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    Jim Kelly-Evans is offline
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    French Polynesia: Papeete

    Day one of our cruise we spent in Papeete. With slow satellite internet on board or ship, it's not easy to post photos. Please have a look at my blog for photographs from my two scuba diving adventures. http://hardtoport.blogspot.com
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    Re: French Polynesia: Papeete

    Thanks for the link. The pictures are great and getting to your gorgeous blog was easy!
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    Oh my! You saw some beauties, Jim! What a stunning shot of the Black Tip, Moray, Cowfish, Lionfish and the Clown/Anemone dance. You must've been in heaven! Thank you for sharing these with us. I'm also anxious to see what Dan has done with the beauty in front of him. Feel free to share if you wish. :)
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    Re: French Polynesia: Papeete

    We use to summer on Catalina Island- the orange fish are Garibaldi- a highly protected species- at least when we were there.
    It seems like you were in SBH yesterday and today you are in Tahiti! Wow!
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    Enjoy your trip. Your blog and photos are great!

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    Jim Kelly-Evans is offline
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    Re: French Polynesia: Papeete

    I have been unable to upload any photos but have a look at my blog. We're arriving on Bora Bora at noon local time today for an overnight stay. Yesterday we visited Rangiroa, and Moorea the day before.
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    Re: French Polynesia: Papeete

    Gorgeous world in which you get to play-love seeing your photos.
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    Re: French Polynesia: Papeete

    Jim, sounds like the one dive was quite the washing machine :)
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    Jim Kelly-Evans is offline
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    Re: French Polynesia: Papeete

    Quote Originally Posted by JEK View Post
    Jim, sounds like the one dive was quite the washing machine :)
    Yes, John, it certainly was! I have the coral abrasions to prove it. Not my preferred type of diving for sure, but at least I survived it! Hopefully the diving here on Bora Bora will be more in the normal category so that I can get back to what I really enjoy: taking photos of beautiful sea life in calm water. Let the youngsters have the washing machine!
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    Great pics, Jim! It's a pleasure to follow your fun time and adventures.

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    Wow...what stunning underwater photography, and some unique diving experiences too! The cruise sounds like it's lots of fun and glad your enjoying your trip. I'm enjoying your blog posts - thanks so much for sharing your experiences with us!

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    Re: French Polynesia: Papeete

    Hey Jim - are you eating all your meals on the boat or are you getting off and eating some of the best French food on the islands? Tahiti had great food as did Bali Hai on Moorea.


    Andy

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    Re: French Polynesia: Papeete

    These are fabulous photos of underwater life! Very colorful and with a lot of variety of fish. Thanks for posting.

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    Wow...I'm surprised that you dove the pass, Jim! You ARE brave. I dove it back in 2003 and I thought my obituary would have my age at death set at 39. It was the most intense dive I have ever logged. I actually still have mental scars from the (fire) coral wounds I suffered. I'm glad you posted photos...I appreciate the trip down memory lane!

    It sounds like you guys are living large on this trip! Caviar, champagne...? Nice! Looking forward to the next installment.
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    Jim Kelly-Evans is offline
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    Thanks for the comments guys and gals. Andy, we have not yet sampled the local food but we hope to do so before the trip ends on Sunday. Missy, yes, shooting the pass is intense...too intense...never again.

    Today hopefully some calmer diving in Bora Bora.
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    Re: French Polynesia: Papeete

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Kelly-Evans View Post
    Thanks for the comments guys and gals. Andy, we have not yet sampled the local food but we hope to do so before the trip ends on Sunday. Missy, yes, shooting the pass is intense...too intense...never again.

    Today hopefully some calmer diving in Bora Bora.
    I'm with you, Jim. I have Tiputa Pass in my log book once...never again!! Just like the Blue Hole in Belize; if I can be dropped there without the boat ride, I would consider it.

    I had to pass on diving Bora Bora, got some kind of gastrointestinal funk and had to rest. I look forward to seeing what I missed.
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    Re: French Polynesia: Papeete

    Jim and Dan---Thanks for once again taking us along on your adventure. The photos are beautiful---your underwater photography keeps getting better and better---and the blog is written in a conversational tone that makes the reader feel included in the scene.

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    Jim Kelly-Evans is offline
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    Re: French Polynesia: Papeete

    Our final day in French Polynesia included a visit to the seventh island on our itinerary, Huahine, and some delicious local food. Tomorrow we start the trek back home to Philadelphia with fond memories of a beautiful place inhabited by friendly people. http://hardtoport.blogspot.com
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    amyb is offline
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    Re: French Polynesia: Papeete

    Safe trip.

    Thanks for sharing this one with us.
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    Re: French Polynesia: Papeete

    What? I'm not ready to go home yet. Uh, I mean...I'm not ready for YOU to go home yet. Very happy to see that y'all had a wonderful time on all the islands. I'm now even more bummed that I missed my Bora Bora dives...your photos are super! Thank you for taking us along, Jim and Dan. Bon voyage!

    Now...where are we going next? :)
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    Jim Kelly-Evans is offline
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    Re: French Polynesia: Papeete

    Thanks Amy and Missy....on the agenda for later this year: The Danube by riverboat....and India. But we have to rest up first from thjs one!
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    Jim Kelly-Evans is offline
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    Re: French Polynesia: Papeete

    Tasted grilled breadfruit on Huahine...it's good, a lot like potato...I wonder if you can get it stateside? Wr'Re on the last leg of the trip home LAX-PHL....more photos on the blog http://hardtoport.blogspot.com
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