Our rental car allowed us to enjoy the daily commute along the water to the boatyard. There are lots of little cars and trucks zipping by, but also slow moving locals on bicycles sharing the road. One day we took off 1/2 day and drove all around the island. The highlight was visiting the sacred Marae *(Temple) Taputapuatea, once considered the central temple and religious center of Polynesia. Priests and navigators from all over the Pacific would gather here to offer sacrifices to the gods and share knowledge. The site is over 1000 years old, and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017.
|The Marae Taputapuatea
|Western Polynesia's most significant political, ceremonial and burial site
Paved Courtyard with large standing stone in center
|Time for Lunch
|Simple French Lunch - Fish in Vanilla Sauce, Taro, Tropical Fruit & Rice