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Friday, September 9, 2011

The End of our Trip

After Manihi, we fly back to Papeete and have a
6 1/2 hour layover -
So we decide to go to the Tahiti Temple -
It is so Beautiful!
Our dinner on the way to the Temple -

All the restaurants & stores were closed at 5pm
We finally found a small store open and bought
this huge baguette - we split it & ate it for dinner.
After the Temple, we got back to the airport for our
10:55 pm flight back to Los Angeles.

Arrive back at LAX at 10:00 am the next day.

We had an INCREDIBLE time in French Polynesia -
Would LOVE to return some day.....

The Tuamotu Archipel

We fly from Bora Bora to an atoll called: Manihi
Manihi is in a set of islands called the Tuamotu Archipels.
It is very small -

On the plane ride to Manihi, we flew
on a 66 passenger plane -
there were only 9 passengers aboard!
It was funny watching the airline employee
showing us how to use the
emergency flotation devices -
because there was hardly anyone on board!
We are staying at the Pearl Beach Resort - Manihi
We have an Overwater Beach Bungalow - very cool!
You eat your meals at the hotel because
there is nowhere else to go to -
in other words, your stuck!
But, our room and the resort are very nice!

At the airport, you are met by the hotel staff and
they take you to the hotel in a golf cart...
(its only 5 minutes away)
(they also give you flower lei's) nice touch!
The hotel even has a MINI GOLF -
Things we did in MANIHI:

We went on a MOTU Picnic
(a motu is a small island)

On our way to the Motu, we did
Hand Line Fishing -
The first fish caught was by this girl -
she caught a SHARK!
The man (his name is: VeeDee) let it go....
The second fish caught was by this girl -
She caught an Octopus -
It was also let go...
The man who let the Octopus go - did something
that was VERY STRANGE!
Watch the video and see for yourself -
I caught 2 fish - (just normal fish)
Bob caught 4 fish - normal fish also!
Then, Bob lost his "fishing pole" in the water -
He started to jump in after it,
but VeeDee said...no!

This is how many fish our group caught -
We snorkeled - it was good snorkeling!
This guy caught an octopus
that we're going to get to eat!
The food that they cooked for us - YUMMY!
Then they caught a NICE SHARK!
We got to hold it!
Then he put it back where it belongs ...
The guys all get to open a coconut with their teeth!
Bob is the first one done!

Hanging out at the pool -
I weaved my very own hat -
Went bike riding while chasing the sunset -
Went to a PEARL FARM
to learn all about Pearls -
The Food was very good at our hotel -
especially the dessert!
My Salad with WHITE asparagus !!
The airport was essentially nothing but a counter you walk up to
and they weigh your bags - there is no building to go into -
you sit on a bench (if you can find one).
This is the ticket agent at the airport...
He looked familiar to me.....
Where had I seen him before?
Oh yea ---- he was the guy that taught me how to weave my hat back at the resort....

Bora Bora

We flew from Moorea to Bora Bora -
Staying in an OVERWATER VILLA at:
Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora
Things we did on Bora Bora:

Using the paddleboard at the hotel -
Buffet Dinner/Tahitian Dance Show
Dinner at "Bloody Marys" on the Main Island -
One of the first things you do at Bloody Mary's is
get introduced to the meat/fish
decide which you'd like to eat -
then, they cook it for you...
"Shark Observer" tour --
OUR HOTEL - it's SOOOO Awesome!!
A view of our hotel from the air: