French Polynesia

French Polynesia, originally known as the Sandwich Islands, is a group of magnificent palm-covered islands that remind me of a certain 60s television show. We spent three nights in the ports of Papeete, Moorea and Bora Bora and enjoyed spectacular volcanic-formed scenery and the bluest water ever.

On Moorea we took a small group circle island tour in a very new and comfortable Hyundai 8-seater, complete with leather seats and very effective air-conditioning. Our guide Alex owns the business and drove us up into the middle of the Island to Belvedere which is situated in what would have been the centre of an ancient volcano. Fabulous views. And as we passed the many resorts around the coast we were amazed at the utter luxury … and the cost of accommodation!
As acclimatised Tasmanians we found the heat of those three days  almost unbearable, but we weren’t the only ones. Many of our fellow passengers are American, Canadian, English and German so we were all feeling it. The great thing about being on a ship of course is that we have very liveable and comfortable air-conditioning to return to each day.