French Polynesia

We've spent over two months in French Polynesia so far, and are loving it here. Many places really do seem to have the elements of the tropical island paradises we imagine when thinking about the South Pacific.

We first arrived in Hiva Oa, in the Marquesas.

Steven in Hiva Oa

The Marquesas are high, mountainous islands, with beautiful skylines.  The anchorages are a bit rolly in some places, but there are some bays, like popular Anaho, which are true coves and are quite comfortable.

Scream at Anaho

We rushed through the Tuamotus, which was a bit of a mistake, since the barrier reefs which form the atolls there break the sea swell, and we enjoyed our first really flat water anchorage in months in Rangiroa.

We zipped off to Tahiti, where we stayed near the capital of Pape'ete for over a month. We were enjoying watching the games of the World Cup (Viva España!!), and exploring Pape'ete and the surrounding neighbourhoods. The Tahitians take their Va'a (outrigger canoeing) very seriously, and we often had large groups of paddlers zipping past the boat while at anchor.


We had an excellent view from the anchorage of the neighbouring island of Mo'orea, and once our soccer watching was done, we sailed across the strait to check it out for ourselves.

Moorea in the Sunset from Papeete

There are a couple of deeply indented bays on Mo'orea, and thanks to the barrier reefs, both are excellent anchorages. We spent a few nights in each one, meeting up with our good friends on Sidewinder for a couple of capsize-free snorkel trips, including one to get up close and personal with stingrays and sharks.

Scream at Cook's Bay

We will soon be off to explore the Leeward Islands - Huahine, Raiatea, Taha'a and the famous Bora Bora.

7 thoughts on “French Polynesia

  1. We thought of you once the World Cup action began, and figured you would have found a place to follow the action. It sounds as if you are having a wonderful journey across the Pacific. Oddly, we have outrigger canoes practicing every day outside our windows here along the Willamette River. Not the balmy sea, though. Hope to catch up with you again one day!

    Mac and Catherine Taylor

  2. dad ensslen says:

    its been forever since a sign of life and the yotrep has not been helpful, showing a june location

    thanks for this current update and the lovely pictures

    very best wishes, bon voyage!

  3. dad ensslen says:

    yotreps still not working


    bon voyage


  4. dad ensslen says:

    thanks for even more and equally delightful photos

    i thought the man in the house/ship/boat fixed toilets

    guess i am old fashioned

  5. Brother bear says:

    You love French Polynesia, I love to hear about it.

    Exciting adventures. I'm looking forward to hearing about the Leeward Islands.

  6. Brother bear says:

    ps: great pics.

  7. Darusha says:

    There's nothing wrong with Yotreps - it only updates if we update it. We hadn't updated it because we actually hadn't moved in all that time. Too busy watching the World Cup and fixing toilets.

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