French Polynesia

French Polynesia

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  • Day57

    Sunday night me and my hungry state were rescued by Teui, my host, and a pizza. Monday morning I woke up very early. The days lasts around 12h with the sun out from 6 to 6. For me as a morning person this is perfect. I had to get on the scooter to get food since my room is on a hill. I've never driven a scooter before. Teui showed me how it worked. I think he was a bit worried by my driving skills (mängisch bini ächt e depp) but I made it into town. I went on the market first to buy some fruits and had a coffee and une galette de poissons for breakfast. I didn't really know what to do next even more because there were some threatening grey clouds coming in. I decided to get some information about diving and drove to the Intercontinental, where the dive company is. I bought ten dives, so I can also dive at some places when I am on my cruise. They figured out that I needed a refresher and could not do that on Wednesday while diving with the sharks. So they ask me if I wanted to do it now? As in half an hour? Yup. I was all in, literally. So I had a nice wreck dive with two ships and a plane and lot's of fishes. I am way more interested in living things. So I am very looking forward for the dives to come. The water temperature is 28 degree. I was nevertheless freezing when I got out of the water at 3:30h, no wonder with no food in me. I was so hungry I could have eaten a whole buffet. I restricted myself to two chocolate éclairs right away.
    The last picture is from the place I am at the very moment, enjoying a fresh pineapple juice after a first bath at Temae beach and watching the fishes. The beauty of this island can't be put in words. It's right as it is in the catalogue, just better because I am actually there. Tina recommended to take the first ferry at 6:30 which I did. With the scooter. So now I am driving around the island grinning like a fool because it's just marvelous.
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  • Day20

    Rather unique. Gourmet dining blending French and Polynesian cuisines. Delicious! Apple tart was truly sublime. Bonus is the open deck restaurant overhangs the sea where sharks and rays come right to the edge to feed!

  • Day60

    The last two days were just wonderful: Wednesday I dived with Sébastien and Jean-Pierre, two Air France pilots and with Patricia, all French. We decided to meet again in the evening for Apéro and the show of the Marquase at the Intercontinental. So I went home, had a nap and a long walk with the host's dog before cruising to the hotel again. The show was impressive, you have to imagine a bit the Maori haka and that's how the men there 'dance'. Very raw and very masculine. We went to a Roulotte for diner, those are trucks along the street where you can eat almost everything. We had some grilled fish, it was delicious. On my way home I accidentally landed on the R5. This street is my new gravel road. It's some sort of a highway and scooter are not allowed. It is not well indicated or maybe I am a bit slow but well, I managed to get off the next exit without a fine. Yesterday we went diving at the source, a site where fresh water comes out of the ground. Very cool. Visibility wasn't good but we saw lot's of turtles. After the dive me and Sébastien went to Papeete to buy pearls. There are different qualities and if you've seen the better ones, you do not want the others. They are beautiful. We had some raw fish with coconut milk for lunch, a local specialty, very tasty. After a successful pearl hunt we went to the Merdien, it's where Air France pilots get to stay. Not bad, I can tell you. We went kayaking in the lagoon under the sun, corals and turquoise water around us, it couldn't be better. Jean-Pierre joined for diner and I cruised home on my scooter - and was worried to land again on this R5. It's not that easy in the dark without street lights when you don't really know the way. So I stopped twice to ask how I can avoid it. The people here are incredibly friendly so I finally managed to get home without any wrong turns.Read more

  • Day61

    I dived with 48 eagle rays yesterday. What an amazing experience! I also drove to venus point, a beach with black sand. Edwege picked me up yesterday and it was just a, again, wonderful evening. The kindness and hospitality is incredible. And I thought I will have a quiet week here on Tahiti. That week was unforgettable!
    Now I have to get my things together, my room looks like something exploded before I get picked up to board the ship. The vessel is called Aranui 5. I've already seen it in the harbour, I am so excited about it! The cruise will bring us to remote island and it will be the opportunity for me to take myself out of the world for some time. So take care and you will hear from me again in 2 weeks!Read more

