Fun fact: The first Overwater Bungalows were built by 3 American men (a.k.a. the Club Bali Hai Boys) in 1967 on the island of Raiatea. Since then, Overwater Bungalows have popped up all over French Polynesia. To celebrate this special occasion, some resorts are offering significant discounts. Le Taha’a Island Resort is offering a 50% discount in their Overwater Bungalows, while Le Meridien Bora Bora is offering a 40% discount. Contact us now and we’ll be happy to put together a personalized quote for you.
Next week is back to school week in Tahiti. That means Fiona who will be in the 11th grade will once again be setting her alarm for 4:30am. Yes, you read that right. I too, will be setting my alarm for the same time because kids here can’t drive until they’re 18. So we’ll get up at 4:30am, head out the door at 4:45am and we’ll drive 30min to the ferry. Fiona will then take the ferry to Tahiti. It’s a 30min crossing and then she’ll walk 7min to the bus and take a 10min bus ride to school! At the end of the day, she’ll take the last ferry back to Moorea and be home by 6:30pm. That is one long day and every high school student on Moorea deserves praise for their dedication! Be sure to read this to your kids the next time they complain about having to get up early for school. 🙂
Believe me, I can see all the eye-rolls now. Prior to making the big move to Tahiti, I spent 5 years living in the Napa Valley so I can only imagine what my snobby wine friends will have to say about this. But really, we’re not talking about an updated version of Boone’s Farm. This is a wine for grown-ups and I must say, I really did enjoy it. They take the Queen of Tahiti pineapples from Moorea and use a special fermentation process. It is designed to be enjoyed with the local fish. It costs about $26/bottle. Give it a try when you’re here. I look forward to your comments (both positive & negative).
Ryan and a Friendly Sting Ray
If you visit Moorea, you absolutely positively must feed the sting rays! There are excursions that take you on a tour of the two bays and include a ray feeding. There are also tours that end with a picnic on a motu (islet). If you’re more independent, I can tell you where to rent kayaks so that you can venture out on your own. But no matter what, you must get up close and personal with these amazing creatures. I fondly refer to them as the puppies of the lagoon.