Monthly Archives: March 2012

Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

Spanish explorers found these islands in 1595 and named them Las Marquesas de Mendoza. The Marquesas Islands are the peaks of submerged volcanoes and are mountainous and fertile.  However, our Captain said that they were more green and lush than … Continue reading

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Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia

Rangiroa is a tear shaped atoll in this group of 78 islands a few hundred miles northeast of Tahiti.  This true atoll which comprises 240 coral motus or small islands separated by more than 100 tiny channels is one of … Continue reading

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Cook’s Bay, Moorea, French Polynesia

We set sail from Papeete at 5:00 am this morning and sailed 16km northwest to Moorea.  After entering the lagoon that surrounds this island (photo), we dropped anchor in Cook’s bay around 8:00 am.  Moorea was discovered in 1595 by … Continue reading

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Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Papeete is the capital of French Polynesia.  It is part of the Society Islands, an Archipelago so named by Captain Cook because you can see each one from another.  The last one in this group that we will visit is … Continue reading

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Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia

We set sail for Bora Bora just before dinner and passed by Raiatea’s sister island of Taha’a (photo) before exiting the lagoon.  At 8:00 pm we arrived at Bora Bora and anchored in its very tranquil lagoon.  The ship offered … Continue reading

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Raiatea, Society Islands, French Polynesia

Today we docked in Uturoa, Raiatea in the Society Islands. It was light enough to see the island during the sail in.  It is a lush mountainous island and the mountains were covered in mist. (photo) This island is known … Continue reading

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Rarotonga, Cook Islands

The view of this island from the ship was spectacular as we sailed in and anchored outside the lagoon at the capital Avarua (photo).  It is believed that the Cook Islanders migrated from the Society Islands in French Polynesia around … Continue reading

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