Days 15 & 16 of 164 Days Around The World Cruise
BAHIA D' OPUNOHU, MOOREA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
The soaring massif of Mt. Roa and Mt. Rotui watch over the narrow Opunohu Bay like sentinels, providing a stunning preview of Moorea's scenic splendor. Part of the Windward Islands, it is one of the most magnificent and pristine of the Society Islands. Some 1,000 years ago, Polynesians settled here. During the 18th century, British explorers Samuel Wallis and James Cook sailed into Opunohu Bay; the adjacent Cook's Bay was named for the latter. Today, Moorea greets visitors with white-sand beaches, jagged peaks and lush, primeval landscapes by its turquoise lagoon.
TAHITI (PAPEEE), FRENCH POLYNESIA
Tahiti is an island paradise that lays claim to the invention of surfing. Its mile upon mile of sandy beaches, soothing waters and warm sun are ideal for leisure-seeking visitors. The island's volcanic origins deposited black sands on much of its coast creating a dramatic coastal canvas, while white-sand beaches stretch along the southern shores.
Point Venus on the east coast boasts dark sands and moderate waves. The waters of Maui Beach, lined with palms, offer shallow, quiet surf for wading and snorkeling among stunning coral reefs.