Raiatea’s Remarkable Flora & Fauna~

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Raiatea has some unusual flora and fauna.
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Check out the colors of these water lilies for example!
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The scent of tropical flowers perfumes the air, sending you off to sleep, even in mid day!
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I tried my new underwater camera for the first, and last time for awhile, because I got a nasty coral cut, that is now infected. I got it from fire coral that was not visible on our balcony’s dive ladder. No more underwater photo practice for me until it heals.
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I did manage to get some decent shots on my first attempt. Can you see the camouflaged octopus here? He was quite large and stuck his tentacles simultaneously down many holes searching for prey. When he found some, he ballooned his entire body around it and killed it.
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So many beautiful fish, I even saw a lion fish wish I would love to show you. Lots of giant clams too.
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This guy was half in and out of water!
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And this one appears to live in the thatch of our bungalow.
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Raiatea is surrounded by motus, which are empty atolls, that you can sail or kayak over to, and spend your day on your own private island like Robinson Crusoe!
Cheers to you from beautiful Raiatea~
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172 thoughts on “Raiatea’s Remarkable Flora & Fauna~

    • Tomorrow off to Huahine by puddle jumper. The Raiatea experience is something I am going to need to contemplate to gain perspective. We really roughed it, no AC, no insect screens in our deep over water bungalow. I used three types of insect repellent, on my body, in the air, and in a vitamin B patch, I am the one who got mosky bites. Beauty unbelieveable, but lots of health factors. I am the experienced ocean swimmer, but I got blasted by the coral that shouldn’t have been on the last step of the dive ladder. Jim is a newbie snorkeler, he got no coral contact or mosky botes. Cie le Vie! ❀

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      • Poor you. It sounds like thing that would happen to me. I am impressed that you an ocean swimmer. I am afraid of swimming where my feet don’t touch the floor/ground. I have taken several swimming classes and it did not help. Finally, I took a class for non swimmers survival. Basically how to float on my back until help shows up. πŸ˜€ ))) That was many years ago. I will simply drown. 😦
        I hope you will heal soon. Enjoy Huahine! πŸ™‚

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      • “I will simply drown.”
        Oh dear! Now I know you are incredibly brave because you take so many cruises despite your fear of swimming. This is the definition of bravery, not letting your fear stop you!
        I’m impressed as usual with you Fae!

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  1. I love the colors of the various flowers and creatures. And how cool — an underwater camera. I’ve been thinking about getting one of those so I can have hubby throw the animals in the pool and I can take their pictures! (Just kidding!) There’s not a swimmer in the bunch. (They can all swim because they’ve fallen in the pool before. They just don’t like it!) I’m so sorry to hear about your foot and I hope that you’re mending quickly.

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  2. Been meaning to comment on this, Cuz, but, as you know, traveling sometimes hands us challenges when it comes to communicating. Loved the photos, Cindy. Water lilies are some of my favorite things… along with wandering cousins ! Safe travels and enjoyl Big Hug !

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  3. Hi Cindy. You certainly go to places I shall never see. Not really a traveller. But I would like to see some paranormal sites. In particular The Battlefields of Gettysburg. Thank you very much for liking my poem ‘ A Dark Shadow Stood!’ And for your great comment. Peace and Best Wishes. The Foureyed Poet.

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  4. WOW, you are liven’ la vita loca my dear. Gorgeous and interesting at every turn. Sorry to hear of your injury, hope you’re healing well. Don’t forget to send me your mailing info for “12 days of an Aqua Christmas”. If you’d rather not participate, I totally understand and will pick another name. Just let me know. Cheers my dear.

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