Since we had a few more hours to kill before our room was ready, we rented a car (maybe $120?) for 4 hours & took off to drive around the island. Having just arrived, we were still mesmerized by the beautiful shades of water that surrounded the island.
Our first stop was the Temple de Papeto’ai, which was located on a lovely little peninsula that offered great views all around.
We could even see the Hilton off in the distance and pick out our bungalow on the end of the pontoon.
From the point, we could see a people on a viewing platform high above us & we attempted to visit (find) it later that week, but ended up at a different peak.
We stopped into this little hotel for lunch- I was hoping to find a place on/near the water with a view & after trekking off-road we arrived at this restaurant with a view. It was a much smaller, more basic hotel & appeared to serve more families and groups of French tourists.
We kept on driving, admiring both the gorgeous peaks on the left and the stunning waters on our right as we kept remarking how much Moorea reminded us of Kauai. We ran into our only rain (except for an over-night storm) as we passed through the south point of the island.
It was neat seeing all the small cities & then driving through the “bigger” town with a port and a political rally going on. We stopped to pick up snacks and mixers for our room & then enjoyed the view from this bluff with Tahiti behind us and another hotel below us.
We really love to get out & explore when we get to new places, especially ones as beautiful as this with green cliffs & brilliant shores.
A view of the reef, with the lighter waters being dotted with coral & the island of Tahiti in the background.
GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: Squeezed in a 10 mile bike ride with hubby and cooked dinner tonight- I’m super wife!