Rurutu travel Austral islands Ahima'a French Polynesia 4K Rurutu is the northernmost island in the Austral archipelago of French Polynesia The Australs are located 373 miles (600 km) south of Tahiti’s capital city The Austral Islands are a rare opportunity to discover The Islands of Tahiti in a different light.
I will introduce you the meaning of “RURUTU” 2 small words: “RURU” and “TU” “RURU” means “together”, “tied”, “linked” “TU” means “always standing” This tree is called “HOTU” The “HOTU” produces these fruits, also called “HOTU” We use them to cure “Ciguatera poisoning” Any other case of poisoning Our ancestors used it to cure the diseases inside their body Today some fishermen use the fruit to make juice They use it to make fish fall asleep The sleeping fish come up to the surface and the fishermen select the fish they want Rurutu is a wild, traditional, peaceful and friendly island To enjoy the hidden gems of Rurutu, I really advise you to ask for Paul, the tour guide at Manotel There are plenty of incredible natural caves to visit All of them coming with their own stories and legends Peaceful atmosphere.
The Taro is the main culture and food in Rurutu Hiking is always an option to enjoy the gorgeous lookouts over the island The paintings reminds us that Rurutu is home to a huge population of humpback whales The garden of eden, the images just don't do justice to this amazing site Fishermen gathering huge trevallies into their nets Fish are trapped inside the reef when the tide goes away This is the beautiful garden of Manotel, the friendliest pension in Rurutu ! Humpback whale The offerings from 1 family at the wedding A giant trevally caught by fishermen Traditional wedding Vitaria marae Manotel pension The sunrise and sunsets in Rurutu are astonishing.
I woke up every morning at 4.
30 to witness the humpback whales jumping on each side of the sun In Rurutu the whole island joins traditional weddings How many guests are you expecting at the wedding? Yesterday, around 500 guests Every family is around 50 people, 10 families each day, total 500 per day.
Each day, from Tuesday to Thursday we preapare the traditional Tahitian oven “Ahima'a” and cook pig with spinach “ma'a” Coconuts, banana leaves and volcanic stones fish and taro field The tahitian oven preparation starts at 3.
00 morning 500 people to feed every day Men are in charge of the cooking fried bananas, fermented coconut, pig head “Ma'a” pig and spinach This is the offerings from 1 family.
There will be 30 families in 3 days.
Starting from 2020, there will be no more than 1 wedding per year due to the high costs.
We are very lucky to have been a part of this traditional wedding.
My name is Hervé, tourist guide in Rurutu for 10 years.
1st thing is to gear up for the whale watching.
We sail along the reef and try to see a whale blow Once we catch a blow, we observe for a while.
According to the whale's behavior, we see if she allows us to go into the water with her or not.
If so, the magic is in the water.
It's important to keep in mind that, even with many years experience, we have no control over the whales.
The whale is the only decision maker.
It's important to respect when approaching the whales.
I believe that if we respect them, they will respect us.
Rurutu is one of the last places on earth where we are allowed to swim with humpback whales.
There used to be a lot of whale watching in Hawaii, but it is now very regulated.
Whale watching is quickly becoming a huge industry in Tonga and Palau.
We apprehend the day regulations will be more strict, and we won't be allowed to swim with whales anymore.
I hope today we will find a whale which will accept us around.
Especially for people who have been preparing the trip to Rurutu for 2-3 years.
Welcome to all of you in Rurutu! Weather and sea conditions were really rough, but the beautiful whales of Rurutu were there.
This beautiful trumpet fish went back to the sea.
Here we go again for Act 2 with different weather conditions.
I apologize again for last time.
Why apologize??! We have seen many whales ! The whales didn't want to stop, today we will try again.
Maybe today they are in a better mood.
Yesterday we spent 1 hour with them, hopefully today they welcome us again.
A colleague is also circling the island on whale watching.
(only 2 small boats in Rurutu) If they accept us, we shall swim with the whales today.
If they accept us we will give them a hug.
As always, Whales are here but there is no guarantee.
The whales will decide to give us the guarantee or not.
How many whales have you spotted? 2 female with 1 calf each, there are many “oil areas”, it means the whales are moving.
The white bits in the water are skin pieces.
We were about 10m, we spent 1 minute with them.
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