The weather was very kind considering March can still be a wet month. Airport immigration is long and tedious but manageable. Boarding the ship is a breeze and then from the moment you step aboard you are transported to a mode of relaxation and happiness. First port is Raiatea arrival on a Sunday and all the stores are closed. Important to make sure clients book a shore excursion here (ruins a great choice or a tour to vanilla and pearl farm.). Next day is Tahaa and the motu picnic which is so much fun and a great way to meet others on the ship and establish new friendships.
Tuesday we arrive in Bora Bora for an overnight. Here is another opportunity to visit an isolated motu with fabulous turquoise water. (keep in mind no deck chairs or bathroom facilities). It is only a15 minute complimentary boat transfer and well worth the trip. Bloody Marys Bar is another popular spot or rent a car and do a easy drive round the island stopping at the many galleries .
Thursday we head on to Moorea no longer anchoring in Cook's Bay due to renovation of the pier. Now it is Opunohu Bay and unfortunately only free transportation is to the Intercontinental Hotel or one of the various pearl stores.Several vendors have set up their wares for purchase on the dock. The must do tour here is the trip to the Belvedere where you have a lookout point over Cooks Bay and Opunohu Bay. Rental cars are very accessible and cost effective.
We arrive back into Papeete about 7.30p enough time to go ashore and enjoy the sites.
If you are on an air/sea program the next day you have a short excursion of Papeete and are transported to the Radisson hotel with a day room until flight departure at 11pm.