French Polynesia-August 2017

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Tahiti is on most people’s travel bucket list.  It’s has such an illusion of grandeur and high price tag that goes along with it.  Well I had some free days in my schedule and thought it would be good idea to take a trip.  I really wanted to go to Samoa or the Cook Islands but the flights were just not working out in my favor.  The flights, while not ideal,worked for Tahiti, so off I went. I used my points/miles to book Emirates from Brisbane to Auckland and then Air Tahiti Nui to Papeete. My return was on Air New Zealand back to Auckland where I had to stay the night and then flew to Brisbane the next day.   Total flying each direction, was just shy of 9 hours.  And since I crossed the date line, leaving on Thursday meant I arrived on Wednesday.

I originally agreed with most bloggers, this is not a place you probably want to visit alone. If any other reason, it’s beautiful and you just want to be able to discuss it with someone. But then you start staring off into the vast blue skies and watching the amazing sunsets, and frankly you don’t care that you are alone.

I ended staying on the island of Papeete because I arrived too late to take a ferry to Moorea.  It was not bad, but I probably wouldn’t spend more then a night or two there. I signed up for an island tour and honestly, it reminded me a lot of Hawaii.

I also took the ferry over to Moorea and saw the ubiquitous over the water bungalows. The tour went off road into the pineapple fields and up a mountain.  I highly recommend getting away from the resort if you find yourself in the area.

But if you find yourself just sitting around, try to wake up early to watch the sunset .IMG_1903

It’s a bit of a pain to get to, but just amazing if you have the opportunity.  I would not hesitate to go again, by myself.  Just remember to bring a good book, hat and some sunscreen.

Until next time safe travels…….

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