Archipelago (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archipelago )
Huahine is really two islands connected together by a bridge. The larger island is Huahine Nui and has the main town of Fare on it. The smaller island is Huahine Iti.
We woke up to rain and a beautiful rainbow. When we got on the ship it there was another rainbow and I felt good about it. I couldn't believe I was seeing another one so soon. I definitely felt like this was going to be a good time. It was also fun to realize we were being sheltered in a lagoon,
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagoon)... I thought its not the blue lagoon but it is pretty and different from what I'm used to seeing.
|Rainbow over Huahine's lagoon|
As soon as I stepped out on the deck to go to the restaurant and started to look around I was like - Oh My Gosh --- Oh My, Holey Moley I'm in a caldera!!! Because all I could see was volcanic rock rising up and surrounding the lagoon we were in. I was expecting to see some Lagoonal coral reefs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagoonal_reef) but I wasn't expecting to see this.
A caldera is a collapsed volcano. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caldera I had read where Bora Bora was considered a caldera but I wasn't expecting Huahine to be one also.
After I got home and looked up caldera's I was wondering if this wouldn't be considered more a volcanic crater? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcanic_crater; (any insight as to wether this is a caldera or a crater would be appreciated.)
As we were driving around the island I did get this picture so you can see what I mean about being surrounded by volcanic rocks.
These are the pictures I took from the ship. At first I was just snapping away. But then I tried to get them in sequence so you could get a feel for how you were totally surrounded.
The light was shifting too as the clouds were moving around. I was just glad the rain had stopped for me to be able to get them.
The blue waters were so pretty.
Because of the cloud cover I could tell these went together.
They took us by tender to the dock. Then there were all these people holding up signs for the different groups. Most of the excursions were for scuba diving and snorkeling. I was more interested in the cultural aspects of things. We saw the sign for the excursion we were going on and got on a bus with the other people. We got these pictures while waiting for the others. But it didn't take long for people to load up.
This was a meeting place for the people.
More pictures of the Fare.
After we were done there we went on to see a vanilla plantation. I recently had read the book 'The Signature of All Things: A Novel" by Elizabeth Gilbert. In it the heroine Alma Whitaker goes to Tahiti and lives there awhile trying to figure out why the vanilla plants weren't growing beans. It was taking place back in the 1800's and that was before they knew about pollination. It was very interesting to read and I couldn't wait to see what the book was talking about.
It didn't take us long before we were on to other places. This is very typical of the churches we saw while in the area. As the guide said before the missionaries came they had many gods. The missionaries helped them discover the one God but in doing so they lost their culture because it wasn't the standards by which the missionaries believed in and lived by. Now that they believe in the one God they are able to go back and relearn their cultures because the missionaries did take good notes and documented so much. They are trying to blend the two together with the one belief in God.
|Tropical beach on Huahine|
|A blueeyed Eeel At Faaie Huahine|
|Blue-eyed eel on Huahine|
They did take us up over one of the ridges and it did give us a good look at the lagoon with the cruise ship in it.
|Looking at the cruise ship Paul Gauguin in the Huahine Lagoon|
We only spent one day there and then it was on to our next island.
The ship wanted to leave the lagoon while there was still light and it did make for some pretty pictures as we went out to sea.
I thought it was very interesting to see the waves breaking where they were. More will be written about this at on other days.
|Motu Vavaratea on Huahine|
|Leaving Huahine via the cruise ship Paul Gauguin|
They had shows aboard the ship but I failed to bring my camera to them and didn't get any for this day.
There is a group of people and my spouse - you know who you are - I just want to THANK YOU for this incredible experience.