Three Islands Featured, Moorea, Huahine & Bora Bora. Segments Include: Magic Mountain by Quad, Cultural Hike, Jet Skiing, Pearl Farm, Shark & Stingray Feeding, Bloody Mary’s, Local Resorts & Music.
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NEXT STOP: TAHITI (TRANSCRIPTION)
00:00-00:04 JON: Bonjour, I am Jon Olson, welcome to Next Stop from French Polynesia!
00:05- 00:15 Intro music, title ‘Next Stop Tahiti’ rolls across screen
00:16- 00:34 JON: We’ve just arrived in Tahiti with Alaska Airlines and it’s code share partner, Air France’s non stop flight from LAX to French Polynesia. Tahiti has 118 islands, far more than we can tackle in a 30 minute show, but we are going to dive into Moorea, Huahine and world famous Bora Bora. The fun starts now!
00:35-00:36 Jon drinks from a coconut
00:37-00:38 JON: Ahhhhh!
00:39-00:40 Next Stop logo flashes on screen
00:41-00:48 JON: We’re off for a day of adventure on Moorea with Albert Tours, all I know is the itinerary said to show up at 8:50, get in the truck and have fun.
00:49-00:51 Music rolls
00:52-01:00 KARL: Alright, so today we are going on ATV Tours so we are gonna start from Cook’s Base, we’re gonna ride into Cook’s Base and we’re gonna use the, this off road here.
01:01-01:09 Music rolls, while they ride ATV’s
01:10- 01:12 KARL: So here is the Victoria Pineapple.
01:13-01:13 JON: It’s smaller.
01:14-01:25 KARL: Yes, it’s smaller than the Hawaiian pineapple but sweeter, uh. That’s why the only thing we grow here on this island. So the Victoria is originally come from Brazil, it was also introduced here.
01:26-01:32 Music rolls, footage of pineapple and ATV riding
01:33-01:41 KARL: Alright, so here you guys you can see coffee beans, this is arabica coffee. So, arabica is one of the best coffee in the worlds.
01:42-01:43 JON: You got your pineapple in the morning; you got your coffee in the morning. You’ve got your morning covered here.
01:44-01:45 KARL: Yep.
01:46-01:49 Music rolls, footage of ATV riding
01:50-01:55 JON: So we’re taking a little break here, Karl’s off trying to find avocado’s cuz apparently there’s some pigs up there and pigs like avocado’s.
01:56-01:57 ATV riding to pigs
01:58:02:01 JON: Hey piggies! (laughs) Oh, that’s the guy.
02:02-02:06 KARL: Oh yeah, he’s the man. So you have one male for all the females, so he’s pretty happy here.
02:07-02:15 JON: Come here sweetie, come here sweetie, come here, there ya go.
02:16-02:19 Pig snorts at camera
02:20-02:24 JON: That one really eats it quick (laughs)
02:25-02:40 Footage of riding ATV through mud and water, laughter.
02:41-02:49 KARL: We are going to go all the way to the top of the mountain over there, it’s called Magic Mountain lookout point, so over there we are gonna have a 360 degrees lookout.
02:50-02:57 JON: I can’t believe the variety of stuff we’ve already seen on this island, all the fruits, and the coffee beans, and you just pulled that off, like, randomly.
02:58-03:00 KARL: Yeah, that’s a passion fruits, that’s why we call this place paradise!
03:01-03:04 JON: (laughs) that’s a good reason, in our country you’ve gotta pay for everything.
03:05-03:07 KARL: Here, no, organic means free!
03:08-03:21 Music rolls, ATV and hiking footage
03:22-03:26 JON: You guys run great tours, we saw a little bit of everything today, we saw pineapple, we saw lime, we saw leche, we saw pigs.
03:27-03:29 KARL: Oh yes, you know, we are very lucky, uh?
03:30-03:35 JON: You get to make magic happen for all these visitors from all over the world. What’s your favorite thing about your job?
03:36-03:49 KARL: Oh you know I like to see people, I like to show people how beautiful is my island, you know? And I really like my job, you know, because we have beautiful island, and I like to show you my island, yeah?
03:50-03:59 Aerial views of beaches
04:00-04:02 Next Stop logo
04:03-04:19 Strolling musical group on beach, Hawata Trio, playing ukuleles and singing
04:20-04:28 JON: Our Moorea Hotel is the Intercontinental Resort and Spa, and this place is amazing. It screams Tahiti, and when I envision a hotel in Tahiti, this is what I picture.
