Tikehau, French Polynesia

Our recent visit to French Polynesia was a nice relaxing week for us.  Our intention, to lie around in the sun, drink fruity drinks from coconut shells and be around as few people as possible.  We achieved all of the above by staying on the smaller atoll island of Tikehau (rather than the busier islands like Tahiti or Bora Bora).  Armed with Kindle reading devices it was definitely relaxing.

Sunset over the lagoon

Sunset over the lagoon

A typical sunset, made more interesting with the clouds that swam past.

Hermit crab

Hermit crab

Of course, there were hermit crabs everywhere.

Crabs everywhere and on everything

Crabs everywhere and on everything

On a coconut…. under my chair.

Shell swap meeting

They would gather in these little clumps and I’m sure it wasn’t social

Very colourful crab [identification pending]

Very colourful crab [identification pending]

 Of course, there were other crabs too, including this colourful chap.

Anemone in chains

Anemone in chains

Highlighting the dangers for anemones from our waste products, this specimen was entangled with fishing line and it took ten minutes to carefully remove it.

Finally free of the line

Finally free of the line

Now it’s happier.

Looks like eggs

Looks like eggs

Here’s one in a small rock pool.

Wave action

Wave action

And one with a friend.

Our overwater bungalow

Our overwater bungalow

Our simple hut 🙂

Lagoon fish

Lagoon fish

Typical lagoon fish meal.  Nice presentation and excellent food quality.

Lagoon panorama

Lagoon panorama

Finally, the 200 degree view from our swimming deck.



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  1. Ahhhh…..I feel so relaxed now, the photos have that effect. I can only imagine spending an entire week here. Thanks for untangling the creature from the fish line.

  2. The lagoon creature needed a friend 🙂

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