Moorea, French Polynesia by ferry

 

 

2018 HAL world Cruise

Monday, January 22,2018

 

As we disembarked in Papeete, we were greeted with the local music and dance.  But we didn’t stop to listen or take photos.  We were headed to the Ferry Terminal next door where an Arementi high-speed catamaran was waiting to whisk us off to the enchanting Island of Moorea, often likened to James Michener’s mythological island of Bali Hai.  A 30-minute ferry ride and $9.50/pp is all it took to reach the ferry dock in the small village of Vai’are where Jo from Jo’s Tours waited to drive us over to the InterContinental Hotel ($45.00 total cost.)  There is only one road in Moorea and it circles the entire island.  It took us less than 25 minutes to reach the hotel.

As usual, music and dance await us as we disembark in Papeete.
As usual, music and dance await us as we disembark in Papeete.
The ferry terminal is right next to the dock.  Just a short walk away.
The ferry terminal is right next to the dock. Just a short walk away.
Armetti Ferry to Moorea
Armetti Ferry to Moorea
Not a crowded ferry at 9:45am.  Not much for the attendants to do.
Not a crowded ferry at 9:45am. Not much for the attendants to do.
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Once on the ferry in Papeete, it’s a 30 minute ride to Moorea. Cost of the ferry tickets was $9.50/person.
Riding to Moorea in comfort.
Riding to Moorea in comfort.
Moorea as seen from the ferry.
Moorea as seen from the ferry.
Via'are ferry dock, Moorea
Via’are ferry dock, Moorea
Many of the passengers seemed to be from the ship!
Many of the passengers seemed to be from the ship!
Arrival at the ferry dock in Vai'are, Moorea
Arrival at the ferry dock in Vai’are, Moorea
Transportation is readily available at the ferry dock.
Transportation is readily available at the ferry dock.
Taxis, tours, and rental cars are right there.
Taxis, tours, and rental cars are right there.
Food and drink are available but "to go" only.
Food and drink are available but “to go” only.
Look at that view!   And this is just from the dock.
Look at that view! And this is just from the dock.

 

Next, I’m going to tell you all about our fabulous stay in an over-water bungalow at the Moorea InterContinental Hotel!

Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia

2018 HAL World Cruise

Monday, January 22,2018

The beautiful Island of Tahiti has charmed many adventurers from Captain Cook to James Michener to Marlon Brando.  And on Saturday nights it enchants cruise passengers especially, with the set-up of food trucks and an evening market right at the dock.  We missed the festivities on this trip since we ferried over to the Island of Moorea early in the day.  But in 2016 we had a blast!  Roasted pig, stews, Asian specialties, pizza and desserts galore.   After driving around the Island, shopping the Public Market, visiting the Vaima Mall and touring the Old Church, this is a wonderfully carefree and relaxing way to end a hectic day!

Docked in Papeete, Tahiti
Docked in Papeete, Tahiti
Papeete Public Market
Papeete Public Market
MS Amsterdam docked in Papeete as seen from the cafe at Vaima Mall
MS Amsterdam docked in Papeete as seen from the cafe at Vaima Mall
The Old Church
The Old Church
Food trucks line up on Saturday night!
Food trucks line up on Saturday night!
It's a diner's delight!
It’s a diner’s delight!
Roast pig
Roast pig
beef dishes
beef dishes
Asian dishes
Asian dishes
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and a plethora of desserts. But no photo of the banana crepes–we ate them all!!!!
Pleasant and jovial  atmosphere
Pleasant and jovial atmosphere
Moonlight over the festivities.
Moonlight over the festivities.
Even the market stayed open Saturday night!
Even the market stayed open Saturday night!

 

Next, I’m anxious to tell you about Moorea!