Since we are still in Tahiti working on projects, we partnered with the crew of Evergreen and rented a car to do some exploring.
|Doug and Carla and the Big Tiki|
It is actually 2 islands: Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Iti, which are connected by the isthmus. We drove almost all around Tahiti Nui, which is only 114k.
|Lighthouse on Point Venus|
Then we stopped at Point Venus, which used to be the site of Cook's observatory. Now, there is a lighthouse on a black sand beach, with several memorials to the Mutiny crew, historical events, and the missionaries.
|Doug walking to the waterfall|
Surfing, boogie boarding, and paddle boarding - all very popular in Tahiti. It was wonderful to watch the show and the sunset.
|Resting at the museum|
The next day, we drove south. Our first stop, was the Musee de Tahiti et des Iles. We really enjoyed the museum and learned a lot about the Polynesian islands geology and history. We highly recommend it!
|Doug and Dennis checking out the Grotto|
|Carol wading thru the Grotto|
The Grottos are supposed to go back quite a ways, but we decided just to peek in. Carol at least got her feet wet!
This marae (traditional temple) was in excellent condition and we could imagine the ceremonies and rituals that were performed here long ago. Very few women were allowed in the temples - not sure why...
|Bird of Paradise?|
If you ever get to Tahiti, be sure to check out the island and all that it has to offer!