  • Day62

    I am living a dream here. Yesterday I boarded the Aranui 5. I stay at a room in a bunk bed with 3 other person, there is a French couple from Grasse and a lady from Paris. Friendly people, I am sure we will have a good time together. I already made friends with the Pointer crew, they are in charge with all the selling and the money. They provide me with Bananas and Pineapple and I will invite those four men for a beer at one of the evening. I had lunch with Lynn and Mike, two guys from NZ and Roland, a Swiss. You meet people very easily, I am already known as the cheerful one. How can you not be cheerful on this wonderful boat, a mistery to me. It was biult in 2015, suceeding Aranui 3, a ship that had less passenger 140 instead of 250 today and was simpler. The new one has eleven desk, I am staying at the forth. Every day we have a reunion with lectures about the Marquases Island and informations for the day to come. I signed up for diving in Fakarava, an atoll we reached today. I am already very busy here, yesterday at 4pm I took some Tahitien class and an hour later we were trying to dance tahitien. I think I look like a brick next to Hui who dances so sensually and beautifully. We will do a spectacle in the end with the men doing the haka and we girls trying to impress men. The song is lovely and we dance a story about love and the beauty of the sea etc., actually trying to get a man to marry us. At 8pm we had diner, delicious, with a entrée, main dish and a dessert as it is the case for lunch. It is an exception on a cruise that there is food 'only' at a given time. I read a review before boarding where this fact was especially mentioned: The lady said to be careful to respect these hours otherwise you won't get food. She wrote that with all the activities and so 'little' food you could even loose weight on this cruise.
    Anyway the day ended with a movie of the Marquase Island which I didn't get to see entirely because I fell asleep. The sea was rough so I slept like a baby. Today waking up was at 5:30 to watch the passage of the ship into the atoll. It is the second widest passage in the world with 1.6km. We were six divers going off the ship at first and we had a wonderful dive with baby sharks, barracudas and hundreds of fishes. At the pier were people selling pearls from a farm nearby and I helped translating and hoped they would do a good sell. When I left they offered me a pearl as a thank you. So kind, I was so touched. Now we are heading off for 1.5 days on the sea before arriving on Nuku Hiva.
    As expected I am putting the avarage age a bit down. There are English speaking, some German and a lot of French on the ship. We aren't fully booked and there are 201 guests and a crew of 104, the ones working at the cargo part included.
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  • Day64

    We arrived at Nuku Hiva yesterday, the biggest of the six marquesas islands. We were all packed in 4wheels cars, we had to remember the number. The English could go off the ship an hour before, rumours say it's because some complained that they had their briefing in a room with no lights. Some people always find something to complai. about, even on a cruise like that. We drove to the cathedral, whicheas built in the seventies after taking out the old one. Only des marquis built it and there is a lot of marquisian culture in there mixed with the catholicity. After that we continued the drive on a narrow road, climbing up to 500m and stopped at a former village where 1000people lived. Very intersting, this marquases culture. It also started to rain heavily which was also a reason for some to complain. We as the ones I spend the most time with, don't and have a wonderful time together. Diner was at Yvonne's. First we watched how the ground grill was revealed, they did pork in there which we would had as one of the courses. The local food is delicious, my favorite is poisson cru, I will for certain 'cook' this once I am home. It's just mouthwatering good. As we were eating it started to rain for the third time, tropical warm showers, it was wonderful. We took the same 4wheel car back and got on the ship at around 5 o'clock. After dinner the crew played local music. It is such a happy and joyful music like the culture here. And of course, there was a lot of dancing, too.Read more

  • Day66

    It is already the 27th of May while writing this and I am messing up the days in my head so I don't really remember exactly what we have done this day. What I know is that I almost had some tummy muscle ache so much I was laughing. I spent the day with Denis and Manu. Those two are such fun and kind, it is a pleasure to get to know them. We visited Hiva Oa. It is the island where Gaugin and Brel spent their last years on. The villages they lived in we visited on 26th. On 25th we visited the biggest Tiki of the Marquases. Unfortunately since they haven't written down their customs, stories and tradition so the 120 years under strict catholic rules almost all the history of those people is gone. There is only interpretation left. So actually 'white archeologists' are teaching the marquesas their cultures which is bizarre and seems wrong. In the afternoon we went to another small village and walked around, picking ripe mangos from the street and eating them straight away, they are so delicious. We have a lot of rain due to El Nino/ El Nina (depends who you aks) which was very bad. So the harvesting was bad since the fruits are rotting. Climate change also affect the people here.Read more

