We rented a car and yesterday had a chance to drive around Tahiti Nui (big island) and Tahiti Iti (the little appendage to the big island). Fortunately there were no traffic delays like we experienced the day before on the buses. Tahitians are courteous drivers, stopping for pedestrians and merging politely at the roundabouts. No LA or Bay Area combat driving here, just tailgating. We noticed a different feel to Iti, more agricultural, the light was brighter so colors were more vibrant, and a lot fewer cars on the road. Here’s a selection of what we saw.
one of many little bays around Tahiti
it’s not often you see a tree growing out of a building
kite surfing on Iti
the end of the road on the north side of Iti
probably my favorite part of the drive. we walked across the bridge in the background onto an area that reminded me of the walk streets in Venice, CA. the place felt magical with open yards, plenty of cozy places to sit and while away the afternoon watching the water.
here’s one of those little open-air patios
the hanging nets from a fisherman
this little community also had a wonderful lily pond
it was hard to leave this place
driving back we saw many fruit stands
and this platform which reminded me of the platforms in the Marquesas. not sure of the significance but the floral displays are common. i was thinking of Cary and her mom when i saw these.
one more church
the red canoe
i had to buy one of these fish traps made from bamboo
mountain view on Tahiti Nui