04:29-04:36 LAURENT: It’s actually the biggest property on the island of Moorea, so you have a lot of different areas on the property, it’s like a small village, a little bit.
04:37-04:41 JON: It is a small village, and you have your own little thatch huts all over the place, right on the water.
04:42-04:50 LAURENT: Exactly, you know so you have 4 different categories. The beach bungalow, the over water bungalow, totally over the water, we all like those kind of rooms of course.
04:51-05:00 JON: Now we’ve stayed at a lot of hotels, and this one is very unique to me. My favorite thing about this property I can actually swim from your beautiful pool area straight to my room and just crawl up.
05:01-05:10 Music rolls, while Jon swims to his bungalow, then jumps in the water
05:11-05:12 JON: You also have some live entertainment that we are going to check out later on.
05:13-05:24 LAURENT: Dancing, Tahitian show, as we can, you are sitting on the beach with the buffet on your back of course, the fire dance show.
05:25-05:42 footage of fire dancers, and Tahitian dancers
05:43-05:44 Next Stop logo
05:45-05:49 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, we visit the largest archeologist site in the Pacific Ocean.
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05:53-05:57 Music plays, Jon riding in vehicle
05:58-06:06 JON: We’ve just taken a short flight on Air Tahiti from Moorea to Huahine. We’re with Paul, and we gonna talk story about the largest archeological site in the entire Pacific Ocean.
06:07-06:31 PAUL: Well we are in Maiva village here on Huahine, and as you said, it’s the largest archeological site; it’s a huge habitation site, and the largest in the Pacific Ocean. It’s an area that expands over a kilometer in width and has the densest concentration of sites in the South Pacific. What we’re looking at here is actually is an alter and these stones right here are backrests for seats.
06:32-06:38 Music rolls, with footage of site being explored by Jon and Paul
06:39-07:07 PAUL: Well there’s obviously a lot of different vegetation we’re seeing as we wander. This is, uh, happens to be pineapple. And it’s kind of interesting the modern Tahitian language because the first Europeans that came spoke English, and they brought metal, tools and new plants, there’s a lot of words in the Tahitian language that actually come from English, like pineapple, pinapo. And as we go up the hill we will see vanilla, vanilla, or hammer, hamre. Or fry pan, fripani. So the head club was replaced by the fry pan, fripani.
07:08-07:09 JON: (laughs) Fripani!
07:10-07:16 Music rolls while they stroll through site
07:17-07:35 PAUL: As I mentioned earlier, this is over a kilometer wide and it’s just one huge site so this small area here, this is just a very small portion of the 5,6,7 percent of what’s on this hill. So this area that’s kind of cleared back has been restored by Dr Siyoto and it is called teyana, which is the traditional land name.
07:36-07:37 JON: So families would live in something like this?
07:38-07:55 PAUL: It’s really hard to say, this is actually, this terrace we’re on here was a house site, and there was a rectangular building, and actually these stones here correspond with, to where there would have been a wall, so the wall would have been built flush inside and the stone keeps out the mud, the rain and the erosion.
07:55-08:01 Music while they walk through site
08:02-08:04 JON: This is awesome!
08:05-08:07 PAUL: Oh it’s probably, well to me it is the most beautiful mauri in all of Polynesia.
08:08-08:09 JON: This is just spectacular!
08:09-08:18 PAUL: It’s one this everybody says when they come to this island is it’s so lush, and the variation, or the variety of vegetation is so mind blowing.
08:19-08:20 JON: It really is.
08:21-08:24 Music while they walk through site
08:25-08:31 PAUL: What you see here are 8 back rests, so as we said how there are 8 royal lines, and there is 8 back rests.
08:32-08:33 JON: So this would be the first son? You said that I got to be the first son.
08:34-08:35 PAUL: Then you get to sit here.
08:36-08:37 JON: Ok, so this is mine.
08:38-08:41 PAUL: And then you have got the alter ahead of you, or in front of you, of this incredible banyan tree.
08:42-08:48 JON: What a great tour, this is such a pleasant surprise here at the largest archeological site in the entire Pacific, right here.
