23 July 2007 | Moorea, FP
(Morgan) The sail from Tahiti to Moorea was excellent. We saw a pod of dolphins leaving Papeete harbour. Under reefed main and jib, we cruised along averaging over 7 knots with surfs over 8 knots. By early afternoon we were through the pass and into the second bay on the island. We anchored, as it was pouring rain, in a little sand pass between the outer reef and the beach. Just off the sand beach was a shallow coral reef with lots of little fish, only a 100 yard swim from the boat.
On the second day, we took the Rubber Ducky over to Captain Cook Bay. We had a drink at a hotel bar overtop of the reef. Over the railing we watched fish swimming through the coral.
The third day was the highlight and our great island adventure. In the morning we walked/hitchhiked into town and rented a scooter. The scooter adventure was amazing. We completely circumnavigated the entire island. It was a really fun day.
(Vanessa) We visited an amazing archaeological site in the jungle. It was huge and one of the best sites with features I have ever seen, not to mention it was a great hike. We stopped at this local juice factory that makes juices and liquor for all over French Polynesia. The tour was not available but the gift shop was great. They let you sample all the liquors. We bought a bottle of Coconut cream liquor and a small sample pack of other flavors. During our adventure we stopped at 2 amazing lookout points. Another highlight was this agricultural school where I had the best fresh sorbet of my life and Morgan had an unbelievable milkshake. The lunch we had was to die for. It was at a roadside stop. Probably the least expensive meal we have had and the best. Fresh local raw fish in coconut milk, bread, rice, and curried prawns, with 2 large bottles of beer for only $18... WOW! Here that is a real deal.
All in all it was a really great adventure for both of us to get out and see some sites and mix with the locals. We took lots of pictures, including one with the lady who made us our lunch.