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An escape to Tahiti and Hikueru

By The Hub team, March 10, 2017

Each week we will profile one of our employee's adventures across the globe, featuring a new location for every employee's story. Follow along every week to learn more about their travel experiences.

By SLC Customer Service Representative Thiefaine Magre

This past winter holiday, my family and I went to visit the island of my wife's grandfather, Hikueru. Hikueru is an island that inhabits about 70 people in the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia. We were fortunate to spend a full week there, as well as a few days in Tahiti before and after the trip.

To get to Hikueru we first had to travel to Tahiti, the main island of French Polynesia. The airport code is PPT (Papeete). There are a few ways to get there – the Hawaiian Airlines (HA) flight from HNL (Honolulu) every Saturday and the Air France (AF) flight several times a week from LAX. We took the HA flights.

In Papeete we were able to enjoy much of the local culture. We ate local cuisine from Tahitian food trucks called "roulette." The most common dishes in Tahiti are raw fish, sashimi, steak frites (steak and fries with several sauces to choose from) and many fresh fruit dishes.

United Customer Service Representative Thiefaine Magre

We flew to Hikueru on our second day in Tahiti. There are two ways to get to the island: by cargo ship, which takes about 10 days from the port of PPT, or by taking the once-a-week flight on Air Tahiti. The flight is about two hours, during which you see many little islands scattered across the ocean below. Because the island is so remote and has such a small population, we needed to arrange with my in-laws to have food and supplies shipped by cargo ship two weeks prior to our arrival. It was a lot of planning, but it was worth all of the effort.

While in Tupapati, the capital and only city of Hikueru, we enjoyed various activities, like swimming at the pier, fishing, walks around the island and boat tours of neighboring motus (motu is the word for a small sand island forming a ring around a lagoon). We enjoyed evening walks, stargazing and basking in the colors of the sunsets and sunrises.

Sunset in Tahiti

After our week in Hikueru, we returned to Tahiti for two more days. We did a short trip around the island and saw the famous "Trois Cascades," three waterfalls, and jumped off bridges into large rivers.

Tahiti is truly an amazing place. With over 100 islands to visit and discover, there is plenty for everyone to do – not to mention the beautiful scenery of such stunning waters.

Mauruuru ("thank you" in Tahitian) for reading about my travel journey.

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