by Sara Jane Crane —
Last year we asked a few of our preferred travel partners to share their top travel picks for 2018. When we learned that Sharla, our contact with Paul Gauguin Cruises, had just returned from a voyage around the Cook & Society Islands, we were entranced.
Below, she shares some of her favorite memories and photos.
Cook & Society Islands Voyage
“As I sit here in Michigan with my daughters family I’m looking out at the 8 inches of snow and -0 temperatures dreaming of the warm South Pacific. Oh to still be there!!
Although I’ve been to the Society Islands it was my first visit to the Cook Islands. I remember as a young girl seeing a photo of Aitutaki’s lagoon and putting it on my personal bucket list to visit someday. Little did I know what I would see would be more spectacular than any photo.
While I was there, a long canoe race took place. Teams from Tahiti, Cook, Fiji, Australia and even the USA participated. The race was called Motu 2 Motu and great fun to watch as the teams raced passed us from inside the lagoon out to the open ocean.
Can you imagine 7 people in a lagoon full of stingrays, reef sharks, and colorful tropical fish? We worked up an appetite and were treated to a local BBQ on a private Motu. Our guide and his family cooked us breadfruit, fresh red tuna ceviche plus yummy fresh pineapple and mango.
Then on Motu Mahana, our company’s private island, I saw a brilliant purple octopus just 300 yards from the beach. I was enjoying a drink at the floating bar when the little octopus appeared from inside a nearby piece of coral.
Contact an Acendas Travel Advisor to plan your trip to the South Pacific!