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#21
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Originally posted by davwen81
This is such a wonderful thread and I have been thoroughly enjoying all your hints and great information. Can't wait till the next chapter. I am keeping all your info for future reference as it's invaluable, thank you. Wendy and David


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Thanks Wendy and David ...

Thread is getting very little action ... so ..... I'll go enjoy taking some local pictures as I did yesterday. I took around 500 pictures on this last trip to FP/Cook's and only shared a handful so far but for now I think I'll relax and enjoy doing some other things. Maybe after the new year I'll start up again as I plan for another trip to paradise. If anyone wants some help with questions just contact me. Again thanks for the kind words.

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#22
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Thank you, TBK, will do and enjoy your "time off", lol.


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#23
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Ah what the heck, have a little extra time today ...

Heading west from the Hilton Moorea you will come by a public beach. Pretty beach with lots of shade and some decent snorkeling.



Continue past the public beach and you will be entering Opunohu Bay which of late has been the primary anchoring location for the Paul Gauguin. All along Opunohu Bay are wonderful places to capture beautiful pictures of the landscape as well as the Paul Gauguin.





At the very end of Opunohu Bay is the turnoff for the Belvedere Lookout, Ag School and some wonderful cultural sites. As you drive you will come to some pastures with magnificant peaks and before you go up the hilly part there are usually a few horses along the road. We usually bring an apple or two from the ship and give them a treat ...



Continue up the road ... it will get very narrow so make sure you stay on the correct side of the road. Next stop will be the Ag School .... stop here for some locally made ice-cream. My favorite is the pineapple but they are all good.



Across the narrow road is a grove of bamboo, a great photo opportunity.



After your refreshments continue up the narrow road. Along the way you will come across some cultural sites which are worth a look.
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#24
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Continue on and you will arrive at the top ... the Belvedere .... If you have a large computer screen I linked this yo a large view so you can really take it in



Next will be the west side of the Bay and the Intercontinental Moorea Resort.
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#26
Victoria, BC
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TBK... Thank you very much for continuing to post your information and pictures. My wife and I are heading back to FP later this month for two weeks, one of which will be spent on the PG. It's our first cruise with them. I have thoroughly enjoyed your posts and hope that you will continue as you have time.
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#27
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Thank you both for the kudos ....

Here is the link to the large file of the Belevdere view and yes that is the Paul Gauguin in Cook's Bay on the right: https://photos.smugmug.com/South-Pac...rea%201-X5.jpg

Here are a few more taken in the Bays on Moorea ...












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#28
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Gorgeous!


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#29
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Makes me want July 2018 to hurry up and get here.
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#30
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Lets continue on our journey ....

As you return to Opunohu Bay turn to your left on to the main road. As you continue along the western side of the bay you will have more incredible views of The Paul Gauguin if she is anchored here. As you get close to the opening of the reef You will arrive at Papetoal. There is a small market on the corner called Magasin Rene. Turn right here and you will come to the tender drop off location for the Paul Gauguin. Moorea recently completed a nice addition to the tender location. There are several vendors that sell local work of art as well as some vendors who may be for hire.

There is also a round church located here. On Sunday we've gone to church here and enjoyed the worship in their local language, just beautiful. From the tender drop off location if you look back toward the mountains and just a bit to the left you will see Magic Mountain, the place where vendors take you when you are doing the quad runners or ATV's. Incredible views form up there.

As you continue on the main road you will arrive at one of the very best places to eat on the island, Snack Mahana. Can get very busy at lunch so I would suggest either an early lunch or late lunch. The food here is very good and priced very reasonably for FP. The Poison Cru is to die for as is the Mahi Mahi ... fresh. You do no go here for the 5 star setting, you go here for the the food, the locals and to enjoy the lagoon as you sit under a giant tree.

Continue on and you will come to the Coco Beach transfer point.



This is one of the places where you can snag a boat shuttle out ot the motus and the restaurant. The picture gives the details for you.

Continue on and you will arrive at the Intercontinental Moorea Resort. On the left side of the road is a market. During lunch time they have 'plates' like you wiuld get in Hawaii. For around $12 bucks you can enjoy a hot lunch that isn't to bad.

Go into the Intercontinental and park. I've stayed here several times and it's a great place if you want a resort that offers many things to do and if your traveling with kids under 14 this is the best of the big four resorts on Moorea to stay. You have a very nice pool area, large beach area, inner lagoon area which is very safe with toddlers, the turtle sactuary and of course Dolphin Quest. The food is good though a bit pricy but this is true of any of the major resorts.

