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Hawaki Nui.. Our First Class travel arrangement!

Ok, so we are heading out on a CARGO SHIP to Bora Bora here in a few hours. We leave at 4 pm and arrive at 8 am. So, on a cargo ship.. where do you sleep.. On the deck of course because ONLY the cargo goes FIRST CLASS.. We are more like the parasite that is attached to the cargo. We need the cargo to travel so we can too. Will get caught up on Easter Island and Tahiti when we can! Few thoughts..

The girls really do just walk around with flowers in their hair on a normal day.

The side-of-the-road lunch we had was not bad. Who would have thought a hotdog and fries thrown on a french bread roll 2 feet long and smeared with BBQ sauce would taste half ok.

Our FIRST CLASS BED
Who thought of putting the fries on the sandwich in the first place? I guess it all goes to the same place.. (yes, straight to my thighs)..

Why do two pasteries and an OJ cost 15.00 dollars? We're going broke and starving at the same time! What in the world!?!

Since when do polynesians speak french? That's just wierd!

It's hot here! Very Very hot!

Ok.. only thoughts for now.. Gotta go walk a million miles in nine trillion degree weather to catch my first class ride!

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So, here we are in New Zealand and we are finally writing on French Poly. It works out that way when internet costs between $10-25.00 per hour! So here's how it went...

We arrived in Tahiti sore and tired and splurged on a room with AC.

Their money is HUGE!
We were SO sunburnt and sore we would have been miserable without it. French Polynesia is hot and humid with intense sun, so a day or two with AC was wonderful. One thing I have mentioned previously is ALL of the islands are VERY EXPENSIVE. The cheapest cockroach filled, paint peeling, virus infested, bug bed overrun hostel is 60.00. Yeah, 60.00! The most expensive hotel/bungalow/resort place that I personally saw was over 800.00 per night!

We managed around Tahiti in a La Truck (local bus system) which was fun and interesting. They are all about to fall apart and it basically reminded me of a military ride. (Sitting in the back of a duece being bounced around on a wooden bench) We opted for a rental car the next day, so we could see the island in style (with AC basically).

We found some black sand beaches, surfers everywhere, (rubbish everywhere), old village style communities with chickens running around, waterfalls and more beaches.

Tahiti, in my opinon, is NOT a place I would recommend for my friends or family to visit. Unless you are locked up in a all inclusive resort that sits next to the airport, the lodging is not great, it has the biggest city, and the island is filled with rubbish. That's me though. Lucky for all you guys who want to still go to the area, Moorea is 30 minutes across from Tahiti on a catamaran that leaves numerous times per day. Moorea is a gorgeous island with one 64 km road that wraps around the island. It has clean beaches, mountainous terrain, and cozy places to stay. I recommend Moorea!

We decided to take that Hawaiki Nui (first class of course!) to Bora Bora.

Me and my friend. I had to sit every morning with him and watch the fish.
There is NO class like CARGO class as I have always liked to say! That was interesting. We ran up on to the boat and got all excited about setting out our sleeping bags (claiming our territory) and we were happy to find a nice corner viewing spot before it got snatched up by a local. We settled in for the 16 hour ride just in time to snatch back up our sleeping bags and items and run for shelter (there was NOWHERE to run unfortunately) from the rain storm that decided to pelt us from above! So, here we are, on a pallet platform, with no shelter from the onslot of rain. We sort of decided then that the cargo class might not be the most enjoyable way to travel to the most romantic place on earth, but it sure was an adventure!

We woke through the night at each of the island stops the boat made to unload its cargo and we were happy come morning when we pulled into view of Bora Bora.

This is from a DOCK! Way high out of the water. The water is so clear! Its an octupus.
IT was everything we thought it would be! Mountains reaching for the sky. Lush forests. A crystal clear lagoon. There is nowhere on earth I have been like Bora Bora. It has the most beautful lagoon I have ever seen or imagined.  The water was warm and inviting! (Although, in some spots this little pain-in-the-rear fish charges full speed ahead and bites you! I still have a scar on my ankle!) Let me just tell you, I am an absolute baby when in comes to cold water! It takes me 19 attempts to finally submerge myself. Ask Ben! I'm so not kidding. Even in the Galapagos it would take me about 20 minutes to finally get all the way submerged in the ocean. In Bora Bora though, I walked right in to the warmness of the waters! IT is amazing!

