Our ship anchors in Cook's Bay (which, oddly enough, was never visited by Captain Cook), a spectacular, picture-perfect spot, with beautiful sea and beaches and a lush landscape surrounded rocky needles and peaks..
Anchored in Cook's Bay
We go ashore and walk along the Pineapple Road to the small village of Pao Pao and Opunohu Bay.
Walking along the Pineapple Road
Fruit and flower stands along the road
As we enter Pao Pao, one of the first buildings we encounter is a Veuve Clicquot bar (we are in France!).
Veuve Cliquot bar
We walk through town to the Hotel Mavana Beach Resort and Spa. We spent our first two nights in Tahiti at the Mavana in Pape'ete and thought we would check out the Mo'orea version. We add the hotel to our list of places to which we should return to stay someday.
Hotel Mavana, Mo'orea
After poking around a bit, we walk back to Cook's Bay, admiring the tropical plants along the Pineapple Road.
Tropical plants everywhere
Back along the Pineapple Highway
At the Cook's Bay pier, we catch a ride back to our ship and soon sail away toward our next island stop, Raiatea, 190 km (118 miles) away.
Returning to the ship
As we depart, the sun sets over the Pacific