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Huahine, French Polynesia – Our New Island Home

A friendly looking man smiled as he spoke to friends in the airport. He held a well-used sign, “My Island Home,” that meant he was our waiting host. We greeted him and chatted until our one checked bag was handed over the small metal counter. Soon, we were out of the small airport and a few minutes later we pulled into the drive...

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia – Cannons and Conversations

It was raining when we arrived at the Vaitape port once again. Some older gentlemen were sitting and chatting while music played on a handheld radio. After a very friendly attempt to call a ride for us and our assurances we didn’t need one, our Airbnb host pulled up with a huge smile. She gave us fragrant orchid leis and we set ...

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How to: Save Money in French Polynesia

French Polynesia is an expensive place. In some ways, it is inescapable. If you spend any amount of time in the groceries, driving around, or down by the port it is easy to see why. Most goods are shipped in over vast distances, from computers to the milk for your coffee.

For us, the natural comparison is Hawaii, but there is...

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia – Local Living Between Town and the Beach

The van turned right and climbed to the Mediterranean style villa on the Bora Bora hillside. We got out, grabbed our bags, and followed our host to our room. He led us down a hallway to an open-air courtyard. Bright pink flowers surrounded the stone patio, a lily pad pond stood on the opposite side, white pillars lined three sid...

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