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Monday, January 2, 2017

MOOREA

MOOREA
FRENCH POLYNESIA

While all of our stops in French Polynesia were great, it was Moorea that provided some of our best moments and experiences on the trip.  We had an incredible guide who drove us around the Island and showed us some of the ideal places to take photographs.  After a nice tour seeing some of the sights of Moorea we stopped at Tiahura Restaurant for lunch.  I was happy to sea that this was a restaurant serving local fish and seafood.  The French speaking waitress was kind and described the menu in English at our table.  We ordered one of the House Specialties which was a selection of local seafood dishes.  The Tuna Canoe while looking amazing did not seem to match our tastebuds.  While the fresh Sashimi was delicious we did not care for the spices or preparations of the Poke.  The highlight though of our entire trip was booking a Jet Ski day with Top Jet Moorea.  Cannot say enough good things about this small company owned by a lovely couple from Belgium.  They actually bought the business online before ever seeing it in person and after only visiting Moorea one time.  Johanna the owner took us on an incredible tour that really changed our lives as we have never really Jet Skied before as a family.  While a bit scary at first we adjusted to the water and took it all in.  Was just amazing to see Moorea from the sea and cruise the bays with virtually nobody around us.  Was like we had the Island to ourselves.  We stopped to snorkel and swim before going back to the Top Jet location where cold juice and fruits were waiting for us.  The local Grapefruit and Papaya were amazing and made us hungry for lunch.  We asked our guide if she could join us for lunch and she said "sure".  There are only a handful of restaurants on the Island she said and many were not open for the Holiday or at the hour we were eating.  She drove us to Holy Steakhouse where we enjoyed a delicious meal with an ocean view.  Truly a magical day for us and one that we will never forget.  Highly recommend Top Jet Moorea if you want to Jet Ski.
Top Jet Moorea
PK 3.3 Temae, French Polynesia
+689 87 73 63
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MOOREA
TWO DAYS WAS NOT ENOUGH ON MOOREA
MOOREA IS BEAUTIFUL
THIS IS WHAT YOU DREAM ABOUT
PAUL GAUGUIN DOCKED JUST OFF THE ISLAND OF MOOREA




STOPPED AT THE LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL FOR A LITTLE SNACK
MENU OF JUICES, FRUITS AND ICE CREAM
SAMPLING OF JELLIES
BANANA ICE CREAM WAS FANTASTIC
SELECTION OF LOCAL FOODS,  CONDIMENTS AND COFFEE


LEAVE IT TO ME TO FIND A WINERY IN MOOREA
TASTING BAR
I TRIED A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING
SHOTS OF FUN IN MOOREA

PINEAPPLE CHAMPAGNE
NICE VIEW OF THE PAUL GAUGUIN


THE BUNGALOWS AT THE INTERCONTINENTAL MOOREA
TIAHURA RESTAURANT 
SMALL SEAFOD RESTAURANT WITH GREAT FOOD
SMALL BAR 
DINING ROOM IS SMALL AND OPEN TO THE BREEZES 
WAITRESS EXPLAINS THE SPECIALS 
TIAHURA MENU
SPECIALTIES OF THE HOUSE
SEAFOOD HEAVEN 



A LITTLE FRESH BREAD AND VINO TO START LUNCH
ONE OF THE HOUSE SPECIALS
CHICKEN WRAPPED IN SPINACH



THIS WAS THE CLAMS FROM THE SHELL ON OUR TABLE.  LOVED IT AND WAS MY FAVORITE
PIROGUE DE THON (TUNA CANOE)
LEFT IS TUNA IN COCONUT MILK - RIGHT POKE
THE FRESH SASHIMI ON LEFT WAS BEST
SEARED TUNA

THE MEAT INSIDE THIS SHELL WAS MY FAVORITE DISH
BACK TO THE BOAT DOCK TO BOARD OUR TENDER BACK TO THE PAUL GAUGUIN
PAUL GAUGUIN DOCKED IN MOOREA
THE LOCALS CANOE THE WAKE BEHIND OUR TENDER BACK TO THE SHIP
A QUICK RIDE BACK TO THE SHIP 
DAY TWO ON MOOREA
WE WERE PICKED UP BY JOHANNA FROM TOP JET MOOREA.  SHE DROVE US UP THE ROAD ABOUT 20 MINUTES TO THIS LITTLE SPOT
THIS IS THE ONLY ROAD AROUND MOOREA
TOP JET MOOREA
TOP JET MOOREA IS "THE" PLACE TO RENT JET SKIS IN MOOREA
HIGHLY RECOMMEND CALLING TOP JET MOOREA IF YOU ARE VISITING THE ISLAND
OUTDOOR DECK INCLUDES FRESH WATER SHOWER
SMALL SHOP SELLS, SUNSCREEN, SHIRTS, VESTS AND OTHER THINGS FOR THE OCEAN
MAP OF MOOREA 
OUR JET SKI DAY IS PLANNED AND READY
JET SKIS LEAVE FROM HERE

JUMP ON YOUR SKI AND YOUR GUIDE WILL TAKE YOU THROUGH THE REEFS AND SHOW YOU MOOREA LIKE YOU CANNOT IMAGINE.
VISIT THE BEAUTIFUL BAYS ON MOOREA VIA JET SKI
A STOP FOR SNORKELING
MY DAUGHTER SHOWS NO FEAR WHEN IT COMES TO SWIMMING WITH SHARKS

FRESH FRUITS AND HOMEMADE LEMONADE SERVED BY TOP JET MOOREA  
OUR TOP JET GUIDE JOHANNA ON LEFT WAS AWESOME!
JOHANNA WAS SO AWESOME THAT WE INVITED HER FOR LUNCH AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT
HOLY STEAKHOUSE IN MOOREA
SMALL BAR AT HOLY STEAKHOUSE
PATIO SEATING
BEAUTIFUL VIEW FROM HOLY STEAKHOUSE
MAIN DINING ROOM
MAIN DINING ROOM HAS GREAT VIEWS
HOLY STEAKHOUSE MENU
ALL YOUR WESTERN FAVORITES IN FRENCH POLYNESIA



CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS AND THE NEW YEAR WITH OUR TOP JET GUIDE
TASTE OF THE SEA PLATTER
SURF N' TURF 
AMERICAN MIXED GRILL WITH BBQ RIB, CHICKEN, BACON AND SAUSAGE
BEEF TENDERLOIN WITH B√ČARNAISE SAUCE
AU GRATIN POTATOES 
MAC N' CHEESE
MASHED POTATOES WITH BACON
BEANS WITH BACON
AFTER A GREAT LUNCH WE HEADED BACK TO THE SHIP
GOING TO MISS MOOREA


WE LOVE MOOREA!

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