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French Polynesia Cruise Day 4, Raiatea

By Lauren James - Published June 09, 2009 - Viewed 10927 times

Day Four - May 20, 2009

Raiatea -- We did our tour of Raiatea in a 4x4. We drove into the mountains where we saw some amazing views, visited marae which were right on the water in quite a beautiful location, and visited a vanilla farm and pearl farm.  It was a bit rainy so we rode with the top up. This was welcomed, as we didn’t get too wet.  However, it seemed like every time we made a stop to get out of the 4x4, it would stop raining so we could see the sights. We enjoyed having the opportunity to see the interior of the island on this tour.

Raiatea 4x4 Jeep

Raiatea 4x4 Jeep

Raiatea Jeep Tour

View from 4x4 Tour in Raiatea

Raiatea marae 1

Marae visited during 4x4 tour in Raiatea

Marae visited during 4x4 tour in Raiatea

Vanilla beans at the vanilla farm in Raiatea

The ship provided free snorkeling trips from the Zodiacs, so we signed up for this in the afternoon. But I wasn’t feeling very well, so we ended up canceling the trip and I took a nap. I wish we hadn’t canceled because I hate to miss out on snorkeling opportunities, but I don’t think I could have made it.  After my nap I felt much better and we participated in the cocktail demonstration at the bar.  This was a lot of fun.  We were so busy socializing, we missed Cynthia’s (the Polynesian hostess of the cruise who somehow remembered everyone’s name and even remembered where were from!) talk on pearls.  But later that evening I took a look at the pearls and ended up buying some earrings for myself and pendants for my mother and mother in-law.  They are beautiful and a great value compared to prices at other shops around the islands.


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