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Scenes of Huahine

One of the less visited of the Society Islands, Huahine is a gem that most people never see. Today, I’m just showing some of the beauty of Huahine. SOURCE: Huahine 1 (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 10 April … Continue reading

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Underwater in Raiatea

Today, I’m just posting the last of my underwater photos from Raiatea. SOURCE: Scissortail Sergeant Damselfish (Abudefduf sexfasciatus) (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016. SOURCE: Saddled Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ephippium) (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko … Continue reading

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Snorkeling in Raiatea

I went snorkeling in Raiatea, although snorkeling was not officially part of the excursion I was on. The time was scheduled as a beach break on a public motu. My guide told me there wasn’t much to see snorkeling. As … Continue reading

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Scenes of Raiatea

Just some views of Raiatea from the lagoon. SOURCE: Raiatea 1 (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016. SOURCE: Raiatoa 1 (Raiatea, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 April 2016. SOURCE: Impending … Continue reading

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More Structures at the Taputapuatea Marae in Raiatea

The Taputapuatea marae in Raiatea includes a number of distinct marae, all contructed in a similar fashion. They all include a paved courtyard, sometimes enclosed by a low wall. All include a number of upright stones that represent the position of … Continue reading

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A Marae in Raiatea

Before coming to Raiatea, I had not heard of a marae. In Polynesian society, a marae was a sacred space, a rectangular area cleared and bordered with stones or wooden posts. Altars were constructed on which to place offerings to … Continue reading

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The Faaroa River in Raiatea

The next island on my vacation was Raiatea. This island is home to the Faaroa River, the only navigable river in French Polynesia. Unwittingly, I had actually booked two excursions on the Faaroa River on the same day, one in … Continue reading

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Riding the Waves in Bora Bora

So, I’ve wanted to ride a Jet Ski or WaveRunner for a long time now, and this visit to Bora Bora was my chance. The island of Bora Bora is surrounded by a lagoon which, in turn, is surrounded by … Continue reading

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Views from Bora Bora

Before heading back to the ship, we stopped for a photo opportunity. While taking pictures of the scenery, one of the almost daily showers approached. SOURCE: Steve on Bora Bora (Bora Bora, French Polynesia); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on … Continue reading

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At the Paarara Mountain Artist Studio

During a 4×4 excursion through Bora Bora, we stopped at the Paarara Mountain Artist Studio. I don’t have photos of the studio where hand-painted pareos (similar to sarongs) are decorated, but I do have photos from around the studio. Nestled in … Continue reading

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