Destination: Huahine, French Polynesia
Date: July 2013
Activity: Snorkeling and Church
Huahine is a small, exotic, and typically polynesian island. It is not for finding big exciting things to do, but rather to get away from it all and relax. Since it is a nice stop on the way to Raiatea from Mo’orea we decided to stop here for two days.
Our boat ride over from Mo’orea was anything but smooth sailing. We decided to make the twelve hour, approximately 125 mile journey, at night so the kids could sleep because we knew there was a lot of wind coming our way. The ride was bumpy to say the least. We tossed and turned and the ocean shrieked all night and every time I thought a log hit the hull I was assured that it was only a wave. It was a scary journey but with Captain “D” and Uncle “M” at the wheel we knew we were in good hands. It was considerate that they did the move at night because all the kids slept through most of it. Only when Bella woke up at 6am did she feel the rolling of the boat enough to sit up grab a bucket and throw up!
Since we’ve been in Huahine we’ve enjoyed some excellent snorkeling off of the boat and the beach nearby. The kids love putting on their snorkels and just going for it. With a little parental supervision they are free as the fish they are swimming with. We’ve checked out a beach here, ate lunch and dinner at the same place, Restaurant Omai, and enjoyed both meals though our service was better at lunchtime when we were the only patrons in the place. Dinner was good though because it also came with entertainment so we enjoyed some of the local dancing by some local dancers.
Our stay in Huahine coincided with a Sunday so we quickly found a church and took our entire group to a Sunday service. Though we don’t speak Tahitian or French we could still feel the love from our fellow saints in the gospel. It was a little hard for the kids to sit and pay attention because they didn’t understand a word but it all seems to come full circle when we sang the hymn, “God be with you ‘till we meet again.” Though the congregation sang in French it was easy for me to think of the words in English and sing along. What a spirit we could feel in the chapel as I looked around at my French Polynesian brothers and sisters in the gospel. Its good to see the church is the same where ever we travel. I think this has been one of the best things for my kids to witness where ever we go in the world. The church is true and it is the same! God loves His children in the tiny island of Huahine as much as he loves his children in Texas!
We have been getting the royal treatment on board the Amara. My sister “K” and her husband “M” are great hosts for our little army. I feel like we may overwhelm them at times with our big group of loud, and always hungry children, but they don’t seem to give us any idea that we aren’t welcome. We are on day five of this sailing adventure and I’m still loving this whole idea of sailing the world on a private vessel. I think “K&M” have got it pretty good with the great weather, views, food, sounds, and smells of this sailing adventure!
Next stop Raiatea!! Safe and Happy Travels!!