Polynesia – Conclusion

After thoughts

I am extremely glad I went, the time spent planning ahead was really worth it. Everything ran according to plan. It was also extremely well budgeted. I suppose our day to day experience in a previous working life had something to do with it.

I agree that Polynesia is as close as one can get to paradise. It is of course another way of life, “island life” so to speak where nature has priority over anything else. I am convinced it takes a lot of getting used to but I can understand people abandoning everything and settle in such an environment. I doubt it is everyone’s cup of tea.

I only visited islands in the western Leeward Islands. There are 115 to go in the other four archipelago. The main and largest island of Tahiti with the capital Papeete is like any major town and even major town in the south of France with its French supermarkets and DIY shops (Carrefour, Leclerc etc etc). The nature and the ever changing colours of the sky and sea are of course very different.

The largest and most impressive difference for me in an extremely positive way is the people. Welcoming and friendly to an extent I have encountered nowhere else before.

All the other islands are very much smaller, all within their fantastic looking lagoons. As a rule they are extremely clean and well kept with a luxurious vegetation and exotic plants. A possible exception is Bora Bora. Due to the relatively large tourism industry the island is not as tidy and clean as the others visited. However the views from the air and the lagoon itself is simply out of this world.

The flora on the islands and the variety of fishes in all the emerald lagoons is incredible.

We have been told by some locals that the good news is that the coral is growing. This is excellent.

The same people told us and actually showed us that the water is rising and some of the smaller motus (small islands around the lagoons) are disappearing and lost half of their size in the past 10 years. This is a disaster.

From a political point of view there is a strong independents’ party wanting to pull away from France. We saw quite a few of the “independent flag” on houses and cars. Polynesia is certainly not very rich, I really wonder what would happen without the financial support from France who ensure the infrastructure (roads, hospitals, etc) is maintained and from what I have seen to quite a high standard.

The team

Some souvenirs

Sun sets on board the catamaran were always something very special

(Click the pics below for short videos)

The sharks

My very first time with sharks. Quite a special feeling

Coral gardens

This incredible feeling of floating in the current which pushes you through this gigantic aquarium

The Lagoons

It is almost impossible to relate the real colours with photos and videos

The flora

Wherever you go, it is lush green with exotic flowers and fruits growing everywhere.

The views

We walked to the top of the Magic Mountain in Moorea for the 360 degrees view

From the air

Brilliant views of the lagoons and islands when you fly over them.

The Rays

The majestic rays. Quite an experience to swim near them. They are so impressive.

The Beaches

This one on Moorea was particularly satisfying and needed after the climb shortly before on top of the “Magic Mountain”

The Catamaran

Smooth and relaxing. The ideal way to discover the surrounding lagoons.


All photos have been uploaded in myCloud at this location day by day. Now begins the editing and discarding task.

The trip

I am still working on the day to day summary / travel blog

I intend to make a paper photo album (carnet de voyage) to keep memories alive


This entry was posted in Places, Travel and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.