Not too good a night sleep. It takes some use to on a boat + the fact that we went to bed extremely early. As a result it is now 4:15am, still pitch dark outside. The question of the moment is, how to recharge my phone?
Early start of the day at 6:30am after a good night sleep. Aiming to have breakfast at 7am and plan the day’s activities.
In the meantime, it remains to enjoy the view
So the plan is to make our way round the island with a few stops along the way.
The first of these stops is at ” La Montagne Magique” where for a mere 200 CFPF you are allowed to walk up to the view point. Not an easy task as it is quite steep and of course very hot. But it is really worth it. The 360º view at the top is breathtaking and highlights what Polynesia is.
It is the same steep hill to walk down and it is even warmer
We are rewarded however a tasting of local fruits and jams. Add to this a fruit juice, in my case pineapple and lemon, freshly prepared and the climb is quickly forgotten.
Time to visit a beach, we had spotted from the viewpoint and nice white sand stretch in the lagoon and this is where we are heading.
The water is warm and clear and I take my very first underwater pic.
Landed in Papeete extremely early and earlier than scheduled at 5:30 am. By the time we are through immigration and collect the rented car (quite a small one for 4 adult passengers and 2 pieces of luggage each) an hour has gone by.
We decide to drive to our booked guest house but of course it is far too early to check in and the rooms will not be available before 3 pm. We can however offload our luggage and change into something more appropriate for the heat.
We decide to drive all around the island of Tahiti on a discovery tour but before that a hot drink is needed. We stop at a very pleasant boulangerie on the way to the town centre and it is also an opportunity to get local cash from the ATM next door.
It is not difficult to find the coastal road, there is only one and we are off on a clockwise direction.
We make a couple more stops en route
Even find a beach to go swimming. The sun is extremely powerful so we do not stay too long unprotected.
And eventually arrive at the excellent Guest House by 3 pm
Here we have time to relax, make use of the jacuzzi, shower before going out for dinner at the Blue Banana restaurant.