S: SOUTH PACIFIC 2008
FC: South Pacific 2008
1: To celebrate Byron's 60th birthday, the Jacobs and Clevelands went on a trip to the South Pacific... | ...and after a year of planning and a full day of travel, were finally in TAHITI!!
2: P A P E E T E | T A H I T I
3: Sofitel Maeva Beach
4: Exploring & | Goofing Around
5: Mmmm... | Tropical Cocktails!
6: Waiting for the launch at "BOB", the Bora Bora Airport
9: Heading across the Lagoon to Motu Tevairoa
10: A little dip and a Mai Tai while we wait to check in
11: MT. OTEMANU BORA BORA
12: After the short boat ride, swim, welcome beverage & check-in, we find our overwater bungalows, called "bures"
13: PEARL BEACH RESORT
14: THE BIRTHDAY BOY! | Gorgeous Night, Gorgeous View
15: ROOMS ARE | LUXURIOUS | AND VERY | BEAUTIFUL
16: L U A U
17: GOOD MORNING! Welcome to paradise!
18: SUNRISE OVER MT. OMENATU | BYRON | JEANNE | What shall we do today?
19: Rare to see the entire mountain at sunrise... | ...very lucky on our first morning!
20: Swimming and Snorkeling | You can walk halfway across the lagoon!
21: CORAL GARDENS | RESTORING THE REEFS
22: EACH BUNGALOW HAS A REEF- | Bob, | BOB, | and... bob! | -with its own special inhabitants
23: Another beautiful morning- | -and breakfast is delivered by outrigger
24: Relaxing by the pool
25: Views from the bure | WE WILL | and the docks | M I S S | never get old! | BORA BORA!
26: Back on the launch-then the flight to Raitea to pick up boat and start the sailing part of our trip!
27: Jeanne at "RFP"
29: We boarded our yacht, Oeo, then headed out and did some swimming and snorkeling
30: A little Hinano, A little sailing, | and we're on our way to Tahaa
32: We make our way through the lagoon to the Taravana Yacht Club
35: Cruising around TAHAA | One of the many churches
36: Beautiful view of tall ship on our way to Louise's for dinner and an anchorage for the night
38: Excellent food (curry shrimp & poisson cru!) and atmosphere. Louise is quite a character and sent us home with loads of fresh fruit & good wishes | DINNER AT LOUISE'S
39: HINANO!! | Clevelands | Jacobs | TIMTAMS!!
40: Departing for Huahine
41: Not many photos this day- | -Robbie was very seasick! | The "Heave Ho" was feeling better once we were anchored, and the "Galley Wench" made yummy dinner!!
42: Cruising through the Huahine lagoon
43: Mountains on one side, reefs on the other. Beautiful.
44: Many small motus | We could live here!
45: PORT BOURAYNE | A secluded, picturesque bay with several pensions and a small resort
47: Views of the reef from Baie d'Avea- VERY pleasant anchorage
49: Jeanne and Robin explored... | ...and had a Hinano!
50: Sailing, Relaxing, Sunsets, Cocktails? | YES, PLEASE!!
51: AMAZING SUNSETS IN BAIE D'AVEA
52: Hotel & Restaurant at Avea Bay | Home of Bruce's favorite: the BUFFET!!
54: We "dinghyed" to shore and enjoyed a delicious dinner, | wonderful atmosphere, and spectacular views!
56: The Jacobs | did a walking tour of the island
57: Byron is LOVING the cruising life in French Polynesia!!
58: OUR ISLAND BIKES: "CRASH" & "RUBY"
59: ROBIN & BRUCE | Is this bad?! | Toured the island on bicycles
60: Sunset cocktails with our new cruising friends-we met them the first day and then crossed paths several times
61: Last night in Huahine- | -our favorite island!!
62: Laundry day
63: Heading out of Huahine lagoon | & back to Raitea for provisions
65: TEAVAPITI PASS
66: We provisioned, then went back to Teravana YC, where we had a fabulous dinner!
68: We departed early | for the long passage to | BORA BORA
69: Almost there!
71: After a long and slow-but PERFECT-day of sailing, we finally see the pass into the Bora Bora lagoon!!
72: Postcard day!
73: Navigating through the lagoon | Bora Bora Yacht Club
74: The famous (or is it infamous?!) BLOODY MARY'S
77: Cocktails, Food, Fun- | What's not to like?!
78: Look! STEVE YOUNG was here!! | and so were WE!
79: Byron had dreamed of sailing in Tahiti & to Bora Bora for a LOOONG time!!
80: Rainy Day...
81: Just relaxin' | & being silly!
82: JACOBS | Silly Robbie! | Silly Byron!! | CLEVELANDS
83: We tried to have lunch at the Bora Bora YC but it's being remodeled-again. | Instead, we walked to the Hotel Bora Bora & had a great time there!
84: Next time we visit, we will definitely stay here- it's spectacular!
87: Oeo at anchor
89: AAAH... we like to read and relax
90: We left the boat a day early due to engine problems, so spent our last night in Raitea- | -at what used to be the Pearl Hotel and is now the Hawaiki Nui
92: We finally attended a real Tahitian luau! | "Nana" means bye bye in Tahitian
94: We fly to Papeete for our last evening in Tahiti, before we head back home...
96: Intercontinental Hotel | Papeete,Tahiti
97: Fiery sunset over Moorea-WOW!!
99: We had cocktails, did a little swimming, enjoyed the sunset, showered, and had dinner before heading to the airport... | ...and saying "NANA" to Tahiti and our fabulous vacation!!