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An escape to Tahiti and Hikueru

By The Hub team

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 Salt Lake City-based 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 atoll that inhabits about 70 people in the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia. We spent a full week there with a few days in Tahiti before and after the trip to Hikueru.

To get to Hikueru we first had to travel to Tahiti, the main island of French Polynesia. 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 and many fresh fruit dishes.

On our second day in Tahiti we flew to Hikueru. There are two ways to get to the island: by cargo ship, which takes about 10 days from the port of Papeete, or by taking the once-a-week flight on Air Tahiti. The flight is about two hours, during which you are able to 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 many 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.

The water was extremely clear and blue -- truly the most beautiful and pristine water in the world. The corals were amazing, full of color and life. We ate fresh fish, clams and other shellfish every day. At mid-day, most of the citizens of the island get together in the town square to play volleyball or soccer together - it was amazing to see the entire community come together on a daily basis.

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

Tahiti is truly an amazing place to visit. 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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