We head into Pap'ete for a little lunch and to find our ship.
Pape'ete waterfront park and art
We settle in at 3 Brasseurs Bar-Restaurant-Microbrewery, across from the port, for some good fresh-brewed island beer and some great french food: croque monsieur, assorted sliders, and ahi tacos.
After lunch, its a quick wander through town, stopping at an ATM to get Pacific francs and a drugstore for aloe-based lotion and serious heavy-duty reef-safe sunscreen (even through we wore the sunscreen we brought for our morning swim, we still have some serious sunburn developing and we are seeking the local best of class sunscreen).
We find our ship, the Wind Spirit docked across the street from 3 Brasseurs, alongside a yacht-carrying ship. We have to take a picture, not previously understanding how a yacht owner might trailer his/her ship around the world.
Ships in port, yacht transport on the left, Wind Spirit on the right
Ferry terminal, French Navy
Looking out over the town of Pape'ete, we see lush tropical mountains towering over the city and the harbor.
View across Pape'ete
Soon it is time to depart for Moorea, which we can see in the distance, and we stand on deck as Pape'ete fades away in the distance.
The sun slowly dips into the sea on the other side of Moorea as the Wind Spirit raises her sails and we head into a new adventure.
Raising the sails
Into the sunset
Moorea in the distance
Moon rising over the mast
We're on our way!