14.04.2012 - 14.04.2012 31 °C
Today I got up early and walked to the outer edge of the atoll our resort was located on to check out the waves i had fallen asleep listening to. They turned out to be reef breakers which weren’t as spectacular as i had hoped. The waves were small and broke about 50 metres off shore on a shallow reef. I headed back to the inner part of the atoll, grabbed a kayak and kayaked around our resort, stopped in at our over water bungalow to say good morning before continuing further from our resort by several hundred metres to check out a hut that Jess was interested in. It turned out to be an over water (rather in the water) dilapidated rotting hut. I then rowed back to the resort and returned the kayak to go for a quick swim. By this time the girls were fully awake. We packed, called for the concierge to collect our luggage and headed to reception. We managed to get one of the receptionists to take us to our boat in a big golf buggy. We headed to the airport by boat where we ate some morning tea (breakfast) before catching our flight back to Tahiti.
We then hired this very sporty Megane with the plan to hit the road in search of one of the most awesome reef surf spots around called teahupoo. (pronounced “chow po”) First things first though so we headed off to our hotel using a map given to us at the hire place. It showed on main road skirting the whole exterior of the island.... needless to say theres a heck of a lot of roads in Tahiti and only one of them was shown on this map. We found a supermarket so we headed in and bought lunch for Sunday. Jess and Lou found the sweets and chocolate isle and were never seen again. But seriously they spent ages drooling over all the choices and i think they maxed out their credit cards. I was going to say soon we were on our way but, lol, soon cannot be said when ladies find a vast array of chocolate never before seen. So.... Eventually, we hit the road again driving down every back street and into some very slummy areas before i managed to sign language with a Tahitian lady who under stood the words “Radisson Hotel”. Finally we located our hotel, checked in, dumped our gear and hit the road in search of Teahupoo. It was meant to be about an hour and three quarters away so i put pedal to the metal and drove and drove and drove.... two and a half hours later I found where we were on the ridiculously stupid map... We were at least and hour past teahupoo and not much more then an hour from our hotel. With sunlight fast waning we decided to ditch teahupoo and continue our way home. Along the way we saw many large tuna and other coloured fish hanging by their tales on the side of the road for sale. We stopped at this random beach and heres some cool pics of the sunset.
We stopped at a supermarket and were advised the Radisson hotel was about half an hour away. The shop owner recommended the food from a side of the road caravan just up the road so we headed over and ate some local cuisine. Dinner was tasty and filling. We hit the road again and found our hotel was only 5 minutes down the road. Considering we had paid for hire till late on Saturday night we figured it would be a better plan to have a look around Papeete while we had the chance. We took our Megane to the highest point of a hill overlooking Papeete and enjoyed the night view with threatening dogs watching us. We also took a cruise through the city centre getting lost for awhile before i regained my bearings. Finally we dropped off our hire car and headed back to the hotel by taxi where we hand washed our clothes and hung them along the balcony to dry.