When you are knee deep in the painstaking process to plan, research and figure out a trip, the burden of the overall success of the trip rests on your shoulders. When said trip turns out to be everything you expected and more, it not only reconfirms your ability to navigate the world, but refuels your desire to encourage others to get out there and explore too.
Early Thursday morning we arrived in Papeete, Tahiti. The sun was in the process of making an appearance for the day and the temperatures were still cool and comfortable.
As we waited for our ferry over to Moorea, we chatted with the kindest couple from California. I was quickly reminded of one of the top reasons I like to travel and that is for all the wonderful people we meet along our way. I had read the ferry ride was an experience to remember and although the flight to Moorea would have been quicker, the ferry was a great introduction to French Polynesia and its people. I was stunned by the beautiful shade of blue the water was, it was like a sea of sapphires.
The only way to truly set the stage for this magical vacation is by first giving a pictorial tour of the hotel and its surrounding property. After much deliberation we decided to stay at the Sofitel Moorea La Ora Beach Resort. The Sofitel was unknown brand to me at the time, but is French luxury hotel chain and according to locals the best hotel on Moorea. I chose this hotel because it is located on the best beach in Moorea and is the only hotel with a view of Tahiti.