Posted September 5th, 2008, 07:02 PM
Wendy is spot on. Totally agree with her observations. Also, Moorea has far more interesting things to see if you go up in the hills to the archeological sites, the views and various stop offs (like the Agricultural School and ice cream stand).
Beaches are very rocky and shallow with a good deal of rocks underfoot in the water. Forget imagining powdery white sand chic chic beaches in the Caribbean. These are volcanic islands good for snorkeling or scuba.
Well, friends, Tony & I went out today and purchased our first pair of beach shoes for our upcoming trip to the South Pacific. But I still can't get over the fact that the "powdery white sand" I've always seen in photos of Tahiti, etc., is nothing more than an illusion, hiding what lies beneath. To be honest, I have always loved the Caribbbean; and we have vacationed there tons of times; but I've always wished to go to Tahiti. And now, hearing the reality of the beach scene, just kind of took the bloom off the rose for me. Not to mention this cruise is costing about as much as 3 one-week vacations to the Caribbean.
Well, I am sure we will enjoy the cruise, we always do. But I guess a picture is not always worth a thousand words. At least, thanx to all you dear people, I will not be surprised - and will be able to frolic and splash somewhat with my new beach shoes on!!!
But I'm telling you all, the minute I see anything that looks threatening, I will hightail it out of the water so fast.
I am a true coward.