Vacation Moorea, Bora Bora, Tahiti (French Polynesia), August 1999

3 days Moorea at the Hotel Sofitel *Coralia Ia Ora*:
(The only hotel on the island of Moorea with a majestic view of Tahiti, the Sofitel Ia Ora is built along Moorea's longest white sand beach. Spacious individual garden and beach bungalows are hidden in a quiet, village-like atmosphere of swaying palms and fragrant gardens, fronting a superb stretch of beach. Although there are 110 bungalows on the property nestled within 15 acres there is a remarkable feeling of seclusion. The deluxe overwater bungalows and deluxe beachfront bungalows feature air-conditioning, marble bathrooms, television, mini-bars and in-room safes)

leaving from the Phoenix Airport, AZsitting next to former President Clintons plane
Papeete/Tahiti - kind of tired ...
approaching the island of Mooreaarrival at Moorea's airport :-)approaching the island of Moorea (below our hotel)
Moorea - our hutwith own private beachgetting ready for a sun tan
do we really know what we are looking for?fred - ready to go anywhere ...looking pregnant :-(
island across is Tahitireading a good bookradiating *sunshine*
being content and relaxed at breakfast*open air* restaurantevery day sunsets :-)

3 days Bora Bora at the Hotel Sofitel *Marara*:
(Sofitel Marara Bora Bora is located along one of the best white sand beaches on Bora Bora. Its friendly and casual Polynesian atmosphere invites you to unwind and spend endless hours discovering the lagoon's wonders. The hotel offers 43 garden and beachfront, and 21 overwater bungalows, all with air-conditioning. Originator of the famous shark feeding excursion, the hotel features a wide range of water activities and excursions and has a swimming pool, an overwater restaurant, a bar and a boutique. Free Activities: Snorkeling equipment, outrigger canoes, tennis, volleyball, swimming pool, lei making lessons, slide shows, handicraft display. Evening entertainment takes the form of Tahitian songs and dances, fashion shows or Polynesian folk stories)

on my way to Bora Bora - 1 hour flightlooks like a prisoners march :-)on my way to Bora Bora
approaching Bora Boraapproaching Bora Boraapproaching Bora Bora
arrival on the island of Bora Borathe boat which will be taking us to the mainland*le truck* - the local bus
inside of our living quartersanother view of our *hut*ready to go out to dinner
on the back porch :-)enjoying the lagoonsailing into the sunset
sailboat sunset cruisesunset over Bora Borathe old man and the sea :-)
the old man and the sea :-)on my way to Papeete/Tahiti

4 days Papeete at the Hotel *Beachcomber Parkroyal*:
(A luxury resort set in an oasis of tropical gardens with a superb views of Moorea. 178 air-conditioned rooms with private balcony, 60 panoramic view rooms, plus 32
tastefully-decorated overwater bungalows encircle a private island or stretch out over the deep blue lagoon. Relax in the two freshwater "infinity" pools, cascades, and jacuzzis. Swim and snorkel in the hotel's lagoonarium. All accommodations are air conditioned, with television and all the amenities of an international deluxe resort)

our hotel under constructionblack sand beach in Tahitiblack sand beach in Tahiti
Papeete's fish marketPapeete's fish market being entertained with local dancersPapeete's fish market being entertained
fresh fish a galoresomething smells fishy around here ...getting ready for a show
local beautieslocal beauties

Back home, showing off the sarongs:

being back home again with Katharina, Sarah and Julia*local beauties*, showing off their tahitian presentsgiving a helping hand with the sarongs
Opa and his Malutchen :-)fred, showing off Julia!