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    One Tree Hill and views to Moorea

    by easyoar Written Apr 21, 2005

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    One Tree Hill is not really recognisable as a one tree hill, but it does have some excellent views down to Moorea (Moorea is a siater island to Tahiti and actually a much nicer place to stay despite Tahiti being much more famous internationally).

    Parking is easy at the top (provided it isn't too busy), and it is a nice spot just to stop off and admire the views down to Moorea and the colourful flowers on the plants.

    This picture shows some of these colourful flowerd and the craggy outline of Moorea in the background. Tahiti and Moorea both used to be volcanic, and the craggy shapes as left from the very slowly disintegrating volcanoes. One day the islands will completely disappear, but the time scales are such that it shouldn't worry any of us!

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    Colossal Fig Tree on One Tree Hill - Tahiti

    by easyoar Written Apr 21, 2005

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    At home in the UK, I have a Ficus Plant (That's a Fig Tree), and I have had it for many years and it is shorter than me, and a good deal narrower!

    Imagine my surprise when I saw exactly the same Ficus species growing in Tahiti, only just a tiny bit bigger. Check out the girth of this thing, it is absolutely gigantic! I had no idea the measly little fig plant I have at home could grow to such dimensions! This picture doesn't show the height of the tree, but trust me, the height is as awe-inspiring as the girth!

    This tree is on One Tree Hill, and whether it is the tree that gives the hill its name I have no idea, but it is certainly grand enough to be!

    Colossal Fig Tree on One Tree Hill - Tahiti
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    Point Venus Lighthouse on Tahiti

    by easyoar Written Apr 21, 2005

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    Captain Cook (and Captain Bligh) both anchored off Point Venus. It is Tahiti's most northerly point and has a flat sandy beach. The sailors would anchor up, and then trade metal objects such as knives and nails for food and sex (apparently the going rate for sex could be as high as one whole nail!).

    The name Venus comes about as Cook built a fort on the site to watch Venus cross the Sun. Unfortunately however he failed in his observations due to lack of proper equipment to allow him to look at the bright sun!

    The Lighthouse here has the date 1867 just above the door. However it was apprently built on "Tahiti Time", and was actually finished one year later...

    Point Venus Lighthouse on Tahiti
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    King Pomare V's Tomb - Tahiti

    by easyoar Written Apr 21, 2005

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    King Pomare V abdicated in 1880 after the French offered him a very nice pension to keep him, his family and his mistress very comfortable indeed. This made Tahiti an official French colony.

    With the proceeds of this pension, Kong Pomare V then hit the bottle big time, and died of alcoholic poisoning (or it's complications!). This has caused people to speculate that the Greek Urn on top of the tomb is actually just another one of his empty bottles.

    The tomb itself was actually made for King Pomare's mother, but after it was built, he decided he wanted it for himself, and had her remains moved out!

    Interestingly, the church (which can be seen in the background) is on the site of an ancient Marae (a Polynesian altar), however when King Pomare II converted from one of the local religions to Calvinism in 1812. He then built a church that was so enormous (217m long) that it needed 3 priests speaking simultaneously spaced throughout the church for the congregation to be able to hear anything (I guess this was in the days before PA systems... ;-) )

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    Arahurahu Marae on Tahiti

    by easyoar Written Apr 21, 2005

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    A Marae is a temple in French Polynesia.

    Arahurahu Marae is the only temple in French Polynesia that has been restored to its original condition, and it has been restored beautifully. If you only have time to see one thing on Tahiti, this should be it.

    When you get to PK 22.5, you will need to turn off inland, and drive for a short distance to a small shop and parking area where you can park for free. There appears to be a pay booth, but when we visited there was no-one to collect any entrance fee, so we went in for free.

    Arahurahu Marae is not only a well restored temple, it is also in a stunning setting and is in a clearing in a valley that appears to be in the jungle with large mountains all around.

    You probably want to allow an hour for a visit.

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    Polynesian Bands on Moorea

    by easyoar Written Apr 21, 2005

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    I really like Polynesian Music, it is very bouncy and cheerful! It is quite nice to have as background music too.

    This band were playing in the Tiki Village and the musicians were very laid back and easy going (classical Polynesian traits!).

    The Tiki Village is well worth a visit, especially in the evening, although it is not cheap if you go for the dinner and the show. It is however the best show I have seen of this type. Far and away eclipsing the shows I saw in New Zealand (supposedly one of the better NZ ones) and Easter Island.