  • Day68

    Again, it made schwupps and the day is over. Fatu Hiva is one if the most remote island with only a couple of hundred people living there. Today was the 10miles walk from one village to the other going up until 600m and down again the sealevel. I didn't feel well at all having a cold and no voice. It was the same thing I had on christmas when I was on nightshifts. At least I could stay quiet this time. Manu was very happy, telling everyone that his holiday finally started with me shutting up 😊.
    So of course my head didn't want me to cancel the walk so I started and felt worse. After half an hour I was ok and could enjoy it a lot. We had some heavy rain with brown streams coming down the road and being completely soaked. It wasn't cold at all, just very very wet. On the top and in the middle of the walk some of the crew prepared a picnic, it was a bit like being at Subway or it was how I imagine it since I haven't been there yet. After some delicious sandwich, cake, fruit and coffee we continued the walk down to the little village, which lays dans la bay des virgines, one of the most beautiful bays in the world. The one who didn't walk came to this bay with the Aranui and we met them again in the village. Two girls were selling shells and some jewelry. I bought some shells and sat down with them and started to chat. Noella is 10 and Suzanne 11, both living on the island, having 3 respectively 4 brothers and sisters. They asked me all kind of questions, for example how kids were made. So I explained some and told them that they can say no. I think that's very important because it seems that no one was explaining them anything. They wanted me to stay there and wait for the next Aranui to pick me up again. They were very surprised about me not being married yet. Noella told me I should just be a bit patient. So funny, a ten year old telling you that. They were great, as all kids are, I wish I could have stayed longer.
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  • Day69

    The last island of the Marquesas we visited was the driest. Theoretically. We had lot's of rain again, warm rain, I didn't mind. Some did. So at least they have something to complain about and everyone was happy 😌
    We were picked up by trucks, we were in the car with Patrice, a rasta man, we were singing along to some Reggae music, well, not me since still without voice. They all take such good care of me. Like yesterday Tino, one of the marquesas guide gave me a glass of whisky with honey and lemon juice for my voice to come back. The crew is fantastic, my favorites are the marines. They work so much, always friendly. I think they are the heart of this ship, they are the ones that make this ship so special. I can recommend it to everyone even the younger ones. You are quite an exotic thing being young on this ship. And if you speak French and you are a bit open you make wonderful and unforgettable meetings. I am very happy I landed here.
    Each island has it speciality of art, here it was the bone carving. So we visited a market again, I played hide and seek with a girl, that was much fun. It was the French mothersday so we got a lot of flowers, we all smelled very good. Tino gave me a flower necklace and one of the marines the flower crown. In polynesian tradition offering a flower corwn to a woman was marrying her. We had a polynesian evening with dances and life music and some haka again. There is one of the marines being in the famous haka group traveling all around the world. He looks so different dressed normally and in his costume with all the tattoos and the black coloring in the face. As said before, it is very raw and masculine, on the other side you have women dancing 'la dance du oiseau' which is so grazile and feminine. It is so clearly set, men being the worriers and woman being the carer. No women would ever dance the haka. At the same time they do not mind at all if there is transvestism. I think this is amazing, letting be the other how she/he wants to be.
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  • Day70

    Only 5000 people visit this archipelago every year, the Aranui 5- guests being a big part of it since coming twelve times with around 200 tourists. Before human settlement there were only around 400 plants and only little animals, no mammals, a few birds and many insects. Mango, Banana and all those fruites came with humans around 200 years ago as well animals as rats, goats, horses and chicken. There are so many chicken here. They do not chase them because they eat the centripete, who can be 15cm long with a big clamps in the front and a thing I do not want to meet here. So chicken can fly again and they make a lot of noises, no matter the hour.
    The marquesas is very green and vegetables and fruits grow very easily. It is still not rentable to do a lot of it since it is so far away from everything here and the pay for the picker for example is high since it's kind of Fench here. The Aranui changed it's itinerary and is the only boat that goes directly from here to the society islands like Borabora. They do not have fresh goods there and the quality from Tahiti is not comparable to the one here. A new market for the people in the Marquesas opened with selling fresh fruits and vegetables to those islands. So the rich and beautiful can eat fresh mango, too.
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