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TAHITI, MOOREA, and BORA BORA

These images relate to three of the major islands that constitute the Tahitian Islands in French Polynesia.  These islands, surprising to some, are located east of the Hawaiian Islands and well south of the Equator.  The first European arrived in Tahiti in 1767.  Capt. Samuel Wallis claimed the islands in the name of King George III.   Interesting history continues with visits by Louis de Bougainville, Captain James Cook, and Captain Bligh of the HMS Bounty.  Later, artist Paul Gauguin celebrated the beauty of Tahiti and its natives.  Many movies produced in these islands have also done so.

View of Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Kia Ora Beachfront Cottage

 

 

Over-Water Bungalow at Hotel Moana Beach Bora Bora Moorea's Mt. Rotui viewed from the Belvedere

 

 

Beach near Reef at Bora Bora's Motu Taurere

 

 

Sunrise at Matira Beach - Bora Bora Motu Taurere

 

 

On Bora Bora - Former Governer's Mansion used as a set for the Movie "Hurricane". Christmas Day on Motu Taurere - Bora Bora

 

 

Black Pearls in Shop Window - Papeete, Tahiti