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                                                                                                                  The Society Islands

Tahiti Nui

Elyse, Kian, Aglim and Thor in front of the Grotto of Paroa, the largest grotto in the area

Tahiti Nui

A roadside lunch stop along the "circle island tour"

Taravao Isthmus

A beach along the isthmus, separating Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Iti

Papeete, Tahiti

The town of Papeete as seen from the overlook in Pirae

Moorea Sunset

Moorea as seen from our anchorage in Tahiti

Leaving Tahiti

It is said if you toss a flower into the water as you leave Tahiti, you will return.....

Baie de Cook, Moorea

Iron Mistress at anchor in Cooks Bay

Baie de Cook, Moorea

Thor on Iron Mistress, anchored in Cook's Bay

Baie de Cook, Moorea

The spire of Mont Mouaputa, the mountain with a hole

Baie de Cook, Moorea

Motoring out of Cook's Bay, past the cruise ship Tahitian Princess

Opunohu Bay, Moorea

Iron Mistress anchored in front of the majestic mountains of Moorea

Opunohu Bay, Moorea

Iron Mistress anchored in Opunohu Bay. Mont Tohieva and spire of Mont Mouaroa, served as the backdrop in the film version of South Pacific

The Gala-Hiva girls

Our Gala-Hiva reunion in Opunohu Bay. Left to right: Melanie and Jackie of "Mariah II", Kian of "My Chance", Judy of "Theta" and Elyse

The Gala-Hiva boys

Gala-Hiva reunion. Left to right: Aglim of "My Chance", Thor, Noel of "Mariah II", Robert, and Barry of "Theta"

Opunohu Bay, Moorea

Iron Mistress, Mariah II, My Chance and Theta at anchor

Opunohu Bay, Moorea

Beaching the dinghy to go ashore

Horse farm, Moorea

The beautiful countryside on the way to Belvedere View Point

Curious Colt

A young colt gets a closer look

Tiki, Moorea

One of the many carved stone tikis throughout the island

Belvedere View Point

Elyse, Robert, Jackie, Thor at the top of Belvedere Lookout, overlooking Opunohu Bay and Mt. Rotui, the sacred mountain

Belvedere Lookout, Moorea

Overlooking Cook's Bay to the right of Mt. Rotui, from the same vantage point

Hitching a Ride

We hitched a ride in the back of a pick up truck on the way down from Belvedere Lookout. Here Jackie and Thor enjoying the ride....

Full Throttle

Robert, Thor and Elyse taking a dinghy ride

Sting Rays in Moorea

Here Alberto from "Hapai" swimming with the sting rays

Sting Rays, Moorea

Elyse petting the sting rays in the shallow waters inside the reef. They are as soft as velvet.

Sting Rays, Moorea

The sting rays are very docile and take the food, (squid and octopus was their favorite) right out of your hand

Sting Rays, Moorea

Thor snorkeling with the sting rays

Black tipped reef shark

These black tipped reef sharks were swimming nearby as we were feeding the rays

Beaches in Moorea

Thor enjoying one of the many beaches in Moorea

Baby Humpback Whale, Moorea

A baby humpback whale swimming under our dinghy

Humpback Whale, Moorea

Jackie and Thor with the baby humpback under our dinghy

Isle Huahine

The boys playing petanque (French bocci ball). Barry, Thor, Robert, Aglim with the Iron Mistress and My Chance at anchor

Isle Raiatea

Local tiki with Iron Mistress at Marina Apooiti in Raiatea

Polynesian Romance

Elyse in Raiatea with a new "squeeze"

Local Transportation

The outrigger canoe is a common means of transportation for the islanders

Uturoa, Raiatea

Iron Mistress at the town dock in Uturoa

Good catch

Thor with wahoo we caught on the sail over to Bora Bora

On Island Time

Elyse and Thor enjoying the ride to Bora Bora

Isle Bora Bora

The famous peaks of Bora Bora as seen on our approach

Wahoo Barbeque

Aglim and Robert aboard catamaran "Hapai" taking a break from barbequeing.

Bora Bora

Robert and Thor in front of Bora Bora Yacht Club

Bora Bora

The famous Bora Bora Yacht Club

Bora Bora

View of Iron Mistress at anchor from Bora Bora Yacht Club

Bora Bora

Elyse at famous Bloody Mary's restaurant

The Gang

Gathered at "Bloody Mary's": Thor, Alberto ("Hapai"), Keith ("Dream Merchant"), Tom ("Hapai"), Elyse, and Chiara ("Hapai")

Dinner at Bloody Mary's

Tom, Thor and Robert

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