Monday, May 10, 2010

Papeete to Moorea

The choice is to fly or to take a ferry from Papeete to Moorea. We chose the ferry, actually a catamaran that makes the trip in about 30 minutes.

The ride from the hotel to the ferry dock was fairly busy, along a highway with a speed limit of 90 km. for part of the way. We bought our tickets and found ourselves a spot in the waiting area.

Our catamaran ferry arrived a fairly brisk speed.

We sailed past the Paul Gauguin cruise ship, moored in the same area of this small port, and headed toward Moorea.

After the ferry ride (the on-board “movie” was an old Perry Mason show dubbed into French), we arrived to pouring rain – at least it was warm rain.

A shuttle driver sent by the Hilton at our request was waiting for us, holding up a sign that said “Warmer” on it. That it is. Suddenly we were on a different island. The speed limit is 60 km. and the road twisted its way along the ocean for most of the drive to the Hilton Moorea.

We checked in and eventually found ourselves in a “garden bungalow,” not the over-the-water bungalows but still very pleasant. We were told that we could ask about the latter “tomorrow.”

Tomorrow is another day.

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