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The blue line is our path on the Moorea day trip on 9/26/14

The blue line is our path on the Moorea day trip on 9/26/14

As I mentioned last time, while we were on Moorea we took a 4X4┬átour of the island. After seeing the photos and doing some research, this rapidly rose to the top of my “must do” list, particularly since the majority of tour time would be spent aboard ship. It was a good call. On our first morning we walked directly across the street to Alberts Tours and hopped into the open back of a Land Rover on facing benches where we would spend the next few hours bouncing around the island on sometimes dicey roads seeing the sights. First stop was the Hilton where we picked up 3 other couples for the morning: a retired couple from Michigan, newlyweds from New York and a young couple from Australia. (Interesting note: of the 6 people we picked up, 4 were chemical engineers.) The map above shows the path we took that day. We drove by Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay, drove to the top of Magic Mountain and the Belvedere, saw a bunch of agriculture, stopped at a pearl store and learned a whole bunch. Random fact: Captain Cook did not anchor in Cook’s Bay but in Opunoho Bay. So much for logic.

All in all we had a great day that was totally worth the investment in time and money. I took some beautiful pictures and spent an enjoyable morning with some interesting fellow travelers.

Patti says:

Yeah, it was a fun tour and we learned a lot. For instance, if you are prone to motion sickness, take Dramamine beforehand. This was a lesson learned the hard way. I was unable to enjoy the beautiful view from the Belvedere, the architectural site or the presentation on pearls. Fortunately I did not embarrass myself in front of all the tourists (or gross them out either) as the pearl shop had a conveniently located restroom.

The Paul Gauguin cruise ship anchored in Opunoho Bay, Moorea, 9/26/14

The Paul Gauguin cruise ship anchored in Opunoho Bay, Moorea, 9/26/14

View of the lagoon from Magic Mountain, Moorea, 9/26/14

View of the lagoon from Magic Mountain, Moorea, 9/26/14

View of a lagoon pass, Moorea, 9/26/14

View of a lagoon pass, Moorea, 9/26/14

View of the Agricultural Lycee (Agricultural School/Station), Moorea, 9/26/14

View of the Agricultural Lycee (Agricultural School/Station), Moorea, 9/26/14

Pineapple field, Moorea, 9/26/14

Pineapple field, Moorea, 9/26/14

Interior shot of lush land & beautiful mountains, Moorea, 9/26/14

Interior shot of lush land & beautiful mountains, Moorea, 9/26/14

Interior shot of lush land & beautiful mountains, Moorea, 9/26/14

Interior shot of lush land & beautiful mountains, Moorea, 9/26/14

The view from the Belvedere, Moorea, 9/26/14

The view from the Belvedere, Moorea, 9/26/14