    Polynesian Bands on Moorea
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    The Belvedere - Lookout point on Moorea

    by easyoar Written Apr 21, 2005

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    The Belvedere is almost in the middle of the island. It is quite elevated and the road up is pretty steep. We saw some very tired and overheated looking cyclists attempting to get up the road as we drove past them in our air-conditioned car ;-)

    The Lookout Point (Le Belvedere) looks down onto Mount Rotui (seen in this photo between the two coves) and Cook's Bay on the right of it, and Opunohu Bay on its left. There is some debate as to whether Captain Cook actually landed in Cook's Bay, but he certainly was in the area.

    The Belvedere - Lookout point  on Moorea
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    Ancient Polynesian Art on Tahiti

    by easyoar Written Apr 21, 2005

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    Inside the Tahiti Museum there is a lot of old Polynesian Art. This picture shows carved figures that would have been found in the Maraes (temples).

    I believe all the Maraes were destroyed after the Europeans found the islands and Christianity was introduced as it would have been considered pagan.

    To see what a restored Marae looks like, see my tip on Arahurahu Marae.

    Ancient Polynesian Art on Tahiti
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    Making a Canoe from a Log on Tahiti

    by easyoar Written Apr 21, 2005

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    If you go to the Museum of Tahiti (and her Islands), be sure to wander into the gardens there. Not only are they quite attractive with a lot of flowering plants, but they also have a little display showing how a canoe was made out of a log.

    This picture shows an almost finished canoe. There are also some signs up showing the stages that were gone through to get to this far, and the tools used for doing this.

    Whilst there aren't many of these canoes to be sen in the sea, it is good to see that skills used in the older times are still being maintained!

    Making a Canoe from a Log on Tahiti
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    The Beaches - especially around Sunset

    by easyoar Written Apr 22, 2005

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    Tahiti is famous for its beaches, its water sports, and the Tahitians that sunbathe on them! All of these are all quite rightly justified! This beach is Punaauia Beach which is not too far from the airport and is nice and sandy. It is extremely close to the Tahiti Museum.

    Rather than give a more standard beach pic, I thought I would go for something a little different. The sunsets are so gorgeous and the beach is probably the best place to see them. Moorea is also visible from the beach here, so it has quite a bit going for it!

    Whilst this picture was taken on Tahiti, it could just have well been taken on any one of the French Polynesian Islands.

    Tahitian Beach at Sunset
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    Spectacular Sunsets on Moorea

    by easyoar Written Apr 22, 2005

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    If you are around about PK27 to PK28 on Moorea in the evening, you can get some really spectacular sunsets as the sun goes down.

    It's a great place to find a bar and just hangout and watch the sunset (or in my case, find a boat and turn your back on the sunset ;-) )

    The Hotel Hibiscus (which conveniently in our case was where we were staying) is famous for its sunset bar, and is well worth dropping in to if the sunset looks like it is going to be a good one. That way you can put your feet up and watch the sun set. You'll need to be quick though as the sun sets very fast in French Polynesia.

    Spectacular Sunsets on Moorea
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    Maupiti

    by Helga67 Updated Jul 15, 2004

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    This is definitely my most favourite island. It is what Bora Bora was 40 years ago: a lagoon with crystal-clear water, white sand bordered by palm trees, deserted beaches, no mass tourism, no hotels, very friendly people, peaceful and authentic.

    More can be found in my Maupiti page.

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    Marae at the Tiki Village on Moorea

    by easyoar Written Apr 22, 2005

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    This Marae is a reproduction. It is not old, but the design is reasonably authentic! It is very small and whilst this won't give you any awe inspiring feeling from its size, it is probably the Marae that is in the best condition in Moorea.

    If you want to see a really good Marae however, visit Tahiti, then you may wish to give this marae as miss. See this page for details on Arahurahu Marae, which is a far better Marae and has actually been restored to its former glory.

    However if you are visiting the Tiki village and just want to get an idea of what a Marae is actually like, this gives a good idea!

    Marae at the Tiki Village on Moorea
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    Play with fire

    by easyoar Written Apr 21, 2005

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    I'm not really suggesting this is something you do yourself! But it is very impressive to see when a trained Polynesian does it as part of an evening show.

    This guy was spinning the stick around on his feet and balancing it on his feet. As you can see he did not appear to come to any harm at all. I have no idea what was burning on the stick and whether there was any trick involved. I imagine there must have been, but it looked good all the same!

    At some of the shows, they get up very close and personal it is obvious that there is not some blatant cheat going on!

    Playing with fire...
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    Shark and Stingray feeding

    by Helga67 Updated Jul 19, 2004

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    Shark and Stingray feeding is one of the most popular excursions on most of the islands. You will be taken to the outer reef by an outrigger cano and slip into the water with your snorkel and mask and watch Tahitian divers hand feed back-tip reef sharks and stingrays right before your eyes. During the feeding you have to hold on to a rope in order to keep some distance from the sharks. It's an unforgettable experience!

    Rays in the lagoon
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