Nice view from the beach at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort.
Kath outside LAX terminal @ start of trip.
Kath outside LAX terminal @ start of trip waiting for shuttle to the hotel.
A little treat from the cruise line in honor of the occassion
A little treat from the cruise line in honor of the occassion with note from the captain
Stateroom looking towards the starboard side of the ship. Stateroom came with small balcony on the other side of the curtains
Some of the lights near the port in Papeete, Tahiti
Welcoming us to our room
The stateeroom came with a very spacious bathroom, including a full size bathtub.
Just after 6AM ( pre-coffee) the first morning reading up on todays activities.
Sunrise on Day 1 @ 6:22AM
An early morning view of the island of Raiatea.
The island of Tahaa
Looking between the islands of Raiatea(L) and Tahaa
Sunrise 6:30AM at Raiatea
Leaving Raiatea and heading over to Tahaa
Edge of Tahaa in foreground with Bora Bora in the background
The lagoon near Tahaa at 7am
Breakfast on board near Tahaa. Photo taken at stern of ship
Church on shore of Tahaa
Tahaa in foreground with Raiatea in background
View of Bora Bora from Tahaa lagoon
Photo taken from the pool deck (deck 8) looking at Tahaa.
Really out in the middle of nowhere. Home in the Tahaa lagoon
Our Tahaa tour guide explaining about the vanilla beans.
Green vanilla beans
Pinapple crop on Tahaa
Scenic view on Tahaa tour
More scenic views from Tahha island tour
Preparing some resh coconut for hungry tourists during stop on tour of Tahaa
We also enjoyed a sampling of fresh tropical fruits
Photo-op on Tahaa
Not only were we fed, we were entertained.
This was a good section of road on Tahaa.
Table full of ripe vanilla beans. Tahaa is a major producer of vanilla. These beans can sell for as much as $1 US a each
Vanilla beans baking in the sun.
Vanilla vine with flower. The vanilla flowers are pollinated by hand.
Katherine holding vanilla beans before and after ripening process.
Bread fruit on Tahaa
The Paul Gaugin anchored in Tahaa lagoon (1 of 3)
Private motu (small island) of Regent Seven Seas Cruise Lines, in the Tahaa lagoon. We spent part of the day there enjoying a barbecue lunch before snorkeling.
Sunset Moday evening in Tahaa with Bora Bora in the distance
Some entertainment from the Le Guagines Monday evening by the pool.
Pool deck crowd at sunset Monday evening
Heading towards Bora Bora 5:30 PM Tuesday evening
Kath port side deck 8 as we approach Bora Bora (1 of 2)
Entering the lagoon at Bora Bora Tuesday evening
Sail boat which we had last seen at the port in Tahiti.
Over the water bungalos in Bora Bora lagoon
Sunset from Bora Bora ( 1 of 4) Tuesday evening following a long day of rain
Bora Bora lagoon early afternoon Wednesday
View of main peaks on Bora Bora from ship (1 of 2)
Vaitape- The main town and port of Bora Bora as seen from the ship
Tender coming to the ship from Vaitape
View of main peaks on Bora Bora from ship (2 of 2)
9:30 Thursday morning stopped for some pictures during our drive around Bora Bora.
Bob with the rental car. An upgrade from our Euro car of 1998.
Twin peaks of Bora Bora formed by Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu
Over the water bungalos at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort. This was where we had stayed 10 years ago.
Swimming pool at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort. The pool was not there 10 years ago.
Some of the flowers at the Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort.
Another view of Bora Bora from our stateroom.
Sun setting Thursday in Bora Bora
Friday morning sunrise on our way to Huahine about 7AM
Entering the lagoon at Huahine
Some views of Huahine and the lagoon from the ship
Scenic stop on our tour of Huahine with ship anchored in the lagoon. Huahine is actually comprised of two islands, Huahine Nui (large) and Huahine Iti (small) The two islands are joined by a bridge in the far background to the right of the ship
Scenic stop on our tour of Huahine with ship anchored in the lagoon.
This was a stop on our Huahine tour to see the "sacred" Blue eyed eels. They varied in length averaging about 4 feet
A couple of Tahitian children who were curiously watching the tourists and the eels
A series of fish traps set up near the bridge which connects the two islands of Huahine. As much as 400 fish are caught in a single day in these traps.
Church near the fish traps
Not sure what these are called, but they made for a good picture.
Taking a break at the beach on our tour of Huahine.
Receiving instruction about the Marae's which were sacred meeting areas and included both animal and human sacrifices.
Local bread truck which delivers fresh bread to homes twice a day
Receiving instruction about the Marae's which were sacred meeting areas and included both animal and human sacrifices. The man on the drawing resembling George Washington is Captain Cook who was killed on the Big Island Hawaii and was supposedly cooked himself.
Market in Parea on Huahine Iti.
Bread boxes located in front of homes. Local birds have also learned the delivery times.
Views of the lagoon from Huahine Iti
Some local kids swimming from the dock as we waited for our tender back to the ship.
Rainbow over Huahine
Heading towards sunset in Huahine
Our stateroom attendant, Joann Mae
View of Moorea and lagoon from ship just before 8AM Saturday.
Several views from our glass bottom boat excursion in the lagoon of Moorea. We later had a chance to swim with the black tipped reef sharks and sting rays.
Several views from our glass bottom boat excursion in the lagoon of Moorea. We later had a chance to swim with the black tipped reef sharks and stingrays.
Looking back at the island of Moorea and lagoon from the ocean side of the reef.
This is the Intercontinental Moorea resort where we stayed 10 years ago.
Feeding the stingrays
View of the Paul Gaugin anchored in the lagoon at Moorea.
Late Saturday afternoon views of Moorea and lagoon.
Tahitian show on deck 8 early Saturday evening.
Early Sunday morning in Moorea
Leaving Moorea on our way back to Papeete, Tahiti Sunday evening
Sunset Sunday evening between Moorea and Tahiti
Final set of pictures at sunset taken from the lounge area at the Radisson Resort in Tahiti just prior to our departure to the airport.