18.08.2007 - 25.08.2007
After travelling from the Cook Islands back to Auckland then onto tahiti, entering sunday just to go back to the evening of saturday i was a bit all over the place. Was very lucky and met a Kiwi guy and a local Rugby player who helped me find accommodation in Papette after everyone i asked where the place i'd booked was, gasped and pulled a face!
Once i finally got settled into Camping Nelson in Moorea i was happy. The prices here are stupid, catching a cab is expensive and the food is way overpriced sue to everything being imported. I lived on the traditional french fare of baguette and water!
The campsite was located right on a fabulous beach. I made friends with a cool couple called Cari & Matthew who were travelling with their 11 month old girl, Shanna. Was so impresssed with how much they had achieved with her, by her 1st b'day she will have been to 12 countries!
Also hung out with a guy from Cairns and a French guy. The french guy came in handy what with the 1st and only language spoken being French! It made it possible for us to hitch hike all over the island and see beauty spots such as Cooks bay.
Nights were quite on the island which is only approx 50kms in circumference. Star gazing and reading were the main passtimes, although watching the sun set over the sea with a beer in hand was
Managed to get a trip on a small catamaran for free with a french poloynesian guy & an Italian couple. We swam with stingrays and sharks. Couldn't help but be scared of the barb! Did some amazing snorkling out by the reef and exploring some submerged tikis. We were dropped off on a desert island and picked up on the other side...crazy to think people live on these small islands, all self sufficient. It was an ace day where i saw true beauty. Even got treated to a dolphin show.
Wouldn't probably return here in a hurry. Think French poloynesia has lots more to offerm just a shame it is so hard for the backpacker to get to the other islands.