anyway then the people gave us a whole bunch of bread to feed the fish. Well we fed the fish alright, then Curt was really hungry and came over to get the bread, but the fish just circled around him so that they could still eat. The water was really beautiful there, it was so clear and shallow. It was amazing! We finally finished feeding the fish and we went swimming and snorkeling. We saw the first sting rays of the trip and got the worst sun burns of the trip! After we got back on board, we started out for our day at sea.
Sunday was spent completely at see, we were heading for
On Monday we were in
Tuesday was the first day in
Our second day in
This was the motu that we spent our time on in Bora Bora. We loved it here!
Our second to last day was in Moorea. Home of Bali Hi (anyone seen South Pacific?). It was so fun, we kept singing the Indiana Jones theme song, because we were riding in the back of trucks, which had benches in them and we were driving about as crazy as the ride at Disneyland. It was so fun though, we drove up the mountains and into a volcanic crater. It was really neat, the crater now is a farm and grows pineapple, avocado, grapefruit, noni, bananas, coconuts, and basically everything tropical. We had samples of everything and I loved it all! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat pineapple and enjoy it ever again. The fruit over there is truly amazing. Another thing that I really loved was all of the flowers. Their flowers grow on their own. They are so beautiful and they smell so wonderful, and since
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