Destination: Mo’orea, French Polynesia Day 4
Date: June 2013
Activity: Hitchhiking to Belvedere Point Lookout
What a beautiful island…Mo’orea is such a fantastic place to visit. Our time here was simple and we didn’t do a lot of sight seeing but the views were magnificent. We were docked in Cooks Bay and our vistas were full of palm trees ad pineapple fields. The rocks over looking the bay jetted straight up like volcanic rocks from days long ago. Now everything is covered in a thick green foliage of jungle. Even the sound is enchanting. We could hear the water lapping on the shores in the distance with roosters crowing in the back grounds. At night we could hear the local luau going in full force entertaining tourists like us and I could swear we could smell the pigs roasting in the pits!
We tried going to a luau and told the luau company that we had booked with that we would need to be picked up at the Bali Hai timeshare resort. Unfortunately they never showed to pick us up and we missed seeing a luau here in Mo’orea. We knew we had made a mistake by forgetting to bring the lua companies phone number with us to shore so instead of getting too upset we ordered pizzas and ate them on shore and then returned home still ready for a night of fun.
Our fourth day in French Polynesia started with an attempt to make a hike up to Belvedere lookout. Little did we know we had bitten off more than we could chew. Our maps showed that hiking from Cooks Bay had a lot of switch backs so we decided to walk around to Opunoho Bay and start our hike from there. Though our maps made the lookout look close by it was in fact about a four mile hike up. With my four youngest and my sister “K”’s daughter “L” strapped to her daddy’s back we soon realized our efforts may have to be abandoned.
Trent had other plans of course and so he stuck his thumb out and before we knew it a truck pulled over and was willing to give us a ride to the base of the lookout hike. So the little kids and I jumped into the back of the crew cabbed truck and Trent and “K&M” jumped into the truck bed and we were off.
During my visit with our drivers I found out they were there on holiday too but just for the weekend from Tahiti. They spoke a limited amount of English but they had the sweetest hearts and though our drive with them should have only been about ten minutes to the base of the hike they decided to drive us all the way to the top of the lookout.. all four miles! The little kids were overjoyed and before we knew it we were at Belvedere Lookout gazing upon the two bays of Southern Mo’orea.
It was a gorgeous spot and off in the distance sat our little boat The Amara. Thinking we were going to leave our dear drivers we said our goodbyes but then Maima, the wife, said no they could not leave us to hike down the four miles back down. So they sweetly stayed and waited for our pictures to be taken, offering to take a few themselves, and we were back in the pickup making our way down the mountain side. We learned more about Maima and her husband Frederic, who both lived in Tahiti and Fredric immigrated from France long ago. They had two children, and since Maima used to be a kindergarten teacher she knew with one glance at Bella that she was not up for a four mile hike.
Soon we were back to our dock and Uncle “M” swam back to the Amara to get the dinghy and drove it back to get us all loaded up and back to the boat. The kids were excited to get an ice cream at the local grocery store and we snacked on that while we waited for Uncle “M”.
The rest of our day consisted of snorkeling, laying out, listening to music and pretending we were living the good life like Jay Z and Beyonce. I can totally see why they take time on their yachts in remote places all over the world. This is definitely the way to enjoy life to the fullest. My favorite part of this sailing adventure is the meeting people from all over the world. Even later that day Maima and her daughter jet skied over to the Amara to say hello. What an awesome lady she was! I feel privileged to have gotten to know her a little during our stay in Mo’orea.
Safe and Happy Travels!