Moorea South Pacific
19 April 2008 | Gabriella
Tahiti to Moorea 17 29'S:149 49'W and 17 29':149 51'W
It has been a few days and much has happened. The first big news is that our new friends from Crisis Mode, Todd who is now in P. R. with Joe remaining and Emily recently arrived from Mi. are engaged to be married. A very romantic proposal in Tahiti, Joe asking at sunset over looking Moorea to be remembered by Emily's black pearl engagement ring. We celebrated the good news the next day with them by having dinner at Pink Coconuts and afterwards we dinged over to the hotel to watch the Tahitian dancers who were dressed in beautiful costumes. The woman in skirts of grass while flower headbands and necklaces adored both male and female as they danced to the sound of drums.
In the morning Trevor took Emily and Joe on a fishing outing only to comeback cold and drenched from the rain. After the rain had passed we ventured down island looking for a new wave break. One that was said to be smaller ended up being huge and fun to watch. The surf did munch for lunch a surfer or two. The reef can really scrape a person up Trevor and Joe survived.
We never did rent a car but we did take the #1 bus down island to see the sight of the famous surf break " Teahupoo. " The bus ride was long and interesting as we could see more of the terrain of the island passing a waterfall and green mountains not so densely populated. People were helpful on the bus as we needed to change buses and caring passengers kept us from getting lost.
As Wednesday has arrived Emily flies home to MI. and Ted and Bill arrive Gabriella in the late night. Durning the day Trevor and I went with Joe and Emily for one last snorkel as it was a calm day we took the dingy down to the 2nd surf break to see some new underwater territory. The reef was flatter here looking around I saw my first Polynesian turtle everyday something new appears, earlier it was a spotted eagle ray. While on return to Gabriella a pod of porpoise came to play jumping and diving under the dingy with Trevor being towed behind filming. I joined him in the deep blue water feeling like shark bait while enjoying the view of porpoise in the wild swimming diving deep into the blue.
Our evening entertainment while Ted was the Keys, Trevor and I watched Prison Break on dvd modern life aboard. Ted and Bill have arrived and tomorrow we will set sail to Moorea the Island I have been looking at for the past two weeks.
Thursday morning and it is windy 20 plus! To fill the dingy with fuel before departing Tahiti we all went ashore. I met with Matt from Iaoranet who assisted me in resetting my computer after a crash or two. I am having new complications. Returning to Gabriella Ted notices and is total baffled about newly purchased cleaning supplies missing. I t would be a funny thing to steal with all the electronics aboard this is a new mystery one we may not be able to solve.
A three hour sail and we arrive Moorea. The island is everything the guide book writes and more. The mountain peaks speak of the majesty of its Creator. Words and pictures cannot describe what your eyes see and your heart feels while looking out into this wonder of creation. Brilliant green reflects in the light of the life on the mountainsides , tall palms, trees ,red flowers in the canopy and a very tall tree which reaches out bringing my mind to look for a giraffe thinking this particular tree may be in Africa also. The water is clear and bright full of sea life. The coral formations are smaller as we are in the shallows filled with colors of pink, pastel glowing blue and lavender. The sand bottom reflects the sun giving off the beautiful color of tropical water, a sea of emerald and turquoise filling the eyes with delight. Under a coral head was a turtle peering out resting in the peace of the day. We parted company both going on our merry way. I love to swim and it has been just wonderful in this part of the world. I saw a flounder of the Pacific who blended into the sandy bottom resting in the rocky coral formations. Eels peer out in the evening and the colorful tiny tropicals swim in and out of the crevices, their home in the coral reef. I have seen more of the christmas looking creature climbing up on the coral and also moving along. Ted came across an octopus and as we return to Gabriella I see in the sand more shells moving across the bottom, life is abundant. The more I look the more life I see ,the beauty surrounding me a sure blessing from above.
When a familiar boat appears carrying faces of friends it is a joyful time. Sailing vessel Crisis Mode has arrived in the anchorage carrying Captain Todd who has returned from P.R. with his beautiful mom ,joining him and Joe. We greet with big smiles as we are on the same path.
It has been two night in Moorea and it is time to move on, destination Raiatea. See you there!