Saying Goodbye to Motu Ahuna & French Polynesia Part 16

Saying Goodbye to Motu Ahuna & French Polynesia Part 16

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“Iaorana” Spoken Here

Destination: Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Date: August 2013

Activity: Island Living

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Signs found around our motu
Motu Ahuna, French Polynesia August 2013

Our time in Bora Bora and French Polynesia came to a close after spending twenty-six days in the area.  In recap we started in Tahiti where we met my sister “K” and her husband “M” and daughter “L” and boarded their boat the Amara for fifteen days!  We sailed from Tahiti, to Mo’orea, Huahine, Raitea, Tahaa and finally to Bora Bora.  When we left the Amara we stayed two nights at the Hitlon Bora Bora resort to enjoy a little civilization and finally made our next stop at the Motu Ahuna which we endearingly called our “ship wreck island”.

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The living room of our little home away from home
Motu Ahuna, French Polynesia August 2013

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Our master bedroom!
Motu Ahuna, French Polynesia August 2013

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The living room of our accommodations
Motu Ahuna, French Polynesia August 2013

Our island was the best kind of relaxation around.  With its own security system, a reef that nearly surrounds the entire motu, it is almost impossible to sneak up on our beach.  We sat at the entrance to the Bora Bora harbor watching all the cruise ships, sailboats, yachts, and supply ships come and go from our little beach knowing we were in perfect safety because none of them could penetrate our little beach due to the reef.  We would spend our days on Motu Ahuna, laying out, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, kayaking, outrigger canoeing, exploring, collecting shells, laying in hammocks, making the most delicious meals (everything tastes better on an island), and spending lots of time as a family.  We laughed, told stories, played games, sang, danced and did everything we could think of to keep ourselves entertained.  The kids were a riot.

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Good bye to the Paul Gauguin cruise ship that sat in harbor for two days
Motu Ahuna, French Polynesia August 2013

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The simple beauties of Motu Ahuna & the beautiful view of Bora Bora
French Polynesia, August 2013

Our main living area and kitchen had no walls so we were a little more vulnerable to the elements of sideways rain, ants, and night time critters but the sound of the water lapping at our beach just steps away and a cool breeze coming in from the ocean outweighed these minor nuisances.  The first night we couldn’t get our stove lit so we had to cook our food over an open fire pit.  One of our last nights there our water turned off so we had to use the hose outside to do our dishes and wash our faces before bed.  Both of these minor problems were quickly rectified by our paradise owner, Tia.

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The local grocery store didn’t have a ton of selection or supplies but we were able to get what we needed to cook some tasty meals
Bora Bora, French Polynesia August 2013

At night we looked at the stars around an open fire on the beach and made smores and banana boats as a family and we talked about our goals and priorities in life.  Trent and I had limited access to the internet but the kids had none.  There was no TV to divert their attentions, or friends knocking on our front door.  We have had the best summer I can ever remember for our little family.  It is something we will never forget.

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Clay is helping Dad get the “Coral Crusher” tied up after a trip over to Bora Bora
French Polynesia, August 2013

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The girls loved playing on the outrigger canoe provided by the owner of our home away from home
Bora Bora, French Polynesia August 2013

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Playing Banana Grams and in the sand was two of our favorite pastimes!
Bora Bora, French Polynesia, August 2013

At one point Lexi said, “Mom we should always go on vacation because we get to spend so much more time together than when we are at home.”  Sadly our lives at home are filled with practices, sports, music lessons and everything we think is making us better humans and able to contribute more to life.  But we have found that by cutting out the camps and just being together this summer we have grown as a family.  We are stronger, more patient, and we have become better friends.  I hope that as this next school year progresses we can remember these feelings of unity and build upon them.

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Our new favorite place to purchase black pearls on the island of Bora Bora
French Polynesia, August 2013

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The kids are learning how to place a pearl and hold a bunch of oysters that are getting ready to harvest!
Bora Bora, French Polynesia August 2013

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Our goodbye lunch at Bloody Mary’s in Bora Bora
French Polynesia, August 2013

Our last day in the area we went over to The Farm and visited the pearl farm owned by the owner of our accommodations, Tia.  We were welcomed with open arms like we were members of the family– after staying at her place for a week.  We had a great tour of the pearl farm and learned how pearls are placed and harvested.  It was an amazing process.  At the end of our tour the kids were even presented t-shirts!  We had the best time!  It was definitely a spirit of Iaorana.  Then Tia arranged for one of her employees to pack up our gear and take us over to the Bora Bora airport.  It was depressing to say goodbye but we definitely left this area of the world like we were saying goodbye to family!  I highly recommend visiting The Farm and staying at Tia’s paradise, Motu Ahuna!  Its an unforgettable experience!

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One of Tia’s signs on the motu! Couldn’t have said it better myself!
Motu Ahuna, French Polynesia August 2013

Safe and Happy Travels!!!

Maruru!!