Here is a layout of the resort with a few added items to help you out.



My lunch the last time I stopped by ....



A beautify turtle at the sactuary .....



The inner lagoon ... pix 1



Pix 2



More pictures of the resort to come ....
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#31
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Loving the write up and photos! Thank you for the great detail.


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#32
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Joined Sep 2007
Heading for Moore and the PG in two weeks. Many thanks for picking up the review. Loving the photos and the many details and hints. Many thanks!
#34
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Joined Aug 2015
Originally posted by clskinsfan
Thanks so much for doing this! This will help tremendously with my planning for a 2019 trip.
No problem .... glad to help ... will upload more pictures of the IC Moorea in a few hours
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#35
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The pool area at the Intercontinental Moorea Resort ....







I'll add some more of the grounds later ....
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#36
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Some more pictures of the grounds at the IC Moorea ....











Next we'll head down the road to Les Tipaniers ...
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#37
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Lets continue on our journey around Moorea ....

Leaving the IC Moorea and going to your right you will come to Tahiti Aromes within about 1/4 mile. This is a great place to buy high quality vanilla either in the bottle or beans. I usually buy my beans here by the kilo, yes a kilo. Thy will vacuum seal the beans so you will have no problem going through customs.





And my personal recipe for making your own vanilla



Continuing on you will shortly arrive at Les Tipaniers ....



Les Tipaniers has a wonderful dinner restaurant and is a place to stay if your looking for basic but clean rooms on a wonderful beach with easy access to the motus. Les Tipaniers is frequented by the French who come here and stay for weeks at a time.

Others have no idea that the beach cafe is good and faily priced and view is outstanding. The place is well ran and the help very friendly. Have eaten here at least a half dozen times, always solid.

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#38
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I want to make it clear while I give suggestions and information I believe the best way to see FP is on the Paul Gauguin. Adding a little time at a resort and checking out the local digs is something to add to your cruise.

I'll continue the journey tomorrow ...
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#39
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Thank you for the vanilla bean recipe, will buy some and make it now! Excellent info! The photos above are sooooo beautiful, we are off to Fiji's Manamuca and Yasawa islands and if they're anything like this we'll be in heaven


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Wendy and David, Australia

P&O - Pacific Islands 1996
NCL - Whitsundays and PNG 1997
Car
nival Spirit - Alaska to Anchorage 2004
Viking Pakhamov - Moscow to St Petersburg river cruise 2006
Celebrity Summit - Miami to LA via Panama Canal 2007
NCL Norwegian Jade - Western Med, Athens to Istanbul 2008
Celebrity Constellation Autumn leaves NYC to Quebec 2009
Celebrity Eclipse - Eastern Mediterranean 2010
Hurtigruten, Polarlys - Bergen to Bergen 2011
Azamara Quest - Singapore to Shanghai 2012

Celebrity Equinox - TA, Ft Lauderdale to Barcelona April 2013

Azamara Journey - Hong Kong to Singapore, Dec 2013
Arcadia - Sydney to Southampton, Feb 2014
Celebrity Solstice - Waikiki to Sydney, Oct 2014
Celebrity Solstice - Sydney to Pacific Is and Fiji March 2015
Azamara Journey - Venice to Venice, June 2015
Celebrity Eclipse - Scandinavia and Russia, July 2015
Hurtigruten Fram -Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands Feb/Mar 2016
Radiance of the Seas - Bravo Performing Arts Cruise October 2016
Emerald Princess - Sydney to New Zealand return November 2016
Upcoming cruises
Celebrity Infinity - South America and Rio Carnival, Feb 2017
Celebrity Infinity - Argentina and Chile March 2017
Celebrity Infinity - Valparaiso to Miami Mar/April 2017
Allure of the Seas Western Caribbean April 2017
AMAKristina Tulip Time, April, 2018
Azamara Quest Rome to Barcelona, May 2018
#40
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Originally posted by davwen81
Thank you for the vanilla bean recipe, will buy some and make it now! Excellent info! The photos above are sooooo beautiful, we are off to Fiji's Manamuca and Yasawa islands and if they're anything like this we'll be in heaven


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Your welcome

Glad to be of help .... much more tips and pictures coming over the next few months. With so many trips there is much information and pictures
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