Taha'a is another French Polynesian island surrounded by a lagoon. The difference between this and our other stops is that the ship puts on a big beach party.
The ship anchors between the island and the string of motus (islets) on the north side of the island, approximately where the white spot is. Gee, could that be us?
The tender then takes us over to their private motu, where there are lots of beach chairs and plenty of palm trees for shade.
There is snorkeling here, although I didn't swim today - just walked in and stuck my camera into the water. I was careful not to step on the sea urchins.
Wow! A floating bar!!!
What should I have?
Does it get any better than this? A Mai Tai in a coconut!
In addition to snorkeling, you can kayak.
And there is a sumptuous grilled buffet done by the ship's chefs.
Along with lots of sides. By the way, if you've never had a tree-ripened banana, they taste nothing like the bananas picked green and sold in US grocery stores.
We were entertained by Les Gauguinnes, the ship's native dancing, singing and entertainment group.
All too soon, it was time to go back to the ship and eat some more. Doesn't everyone look exhausted? This vacationing is hard work!
And if we aren't too tired, every evening there is a show. This is Michael, the cruise director, who also performs in a lot of the shows, as if being the cruise director isn't enough! He has a great voice.