Category Archives: French Polynesia

The View from Mt Otemanu, Bora Bora

It was my last full day on Bora Bora so I decided to relax and climb another mountain! Haha ok so it wasn’t exactly relaxing but it was definitely a memorable way to finish my trip! Mt Otemanu is impossible to miss but finding the track is actually quite difficult (it’s one of those climb it at your own risk experiences). I eventually found it with the help of a few online guides and off I went. It seemed to go on forever and there weren’t many breaks in the tree line to get a good view. It was getting late so in my desperation to get a decent photo I got a little ‘agricultural’, climbing up a bank and balancing precariously with just one free hand to take the photo (not easy with a giant Canon 5D Mark III). Anyway this was the final result, not bad all things considered.


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Bora Bora Jet Skiing

Before coming to French Polynesia I’d never tried jet skiing, I’ve since been twice so I’m pretty much an expert now! 🙂 My first experience was on Huahine and it was a blast! We had perfect conditions and the instructor was great, making sure we knew what we were doing while giving us the freedom to go at our own pace. I had such a great time I tried it again at Bora Bora. The conditions were rough and our instructor was a bit boring but I still had fun. They must get some absolute idiots on these things so I can understand them being safety conscious. I took this photo after we’d finished up for the day, you can see from the palms trees swaying in the background that it was a bit windy.


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A View of Bora Bora

I asked a number of staff at my hotel where I could get a good view of Bora Bora (from a lookout or something like that) and they responded with a total of zero ideas haha. I guess it’s not a common question around here, if I asked for advice related to snorkeling or sun bathing I’m sure it would have been a different story! Anyway I decided to rent a bicycle and take matters into my own hands, eventually finding a promising lead where I ditched the bike and took things off road! I battled through rugged bush until I could see Mt Otemanu and the other side of the island, sweet!


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Sunset on Matira Beach, Bora Bora

The last few days of my trip are here on the island of Bora Bora. It’s been fun so far and I enjoyed watching the sunset last night on Matira Beach, Bora Bora’s only publicly accessible beach. I thought it would be much busier but I guess everyone else is enjoying cocktails from the comfort of their hotel pool!


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Scooter Dad

My dad, my sister and I rented some scooters and cruised around the island of Huahine for an afternoon. It was a great way to see the island as a whole and we had a blast. 🙂


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The Impossible Blue

I was absolutely mesmerized by this scene on the beach at Huahine. Fluffy white clouds floated across the impossibly blue sky as I slowly dozed off, drifting gently between worlds.


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A Very Inviting Pool

Here’s another photo from the Maitai Lapita Village. I’m not sure if you’ve guessed yet but it’s a swimming pool….and a rather inviting one at that! It was a bit early to be lounging around the pool so it was just me and my camera at this point. Personally I’m more of an ocean guy but I can certainly see the appeal here. 🙂


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Maitai Lapita Village Huahine

I’m staying at the Maitai Lapita Village here on Huahine and it’s gorgeous! It has its own lake with bungalows dotted around the outside, as well as lots of nice gardens and a little museum with some interesting cultural information.


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Sunset on the Island of Huahine

Huahine has a relaxed feel to it and it’s been nice casually strolling around on “island time”. There’s been quite a bit of cloud hovering above but it blows across the island quickly and never really settles in. At sunset these clouds are infused with colour and the whole scene can look quite surreal.


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Staying at the Hilton Moorea

I put quite a bit of research into the places I’m going to stay when I’m planning a trip and typically the most important factor is location. That’s the main reason I chose the Hilton Moorea and I’m glad I did! The staff are friendly and the views are spectacular! I should point out that I’m just a normal paying customer so I don’t have to be nice, if a hotel disappoints then I’ll definitely say so! Here’s a few of the photos I took while staying there, as you can see the overwater bungalows are gorgeous and the property looks amazing during sunrise and sunset.


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Climbing Mt Rotui, Moorea

I didn’t come to French Polynesia just to hang out on the beach! There are some amazing peaks here and climbing them was high on my list of things to do. Mt Rotui on the island of Moorea is only around 900 metres tall but it’s seriously rugged and a challenging climb. Walking along the ridge to the summit was a real thrill and the views are absolutely breathtaking. I made the mistake of leaving in the afternoon which made getting down tricky, the track can be hard to find and it becomes exponentially more difficult in the fading light. I eventually made it back down and boy did I sleep well that night! It’s a great experience and well worth it if you like a bit of adventure with your island holidays.


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Crossing the Moorea Lagoon

The lagoons here on Moorea are beautiful and they really come to life when the sun goes down and the all those amazing colours come out to play! I spotted a girl walking across the still water just after the sun had set and the scene had an almost magical feel to it, like she was walking on water.


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The View from Belvedere Lookout

If you visit the island of Moorea you should definitely make a trip to Belvedere Lookout. It gives you a good overview of the island and Mt Rotui (the mountain on the right of the photo) looks spectacular! There are also a number of walking trails that aren’t well sign posted but do lead to cool spots such as the one you can see right here in the photo.


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Pacific Nights

I’m super excited to explore the islands here in French Polynesia so a bit of darkness isn’t going to slow me down! In fact I think night time photography could be really interesting over here. I took this shot while going for a walk towards Cook’s Bay, cars were occasionally whizzing by so I thought it would be a good chance to capture some light trails. The palm trees looked great in the moonlight and I’m happy with how this one turned out! 🙂


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Sunrise in Tahiti

I’m spending the next few weeks in French Polynesia with my dad and it’s gonna be awesome! We arrived in Tahiti but only stayed there overnight before moving on to the nearby island of Moorea. I didn’t want to waste the chance to see some of Tahiti though so got up early in the morning to watch the sunrise and take a quick look around town.


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