Travel Spotlight: Moorea

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By June Ramli

I travelled to Moorea, which is 25 minutes from Papeete by ferry on November 1 which is a public holiday for Tahiti.
From the ferry, we spotted a couple of whales so the ferry had to change course so that we wouldn’t get in their way. 
I spent the day cycling through the island, chilling at the Hilton Moorea with a spa and lunch by the beach.
Renting a bike in Moorea is a nightmare and there is a deposit required for a bike rental.
I definitely would not repeat that experience ever again.

The bicycle was not only expensive to rent but it was old and not in great condition at all.
I only drove it for a few minutes before returning it back to the rightful owner. 
My massage at the Hilton though was surprisingly good.
Thank god, the tipping culture is not prevalent in Tahiti as it is in Bali so you don’t have to be guilt trip into tipping the service lady after you have completed your body massage.
Once done, the Hilton hotel rang me a cab which took me straight to the ferry terminal for my return ride to Papeete.
I don’t remember what I had for dinner that night but Papeete has a couple of gas stations  with supermarkets attached to it and their selection of pastries are just out of this world. 
You can get everything from chocolate cakes to tasty croissants. 
The only downside in Papeete is that it turns quiet after 5pm.
They work five and half days with Saturday being half day.
The whole city is closed on Sundays except for a select few restaurants. 
I didn’t go to any motu (islands) in Moorea because it was a public holiday and everything was operating on a limited capacity.
But all in all, I still enjoyed my day in Moorea and hope to go there again soon.
Tomorrow, we explore Tahiti’s surfing mecca Teahupoo. 

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