Hello 425 readers. Deputy editor Ethan Chung is currently traveling between Tahiti and the Society Islands in French Polynesia (we know…we want his job, too). He sent us a quick dispatch about his travels. Read more about his adventure this fall in 425 magazine.
Ia Orana! That’s the greeting I’ve been hearing from locals in Tahiti and throughout French Polynesia. I embarked from port in Papeete, Tahiti on the MS Paul Gauguin, a cruise ship run by a company based in Bellevue of all places. This specific cruise is taking me through the Society Islands – Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora, Moorea and Tahiti.
This award-winning cruise is the highest rated in the South Pacific. The MS Paul Gauguin is a smaller than normal cruise ship (300+ passengers), offering luxury at every turn in an all-inclusive environment. If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing Tahiti and the surrounding Society Islands, this cruise is for you.
So far I’ve snorkeled in crystal clear blue water with tropical fishes, learned all there is to know about creating and harvesting black pearls at Anapa Pearl Farm on the island of Raiatea and eaten exquisite and exotic cuisine (see Executive Chef Paul Ellis demonstrates how he fillets a moon fish, which was caught and delivered to the boat the day before).
What other adventures are in store for 425 readers? You’ll have to wait and see this fall as we tell you all about this incredible trip to Tahiti and more.