8-12 May 2004.
When the travel agent says, “Oh the cheapest way to get to Canada on a one-way is through Tahiti” do you stop to read any fine print? I think not. Do you book four days there with no airport charges or hassles for the stopover? Chit-yeah.
After staying the first night on Tahiti island we boarded a ferry over to the lagoon-ringed Island of Moorea. We rented the cheapeast bungalow possible on the island (<$100 Aus per night, a major steal in Tahiti). No Sheraton Resort over-the-water type bungalow with restaurant, and heaps of people, for us. What we did find was a comfortable, fully-equiped bungalow with the best location and serenity in Tahiti (in my opinion). There were only four of these little places in an off-shoot of one of the bigger resorts, but about 4kms away. Can't tell you where....its our little secret!
Anyway judge for yourself from the pics....
The unobstructed view from our shack (photo taken 8m from front door).
2 things that you could do…
We gorged ourselves on freshly picked pineapple (best ever) and Bree cheese on baguettes in true French style….
We went on a ’round the island’ bikeride (60kms) where we stopped to swim with bright fish and friendly rays… and although it was a long ride, when we finished we wanted to do it again!
In the end the cost saving maybe wasn’t that much (or nothing…), but it was the best stopover we have ever had. Thats the way to break up a long flight!