Ahh, Moorea…the most beautiful island on earth, at least of all those we have seen so far. But Arthur Frommer, who writes the popular travel guides, agrees with us. It was raining today, so the photos are a little different from when we were here earlier this year. These are of the cloudy and stormy variety, but still interesting. During the day, it alternately poured, rained, sprinkled, and had full shining sun!…quite normal for tropical islands. Once again, as in Nuku Hiva, we were greeted with live music by local musicians. There is a short video of them at the end of the photos. All of the women wore wreaths on their heads, some as elaborate as the older woman in the photo near the end, filled with flowers, and others just woven palms. Both women and men wore colorful pareos, or wrap-around skirts, along with colorful shirts.
Moorea means “yellow lizard” in the Tahitian language. Located only 11 miles from the island of Tahiti, it is an easy day trip from Tahiti and is a honeymoon destination. Normally, when looking out from its beaches, you can see 20-30 colors of blue as the ocean deepens. Charles Darwin found inspiration for his theory on coral formation as he looked at Moorea from a mountain in Tahiti. Referring to the barrier reef surrounding Moorea, he described it as a “picture in a frame”….which it is, it is!