May 13, 2008
Day 3- To Moorea!
We went on our first married run today. We ran around the property of our hotel until Daren spotted a gofer like thing and had to squelch the urge to scream like a girl and Sarah figured it was time for room service to shop up anyway. It was fun, easy and very humid.
We packed up our first room and headed downtown to take what they explained to us as the catamaran that will take us to Moorea. The boat is really a lot like the express ferry in Seattle. Daren and I grabbed a sandwich at the nearby snack shack place. I mumbled a bit of my newly learned french and the woman behind the counter winked at me.
We sat outside on the top deck and laughed at the fact that we chose to honeymoon in French Polynesia without either one of us speaking a real word of french!
The ferry ride was about 30 minutes and we were here! Again our arrival was trumpeted by a torrential south pacific downpour. And again, I loved it.
Our hotel, The Intercontinental Beachcomber, was about a 15 minute van ride on Albert tours. We pulled up and were instantly impressed. Hanging in the lobby was a huge white sea shell chandelier that is surprisingly stunning. The porter took us to bungalow 503. Wow! It is literally breathtaking. Our balcony is out over the gin clear water and nestled into a stunning and lush alcove with 9 other bungalows. As I head into the room to check tings out Daren headed out onto the deck. He’s not out there 3 minutes and he starts shouting for me. There is a baby octopus swimming past our deck!! It was searching inside rocks and coral and changing colors then to our left a dolphin jumped. Magical.
Our hotel has Dolphins Cove where you can pay to swim with them and they do all sorts of adorable tricks. Ahh…the puppies of the sea. We watched them show off for a group of schoolkids for a good half and hour and then walked over to the Sea Turtle Rehab facility on site. We hung out with Alec Baldwin, the sea turtle ( I named him that because the though of turtles in drug and alcohol rehab is really funny!) and then walked back to our dream Tahitian bungalow for a swim in the lagoon and a drink on the deck.
It should also be noted that I finally played by first game of scrabble tonight. The score was ” Mr. D” 142 and ” Champ” 102. Daren chose the scrabble name of my maiden name because our honeymoon arrangements are under both of our last names but everyone in Tahiti calls us Mr and Mrs D! Its hysterical.
A little way through our game the mountains behind us light up in a vibrant pink, We grabbed our wine and took off chasing the sunset. When we got to the other side of the bungalows the sky was like nothing we’ve ever seen. It was stunning, brilliant, shades of pink and orange. The pictures are amazing but are only a small taste of how wonderful and intense the experience was.
It is incredible here. So amazing that I was actually brought to tears ( not the sobbing kind just the one glistening tear kind) by the sheer beauty of Gods creations here in Moorea.
We also met Lil Nubbin today. The one footed bird that hangs out with us on our deck.
For dinner we took a taxi to a placed called Le Mayflower. The restaurant was an adorable throw back to days gone by. It kind of reminded me of the movie Casablanca with that type of old school romance. We ate decent food, shared a bottled of wine and dessert. I thought I ordered vanilla ice cream but its turned out to be vanilla creme brulee. What a pleasant surprise!