It was a great 12 month run in Maui. The goal was to ‘recharge’ before heading off on the road again. Prior to committing to our initial six month Maui lease, Barbie and I were both a bit concerned about hunkering down in one place and on one single island. Well, time went by just way too fast and we subsequently pulled the trigger on an extension for an additional six months. Even after factoring in these additional 6 months, our extended year stay still flew by faster than a beginner surfer lasts on their board while trying to catch a Hawaiian wave.
Sadly, our year in the Aloha state is up and we have set adrift to begin Year 4 of our RTW. It was real tough to leave such a beautiful place where we could always easily find our own slice of paradise for the day. We spent a considerable amount of time pondering our next destination and the most logical option kept coming up to be another South Pacific island chain…….. French Polynesia.
Why French Polynesia?
- Papeete, Tahiti was only a 5 hour nonstop flight directly south of Maui on Hawaiian Airlines, making it a painless flight compared to the much longer flight times departing from mainland USA.
- The least expensive country to fly to following our stay in French Polynesia would be New Zealand (only $220 pp). Therefore, we were able to take advantage of this super cheap airfare and return to New Zealand. A revisit to NZ would enable us to effectively cover the other half of the country that we missed out on during our previous 2 month visit about 1 1/2 years ago.
- We had already been to French Polynesia on our RTW. However, a return to this magical place in the South Pacific without any time constraints, allowed us to visit the Society Islands of Raiatea, Moorea, Bora Bora & Tahiti in an unhurried fashion.
- Barbie’s new hobby in Maui making Hakus was peaking. French Polynesia is home base for Haku making with its’ abundance of colorful flowers and plants. A visit to these French Polynesian islands would enable her to perfect her new craft.
- Our minds & bodies were already entrenched in the laid back island groove. The transition to additional island life in another region of the South Pacific would be simple. All we would have to do is kick the ‘chill’ mode up a notch.