South Pacific CruiseAuthor: travelmel (More Trip Reviews by travelmel)
Date of Trip: February 2007
Our swim was topped off by a barbeque lunch, a feast of chicken, fish, sausages and fresh fruit. It was one of the most relaxing days -- and tours -- of the trip. In hindsight, this was the one port where we wished we'd had time to do even more, such as hiking through the island's unspoiled rainforest or parasailing above its craggy peaks and duo of picturesque bays.
After reading a book about a place, or seeing a play, it never turns out to be exactly how you pictured it in your head. But in this case, reality was pretty close to fiction: breathtaking, idyllic and relaxing. I'd never seen water so blue (the Caribbean is greenish and the ocean off the Jersey shore where I live is -- sadly -- gray). The bays and lagoons surrounding the islands of the South Pacific are colors I've only seen in the Crayola 64 box of crayons: cerulean, turquoise, aquamarine. But beyond the typically stunning landscape, we bounced up a hill in Bora Bora in a 4WD vehicle to see giant World War II cannons, walked on the bottom of the ocean with just a helmet and a loaf of bread -- and, in today's busy world, found time to really talk to each other over mahi mahi burgers and beer on Huahine.
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