Quick visit to Moorea
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Yuck! The weather was horrible when we awoke at 8:00; very low ceiling and rain. The ship was anchored in Cookās Bay, Moorea. (It's not "Moo-ray-ah", it's Moh-oh-ray-ah") Having no plans for the day, we had a leisurely breakfast with Russ & Janet and finally left the ship around 10:45. Consistent with our luck, the rain had slowed down a lot by then and it stopped minutes after we got ashore! We tried to rent a car at the Avis booth on the dock but they had no more available. Here we saw the tripās only example of visible greed on the part of the locals. There were two people in the parking lot each trying to get passengers to take their āfreeā shuttle to their pearl shops. They were quite pushy and were almost fighting over the passengers.
Anyway, about that time, a woman drove in to the lot and asked whether we wanted to rent a car. The price was reasonable so she drove us about a kilometer up the road to the office of āAlbertās Rent-a-Carā and we got a nice little Citroen for 6000 cfp for the day. Now, I say āniceā but let me explain that this is relative as every one of the cars we rented anywhere in these islands were pretty beat up. Lots of dents, scratches, etc. The tour books all say you must have them make a note of every flaw.
Once in the car, we headed clockwise around the island (not sure why we always go that wayā¦) and stopped at a great lookout on a hill. There was a bus there and who should get off the bus but Winston & Natalie. They said they were bored to tears having already spent several hours on the bus trip.
The Tiki Village Theater looked interesting so we stopped but found it closed. However, the shop was open and the owner was most gracious. The village has a number of artisans living there and on all but Sunday they are doing their work in the open for visitors to see. He also showed us a floating honeymoon cottage and his own floating cottage next to it. He ācommutesā to work in a tiny outrigger canoe. They also have shows and you can get married there. Pretty nifty; I wish it had been open.
We stopped for lunch at āLāAventure Steack House & Grillā (their spelling, not mine). There we had a fondue Bourguignon.
We dropped off the car and returned to the ship by about 3:15. Russ and Janet dropped by for a visit and to drop off a book Russ thought I might like. After they left we packed (sigh), changed and had the bags outside by about 6:00. I played roulette ātil about 7:15, then we headed for the Night Club. The duo started on time but after only one tune, the guitar man walked off! This guy is bad news. It worked out well, though, because, we went down to deck 5 and ran into a Jesse, Pat, Chris, Christa, Brian, Sandy and, eventually Maggie & Robert. We were especially eager to see these last two as, while the rest of us would spend the next day on the ship, they would be disembarking in the wee hours for Australia. After taking lots of pictures and exchanging cards, we had dinner, attended a Polynesian show and hit the sack.