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tuna here vau ia oe ~ in Tahitian means I LOVE YOU

From Bora Bora to Tahiti to Moorea ~ It was easy to appreciate mama earth swimming in turquoise oceans and making underwater friends.  I never dreamed I would visit a place such as French Polynesia in my lifetime, when I was younger it was a place that was so far out of my reach, I thought it was a dream type of honeymoon destination but now I actually don’t know where I will go on honeymoon one day because I’ve literally ticked the most exquisite, breathtakingly beautiful places off my bucket list.

My word to describe French Polynesia would be OVERWHELMING. I was constantly overwhelmed by beauty. I truly found myself in constant earth appreciation visiting a dream destination like this.

You could not be closer to the ocean if you tried, I mean it. Stepping onto to the most beautiful beach in the world, my heart skipped a beat, I couldn’t get into that flat, sparkling crystal water any sooner! I then sat on the golden soft sand and watched nature’s show until I forgot the time.

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My favourite memory was swimming with sharks and rays! I have grown up in the ocean, always respecting and admiring every underwater creatures snorkelling and scuba diving our big blue but to have done it here was something else. There was something about being stranded in the shadow of the mountains in the blue abyss in Bora Bora that makes you feel a bit more adventurous and brave or a little stupid. I did it twice. One time I  jumped off a boat in the middle of the ocean amidst some pretty big sharks, that adventure was the most thrilling. The sharks are not aggressive, so you can easily get close to them. I just remember my friend who couldn’t swim well but really wanted to join us on this adventure, so he was put in a life jacket, helpless, whilst he yelped as the sharks swam around him. I’m laughing whilst I’m tying this, bless him. Beside the shark excursions, you can snorkel and free dive almost anywhere and anytime and I guarantee you will always see something different. It’s exquisite under there.

Another memory ~ My friend and I were snorkelling and admiring the beautiful reef in Moorea, the heart of French Polynesia, and got stung by fire coral. It was excruciating. We actually couldn’t get out of the water, our friends that were there with were on the beach had to rescue us! We lay on the beach hand in hand whilst our friends squeezed lemons on our stings that we were given from a local, I was laughing, my friend crying, it truly was something none of us will ever forget. Afterwards, we had strange long sting marks running down my legs and her back. Hiding those for shows were tricky and I almost thought they would never go away but with time, our fire coral battle wounds healed. Don’t mess with nature!

The local fruit to to die for, so fresh and juicy. Perfect for under the sun. I was welcomed to each islands with beautiful traditional dances and songs – such a vibe! There are so many local markets and stores to check out. Scuba is the best. Floating in salty paradise is like a wallpaper image I use to have on my phone as a kid. The vegan food is freshly cooked by the locals and every time it was delicious. I had a cocktail on every island and they were so yum and fresh! Serenity is offered in the infamous floating huts in different resorts. In the towns, the locals offer boat rides and tuk tuk car rides amidst the forests, which was for sure more my type of adventure. One of my happiest moments was driving on the back of a tuk tuk laughing with my friends as we drove past picturesque paradise.

Thank you French Polynesia, tiny, perfect islands in the middle of the ocean, WHAT A DREAM!

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~ love&light always

JO xox

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