We had such a blast with my cousin Eric! He flew down to Huahine the day before I did and we had a couple of weeks to explore French Polynesia.
Mike’s brother had just spent two weeks on Pangaea and was now staying at a pension on Huahine, so we got to hang out together. We decided to rent scooters and tour the island.
Eric hadn’t ridden a scooter before but he was an instant pro.
We toured the local Marae and saw some fish traps in the river.
Greg and Mike exploring the Marae
We stopped at a little beach and relaxed after briefly stopping at a little art gallery by Melanie. She was working on this painting that I absolutely love !
We had a little boat ride to a Pearl Farm and got some pearls and pottery!
The next day we sailed here and snorkeled before heading to Taha’a.
We sailed over to Taha’a just in time for sunset. It was so gorgeous!!
Looking at Bora Bora
The next day we went over to Pari Pari for some vanilla education and Rum tasting!
They dry their vanilla slowly to optimize flavor and reduce mold growth.
The T Rhum is the award winning rum agricoles from Pari Pari. It is VERY strong! I like the vanilla rum and passion fruit rum, also.
We sailed over to Raiatea to do a little more exploration. We anchored at Taputapuatea to show Eric the mare there.
This octopus is the symbol for the connected South Pacific islands
We were able to attend the first night of the Heiva celebration in Raiatea.
We had a lovely dinner on Eric’s final evening at the Raiate Lodge.
The next day we took Eric to the airport by dinghy and waited with him for his flight. We decided to have a final Hinano together. . The next thing we knew -an agent from Air Tahiti came into the bar asking for Mr. Severson. Eric answered yes. They were waiting for him.
Please hurry back, Eric! We miss you already!
First Mate Kate