Our first accommodation is the House of Travel (La Maison du Voyage), a guest house owned by a local family. Our hosts are Edouard, Isabella, and their daughter (approx. 15 yo) Chloe. They have just the one rental unit on their property. We share a small pool and there is some outside loungers and table and chairs. We thought that Edouard spoke better English, but I guess he just uses Google translate in his email! He speaks French and Spanish. Isabella can speak a bit of English and we are getting mostly by speaking to her and trying some French with Edouard. Also, a lot of hand waving and gestures which I’m not even sure helps a lot.
Edouard picked us up at the airport and took us into town for some grocery shopping and to show us some landmarks. After a couple of stops we arrived at his home, pretty much exhausted. He showed us around, and after he left us we more or less layed down and had a power snooze – 45 minutes. After a quick lunch of bread and cheese we trotted down to the water with a couple of kayaks and went for a paddle.
We were over coral a lot of the time – so pretty. We had a choice to make. Graham wanted to go to a location that Edouard told us had great snorkelling, but I saw a motu island off in the distance that was calling to me. So off we went to the motu. It was probably 4 km away, but we couldn’t judge that at the time. The scenery was so nice that it really didn’t matter, until we had to paddle back that is.
The motu was straight out of Gilligan’s Island. A couple of families were there having a picnic. After some photos and a well-deserved rest, we started on our way back.
A quick aside: as we were getting close to our trip, we were watching the weather forecast for French Polynesia, and pretty much every day it said there was a chance of a thunder storm. When we arrived, the weather was so beautiful we both scoffed at the idea of one hitting us. Well, one hit us alright.
We were maybe not quite half way back when we got absolutely soaked. The wind wasn’t that friendly either. Despite all that though, we felt fantastic for having taken on our first adventure, and with it, checking off one item on our list of things to do!