French Polynesia

 

August 2008

Here is the news from French Polynesia!! We went hiking in Moorea

All about the trees–we saw many groves of MAPE trees



The Mape tree was brought to Polynesia from South East Asia. It has a smooth trunk and can get rid of MOLD! The trees were used as drums and made into canoes. Medicine made from the sap of these trees can cure poisonous stonefish stings and stop inflammation. The dye from these trees was also used to decorate clothes and ritual objects. See link on side for our shutterfly album.

Beautiful Bora Bora made by Volcanoes

Flying into Bora Bora –landing on Motu Mute



Bora Bora was formed after many volcanic eruptions that began four million years ago and continued over hundreds of thousands of years. Since then–it has started to slowly SINK! Its lagoon is encircled by a wide coral reef that enclosed several big motus (small islands) and has ONE opening from the lagoon out to the ocean. It is very blue. We stayed at Matira Point the BEST beach on Bora Bora (and really the ONLY beach on Bora Bora)

Bora Bora Lagoon Tour

Swimming with SHARKS



We went on a boat ride around Bora Bora. We stopped to snorkel at the “Aquarium” where we were surrounded by schools of small fish. At the next stop, we were able to touch and even kiss Sting rays. We swam with about 10 sting rays that were about 4 feet across. BUT the best spot was where our guide, Ringo Star, fed black tip reef sharks. There were about 12 of them 5-6 feet long and we watched from the water as they ate. Below us there were 2 lemon sharks (10 ft long). We were able to snorkel after the sharks were done eating. We also stopped at a motu for photos and the beautiful view of the island.





HELLO FROM MS. NIVER!!!

George and I spent Two Weeks in French Polynesia


During our 2 weeks in French Polynesia, we were able to visit 4 islands. We spent our 1st 2 nights in Papeete, Tahiti. We traveled by boat to Moorea where we had 5 days and nights of snorkeling, hiking and biking. Flying to Bora Bora was beautiful. Our 4 days there included many walks, snorkeling and swimming with sharks. Our final 3 days in Huahine, we were able to bike from Fare to Maeva to see the Marae (ancient sacred sites). I was amazed by all the solar powered houses. It was also incredible in Bora Bora–we stayed at Pension Robert and Tina for $100/night. The Intercontinental next door was $1000/night. We saw many local people living right next door with very limited resources. The extremes in all the islands were incredible.
Use this link to see the photos!
We will try to annotate them so you will know which ones are WHERE!
Now we are in New Zealand. And I am finding out even more about volcanoes! My website is almost done and we will have a blog! Happy AUGUST!
Lisa and George

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip. http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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