We pull into the port of Uturoa, which was originally settled by Polynesians from Southeast Asia and was visited by Captain Cook in the 18th century during his attempt to map the Pacific Ocean.
Port of Uturoa
Decorated with tropical flowers
We walk through town to a beach where we can swim in the Pacific, enjoying the beautiful scenery and the tropical waters
Our ship at the port
Walking along the shore
Raiata is considered the charter capital of French Polynesia as many of the charter companies are based here. We walk by the ships waiting for their next trip
Soon, we reach the beach and plunge into the water for an hour or two of swimming in the almost-body-temperature water, surrounded by locals having a great time.
At the beach
Soon, it is time to head back and we walk back along the sea.
Back along the water
Chicken (poulet rôti) and pizza stands on the way
We're in for a treat tonight as the crew prepares and serves an on-deck barbecue and we line up and dig in.
And, we have a birthday!
And, the sun sets