Best little island continued…

One day we rented a motor boat and circumnavigated the island.  What an adventure!

Our little “put-put” packed with surfboards, snorkel gear, and lunch.


Wylie navigating through the reefs like a local.

Shortly after debarking from our house, we spotted a remote island with a white sandy beach and beautiful clear waters – an invitation we couldn’t refuse.  There appeared to be no one on the island, but as we approached the sandy beach, a dark skinned gentleman in a bright neon green t-shirt walked out to greet us.  It turned out that he was hired by the President to keep watch over the island.  He gave us a little jungle tour , cut open a coconut for us and we were off to enjoy the rest of our day.

The perfect picnic spot.

We pulled out our lunch and sat at the table that was placed about ankle deep in the water.  Within minutes we had hundreds of little fish swimming around our feet, tickling our toes.

I love this video!!!! I think you will, too.



After sadly saying goodbye to the fishies, we continued on to a local surf spot where we found a pack of groms catching waist high waves over a very shallow reef.  I was pretty nervous about dinging my new board, but I couldn’t pass up surfing with the pack whose mean age was probably 10 years old.  Once I got out into the line up, I asked them how they all were in French – “Comment allez-vous?” and in unison, they all replied “Bien!”  From that point on we communicated with the universal language of a smile.   I couldn’t believe that these guys surfed at this shallow reef on their broken up surf boards and boogie boards.  It kind of freaked me out after riding a wave and looking down at the reef about 6 inches below the water’s surface.

One of their Dads was in a motorboat anchored nearby as their support crew.  They would surf a little and then paddle over to the boat for snacks of papaya and other tropical treats. My favorite thing was when they were all out in the water and broke out into spontaneous singing that lead to giggles and smiles from ear to ear.  Now that is my kind of surfing!

Aimee surfing the local break with the groms.

The locals support crew.

Swimming back to the boat after some fun surfing.


Back to Teahupoo, Tahiti

Excerpt from my journal, March 9.

After leaving Moorea, we returned to our house in Teahupoo, Tahiti.  Despite the bugs, we really liked Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Iti. Although it doesn’t have the white sandy beaches you see in all the postcards, its black sandy beaches, low lying coastal roads that seem to float on the lagoons, and steep, jagged mountains covered in dense green leafy forests give it a rustic beauty of its own.  It also is home to one of the most well-known surf breaks in Tahiti – Teahupoo. Our house was within a 10-minute walk and 20-minute paddle to this world-class surf break.  Although it wasn’t really “going off” during our stay, Willie and Wylie got a chance to ride “small” Teahupoo.  Even when it’s small, it is a fast left, that breaks over a shallow reef.  The potential for reef rash is high and screwing up your take off can prove painful for days to come. I wasn’t ready for Teahupoo, even when it was “small”.  For Willie and Wylie, who had looked at endless videos of the pros riding this wave, it was a dream come true.

Walking to the surf.

The shark in the water we spotted before Wylie paddled out to Teahupoo.

Willie, apres surf at Teahupoo.

After spending a week on the island, we had driven on every main road exploring the sites, the sounds and people of Tahiti.  We were told before traveling here that the people on the island of Tahiti still have “Aloha”.  The natives here, more so than the other Tahitian islands we traveled to, were super friendly and welcoming.  Unlike the surf in Hawaii where you can get “bad vibed” out of the water, it is customary to shake hands with everyone in the line up.  People are always smiling and the sound of laughter is as common as the smell of Taire in the air.

Black sand beaches.

Lush jungles and waterfalls.