Hitch-hiking with the Kids in Mo’orea; French Polynesia Part 4
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Hitch-hiking with the Kids in Mo’orea; French Polynesia Part 4

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Hitch-hiking with the Kids in Mo’orea; French Polynesia Part 4

Destination: Mo’orea, French Polynesia Day 4

Date: June 2013

Activity: Hitchhiking to Belvedere Point Lookout

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Belvedere Lookout
Mo’orea French Polynesia July 2013

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!

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Everyday we wake up to rainbows on this enchanted island
Mo’orea, French Polynesia July 2013

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Bella and Leah enjoying another beautiful day
Mo’orea French Polynesia July 2013

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.

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The three little girls killing time while we waited for our driver to take us to the luau.
Mo’orea, French Polynesia July 2013

 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.

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The views of Belvedere Lookout
Mo’orea French Polynesia July 2013

water of the bay

The beautiful water of Cooks Bay
Mo’orea, French Polynesia July 2013

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.

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Our new Tahitian friends and drivers that took us to Belvedere Lookout
Mo’orea French Polynesia July 2013

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.

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Finally to the top of the lookout
Mo’orea French Polynesia, July 2013

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Everyone loves Dad after he saved us from an eight mile hike with the use of his hitch hiking thumb!
Mo’orea French Polynesia July 2013

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.

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Back on the dinghy and ready for a day of snorkeling
Mo’orea French Polynesia July 2013

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”.

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Enjoying some good food and music on the front of the Amara
Mo’orea, French Polynesia July 2013

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Bella loves to snorkel
Mo’orea French Polynesia July 2013

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Clay gives me the thumbs up as we enjoy our day of snorkeling
Mo’orea French Polynesia July 2013

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Bailey finally joins us after an all day scuba class
Mo’orea French Polynesia July 2013

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The best kind of day!
Mo’orea French Polynesia July 2013

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.

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Leah is so proud of her snorkel catch!
Mo’orea, French Polynesia July 2013

Safe and Happy Travels!