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.


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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