Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Vahine Motu, Taha'a, Fr. Polynesia


Bliss Over Bora Bora (click image to enlarge; that's Bora Bora on the right, Taha'a on the left, across the lagoon)

We just returned from a stellar getaway - Vahine Island (Vahine Motu in the local lingua. trans: island of women) is a 10 acre atoll islet, on the Taha'a lagoon, in the Society Islands, French Polynesia. That was a mouthful, eh?

But what an eyeful too!

Pictures be here (or, view as a slideshow).

Via Google Maps, here's a zoomable satellite image. You can make out the 3 over-water bungalows and a couple of the land structures. There's nothing else on the motu, except the resort. Which isn't too surprising, given the motu is only 10 acres.

4 Comments:

Blogger John said...

Great photos, Deano! Looks like you had much more than a pinhole camera fashioned out of a coconut! Man, how could you leave such a gorgeous place?!

12:52 PM  
Blogger deano said...

No, that was my rig. I think the look comes from the improvised acid used to get the fixer pH right. Acetic acid isn't easy to come by in the islands...however, uric acid...

1:13 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Loverly. Can't wait for my own trip in May. Were those sharks just swimming around your cabin at night?

5:16 AM  
Blogger deano said...

We were feeding bread to the mullet. The shark seemed to be attracted by their frenzied feeding.

We saw only black tip sharks, btw. Of the 3 gray reef shark varieties, the least aggressive towards humans. We snorkeled amoungst them, unmolested. Even the 'cudas were very laissez faire. I wish I had brought an underwater camera - awesome diversity.

7:55 AM  

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