Society Islands


 The Pacific Ocean covers 1/3 of the earth’s surface. It is the world’s single biggest feature. The Society Islands are in the middle, half way between the USA and Australia. There are 115 islands that make up the five archipelagoes which form French Polynesia. These are composed of the Marquesas, Tuamotus, Gambiers, Australs and the Society Islands. Tahiti is the largest island (1,042 sq. km) and belongs to the Society Islands (windward & leeward). Tahiti and Moorea are considered the Windward Islands. The Leeward Islands are Huahine, Tahaa, Riatea, Bora Bora and Maupiti and Mopelia.

 July 10, 2002

LAND HO!!!! WE MADE IT!!! After 290 nautical miles from the Tuamotus Islands, Ariel arrives in Papeete Tahiti.  


Looking toward Moorea from Point Venus Tahiti where Capt. Cook landed in 1769

Around 3,000 years ago, seafaring people, probably from SE Asia, began to move eastward across the Pacific. They took their languages, cultures, animals and plants with them and eventually settled almost every habitable island in this vast ocean. From those closely related peoples developed the many diverse societies that live in the pacific today. Early inhabitants of the Pacific left big clews to their origins. Some are found in the arts, oral histories, languages and genes of today’s Pacific people.

Pacific Island natives of Tahiti depicting their culture in song and dance


Our time on the island of Tahiti was full of cultural and environment events

and meeting up with other cruisers like this pot luck on Maeva Beach the day we arrived.


Music and fun cruiser style  
                                             Matt s/v Pale Fire, Neil s/v Active Light & Philo

A tour of Tahiti atop Tahiti Iti with s/v Odyssey of Canana,Vision,Scott Free & Zarafet

   Grotto’s, bamboo forests and waterfalls


And a beautiful anchorage to come home to at the end of the day

We preferred the anchorage at Maeva Beach as opposed to the wall in downtown Papeete. We did not mind the 10 min. bus ride on ‘le truck’  to provision at the local market but found the Carefour Market in Mavea beach well stocked.

Yachts along the sea wall downtown Papeete

 Papeete has an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetable in the local market.
 We could not get enough of the ‘green stuff’ !!!!!


Steve takes time to rebuild s/v Pariah’s computer and we make a couple new friends from Australia, James and Simone seen here in their dinghy. Their computer gets a 500nm warrantee !!!

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