Anyone looking to traveling to Bora Bora here is my advice.

Ben in the ocean BEFORE we started getting ATTACKED by a really anger fish. He kept biting us!
Get an all inclusive package. There is some stuff to do on the mainland, but it is soooo hot and humid. We were going to do a few of the hikes, but soon realized we could barely move and we just stayed near the water! So, if you have a great hotel or bungalow right on the beach or water, I think you would be happier. It truly is a place for those comfortable in swim wear. You basically never get out of it! The bungalows I want to stay in if we were ever to return look amazing! They are an a motu across from Bora Bora. Each one has a little patio right outside the door and the patio has a ladder straight down into the water. Much of the lagoon in only 4 feet deep or so... You can basically stand up hundreds of meters from shore in the lagoon! People just walk right out of their hotel and swim in the ocean, snorkel, kayak, and jet ski! NEXT TIME!

So, our last day in Bora Bora we rented a little boat to travel around the lagoon.

The lagoon. Amazing!
We stopped at will and snorkled and played. How many times have I said amazing?!? Is anyone counting? But yes, AMAZING! The water is crystal clear! The fish are everywhere! The coral is all shades of the rainbow and then some! Ah, to not be so white I fry in the sun - then I would move to Bora Bora!

Well, we tried to get back the same way we came, but somehow the boat got filled before we arrived to arrange a seat (you can't prearrange- you have to talk to the captain the morning of). So now, here we are stuck on Bora Bora with no way back to Tahiti for our flight to New Zealand (what a shame right!). It wouldn't be bad to be stuck there, except we CAN'T afford to eat! We sort of lived on PB & J while in French Polynesia. Seriously! So, stuck on an island in the middle of nowhere with no way off- what were we to do? Well, take the plane of course (a little bit more than we planned to spend but worth it!) Bora Bora's airport is on a motu, so we got to take a catamaran to the airport and fly out of paradise back to Tahiti (sigh ;() Now, here we are remembering our time and the first thing that comes to mind is the smell.

Our rental boat. The lagoon is the MOST BEAUTIFUL, WARMEST water of anywhere in the world!
The sweet smell of the tiara- the white flower of French Polynesia.

 

Final Thoughts:

The woman are very into their cultural tatoos. Suprising to see so many tatoos on females.

French Polynesia is known for its farming of black pearls.

We didn't know the La Truck costs more than the posted price after 6 pm, so one night we paid and the truck driver started yelling at us and french that we didn't pay enough BUT THEN drove away after yelling at us, BUT BEFORE I could get the money out of my pocket to pay the difference! So why yell at us if you don't wait for us to pay! NUT!

 

glennisnz says:
All that walking must help with the thighs.
Posted on: Feb 19, 2008
sslong76 says:
I am so jealous!! Tahiti is totally on my list and you get to go first...no fair! Thanks for writing about everything, it's fun to go around the world through you!
Posted on: Feb 15, 2008
berrypicker says:
the million miles and heat are to keep the hotdog and fries with BBQ from going on your thighs!!! Count your blessings!! haha
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Posted on: Feb 12, 2008
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Hawaki Nui.. Our First Class trave…
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Our FIRST CLASS BED
Our FIRST CLASS BED
Their money is HUGE!
Their money is HUGE!
Me and my friend. I had to sit eve…
Me and my friend. I had to sit ev…
This is from a DOCK! Way high out …
This is from a DOCK! Way high out…
Ben in the ocean BEFORE we started…
Ben in the ocean BEFORE we starte…
The lagoon. Amazing!
The lagoon. Amazing!
Our rental boat. The lagoon is the…
Our rental boat. The lagoon is th…
We found this guy snorkeling. We p…
We found this guy snorkeling. We …
Another critter dude.. Put him bac…
Another critter dude.. Put him ba…
The water is sooo clear! You can s…
The water is sooo clear! You can …
Again.. way out of the water. The …
Again.. way out of the water. The…
Ben and his sun block.. He needs s…
Ben and his sun block.. He needs …
The water is AMAZING!!!! I was sta…
The water is AMAZING!!!! I was st…
Hes SOOO CUTE!
He's SOOO CUTE!
Bora Bora in the background from a…
Bora Bora in the background from …
Beautiful Bora Bora
Beautiful Bora Bora
The airport! The airport is on a M…
The airport! The airport is on a …
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