© 2015 mikeandbrynne

Tahaa and Raiatea

 

 

Tahaa is a small remote island of 5000 surrounded by incredible coral reefs and little islands called motus.  It and it’s sister island of Raitea offer some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world due to the perfect water clarity and the wide variety of sealife.  After hearing rave reviews online we booked a “Drift Snorkel” in Tahaa.  A drift snorkel, I learned, takes all the work out of snorkeling—it’s like downhill skiing.  You walk to the end of the motu, jump in the water and the current floats you through the coral garden while you effortlessly enjoy the tropical fish.  I thought it would be the perfect way to take little kids snorkeling.  Truly, it was like being inside a giant aquarium filled to capacity with fish.  Wow!  After three passes through the drift channel we dined on tropical fruit and went to join the rest of our group on a private island that the boat had rented for the day.  I wanted to keep pinching myself to see if it was all real.  I’m sure this is some people’s reality, but this private island, yacht, perfect turquoise water-Tahiti-Society Island thing is certainly NOT my homeschooling mother of 6 kids reality.  It was certainly blissful to be pampered even though we kept thinking of how much the kids would love to be on this adventure with us!  We swam and paddleboarded and snorkeled and lounged and ate delicious barbequed seafood.   Oh…….and the best part was the “sail”/ cruise at the end of the day from Tahaa to our next port at Raiatea was less than 1 hour!  I didn’t even have time to get sick!  Perfect!

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Raiatea

 

Just moments from our dock at Uturoa was the trail for Mount Tapioi, a mountain peak that offers breathtaking views of the reefs and waters around Raiatea.  This 2 mile uphill hike was the perfect way to start our day.

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After a quick lunch we set out with friends for another adventure.  Within minutes of setting off the clouds came in and the rain began to fall.  Not to be deterred, our guide put our kayaks in the water and we headed up the Faroe River-the only navigable waterway in French Polyensia.  It was a great way to spend an overcast day, paddling up and down the river with friends.