Sailing to the north end of Moorea
26 August 2009 | Moorea
Jane - weather is sunny
We woke to another beautiful day and after breakfast Brad spotted dolphin swimming toward Kattywompus (until a tour boat headed them off). We pulled up anchor and set sail for the north side of the island. It was a nice sail viewing the island from different angles. We passed through the reef and anchored to the northeast of the mouth of Opunohu Bay with lots of other boats.
Moorea means "yellow lizard" in Tahitian. From above, the shape of the island vaguely resembles a heart, with its two nearly symmetrical bays opening to the north side of the island: Cook's (or Paopao) Bay and Opunohu Bay. The island was formed as a volcano 1.5 to 2.5 million years ago.
Charles Darwin was inspired for his theory regarding the formation of coral atolls when looking down upon Moorea standing on a peak on Tahiti. He described it as a "picture in a frame," referring to the barrier reef encircling the island. Don the Beachcomber lived here for some time until his houseboat was destroyed by tropical cyclones.