Our hunch was somewhat confirmed when the PA said that we had to abort the first attempt to descend into the airstrip in Moorea due to unfavorable landing conditions. After the second failed attempt at 2:30pm (in which there was some severe rocking in the plane resulting from the scary turbulence though Tahia seemed to enjoy the ride as indicated by her laughter), the plane started to head back to Papeete. However, even the flight back to Papeete was a non-trivial affair as it took longer than 10 minutes to do this leg as perhaps even landing there was not favorable as well!
At 2:50pm, we finally landed back at the Papeete Airport. The plane was being refueled since it wasted a lot of gas from the two failed landing attempts. We had to deplane and walk through the pouring rain back to the boarding area again, where we’d await further news on what should happen next…
- Day 1: WILD RASPBERRIES
- Day 2: CIRCLING TAHITI NUI
- Day 3: LIVING UP TO ITS REPUTATION
- Day 4: THE ISLAND THAT REFUSED TO LET US GO
- Day 5: PERILS OF THE WET SEASON
- Day 6: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
- Day 7: BORA BORA UNDER THE CLOUDS
- Day 8: TAKING IT WHERE WE CAN
- Day 9: FAMILY FIRST
- Day 10: DO NOTHING DAY
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