Tahiti Itinerary Part Two

As promised, let’s talk about the second part of our trip! Through these photos and the video on part one of this post, you can see the undeniable beauty of the island of Moorea.  With the crystal clear water and beautiful bungalows, it was a vacation indeed. After the Ori Tahiti Nui competition, we hopped on a ferry to the heart-shaped island where we stayed in an overwater bungalow at the Intercontinental Hotel in Moorea.
The hotel was beautiful and peaceful with its rows of bungalows, bridges, palm trees and dolphins. (Yes, there are resident dolphins at this resort.)
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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetLucky for us, our bungalow was in the middle of the lagoon where you can see the sharks and rays feeding at sunrise. Sure enough, we were joined by a ray the next morning with my morning coffee.  The life in the lagoon is beautiful beyond words!
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The lagoon water in Moorea is warm, unbelievably clear, yet a vibrant turquoise at the same time. Beneath the surface, Moorea’s diverse marine life can be seen from above.  Unbothered by waves or currents, there’s nothing but stillness and life in this lagoon.. It’s unbelievable.
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Our friends Jessica & Gisele surprised us with an excursion while we were there… swimming with the sharks and sting rays. We were in clear waters, that only came up to our chest, surrounded by fish, sharks, and sting rays- It was incredible. You can see clips form this excursion within our travel vlog  video.  (There were many screams- most caught on film but we edited most of them out!)
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We can’t wait to return to Tahiti and explore the other islands. We hope you’ll join us!

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Thank you so much for supporting us by reading our blog in 2017.  From the bottom of our hearts, Happy New Year!

Love,

Karen & Kay

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Tahiti Itinerary Part One

We couldn’t let 2017 end without sharing a post with you about our most favorite trip of the year!  On Thanksgiving, we traveled to the island of Tahiti, French Polynesia. The main purpose of this trip was to immerse ourselves in the rich culture of Tahiti and to participate in the Ori Tahiti Nui Competition. We are Tahitian dancers with the group Te Pura O Te Rahura’a of South San Francisco and this culture has been a huge part of our lives for many, many years. Don’t worry, we also made time for some R&R on the islands, which we’ll gush about later. The OTN competition is put on by Manouche Lehartel & Tumata Robinson at the Le Meridien hotel in Tahiti.  You can see clips from the competition in our linked video:

We enjoyed (“LOVED!”-Kaylena) the breakfast buffet in the hotel every morning, and these little chocolate croissants have always been a personal favorite. We’d even sneak some back to our hotel room for a late night snack!Processed with VSCO with a6 preset
We participated in the Mehura category of the OTN competition on the first day. We were fortunate to have an abundance of help with our costumes made up of delicious smelling tiare flowers and ginger petals. If only our computer monitors were scratch and sniff!
Processed with VSCO with a6 presetOur group director, Marilou, and one of the group’s costume designers, Imogene, pinned us into place. You could feel the excitement and nerves filling the air in that room.

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetAlthough we did not place, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to perform in Tahiti, for the world renowned judging panel.
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In our next post, we’ll talk about our stay in Moorea.  It was so breathtaking! Be sure to check it out!