08:49-08:58 PAUL: Well Jon, it’s still very much a hidden treasure, I mean even people that have grown up in Tahiti aren’t really aware of the fact that these sites are here on Huahine, but this place puts a big smile on my face.
08:59-09:02 JON: Mauru-uru. Nice to meet you.
09:02-09:03 PAUL: You too.
09:04-09:08 Music fades
09:09-09:10 Next Stop logo flashes across screen NEXT STOP TAHITI
09:16 JON: Most of us have really stressed out lives, especially if you live in the hustle bustle of a city. Well, if you wanna come and really chill out, come to Huahine, and come to the Te Tiare Resort, this place is so chill and beautiful Rudy, thanks for having us.
RUDY: Well, pleasure to have you guys on board here and really, you wanna feature Huahine and the people, this island is magical. It’s not like Bora Bora, or Moorea, where there’s a lot of business and entertainment and things like that. The people that enjoy this place, you mentioned it Jon, it’s the quietness, it’s the tranquility, we have uh, coral and fish here on our over water bungalows, below them actually, that you can’t find in any other part of the island.
10:02 JON: Now you built this place, right? This was your inspiration? What inspired you to build a property like this so kind of tucked away, you have to get here by boat, you can’t even get here by car.
RUDY: Well this was all jungle Jon, just total jungle. You could barely land here. This beach was natural, which was one of the things I liked about it.
10:22 JON: Your property gets you back to just this peace and serenity, and I love the gardens, and your staff is wonderful, so thank you very much for having us here.
RUDY: Well enjoy it while you are here.
JON: How can we not!
RUDY: OK, thank you.
JON: Thank you.
10:33 Music by Te Tiare Boys
10:44 Next Stop logo
10:46 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, we feed the fish on Huahine.
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10:53 JON: The word tattoo originated in Tahiti. The legend of Tohu, the god of tattoo, describes painting the ocean’s fish in beautiful colors and patterns. In Polynesian culture, tattoos have long been considered a sign of beauty, and in earlier times were ceremoniously applied when reaching adolesence. And speaking of youth, over half the population of 200,000 in Tahiti is under the age of 20.
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11:18 JON: We’re kicking off our day of play in Huahine with lunch on the beach and jet skis, right on!
11:28 PARKA: We make the plates.
11:33 JON: We’ve got a plate, and I didn’t help at all (laughs)
PARKA: This is the huero in Tahiti, huero.
11:49 JON: It’s like a big, giant glob of bread.
JON: Wow, that smells good.
PARKA: Just push. You push now.
JON: Oh, then you do the coconut shavings.
PARKA: Tuna is the fish.
JON: And some limes.
PARKA: Limes, salt.
JON: And some salt.
PARKA: And cook the fish.
JON: I’m gonna guess you are going to squeeze that and get the milk out of it.
FLOHR: You squeeze it.
12:13 JON: I’m gonna squeeze it.
FLOHR: So if you guys want some raw fish, just call Jon, the chief.
12:16 JON: We had a killer lunch
JON: Now’s the time for the action.
FLOHR: Jet skis
FLOHR: Rock and roll, uh?
JON: Do your thing brother.
12:44 FLOHR: OK so this is the map, this is Huahine, that’s where are. Actually there’s two islands, so we got the big island that we call Huahine nui, nui means big in tahitian. And Huahine iti, on the right side Huahine iti means small. Ok, so we are gonna pass under the bridge that separate the two island, and then we’re gonna go all the way to the east side, and go back to the north to see the pearl farm.
Jet ski footage
13:31 JON: Tahitian pearls are famous all over the world. Well, as were riding our jet skis around the water, I saw this little like hut, or house, just like sitting in the middle of the water. It’s a pearl farm.
13:44 JON Tell us about Tahitian pearls.
CANDY: Yes, we start with a little explanation. The first thing, the oyster who gives the Tahitian pearl we call the oyster the pinctada marg it’s a long name but this is the one who lives here in French Polynesia. After we take the pearl out 24 months after, and if it’s really nice it means we have a good graft and good host oyster. We can try again with the same oyster to get second pearl.
JON: And you have one on your neck right now.
CANDY: Yeah, I believe its champagne.
14:17 JON: That’s nice, I like that color. This is beautiful, and they are sold all over the world.
Jet ski footage
14:39 JON: The jet skis were awesome, and now it’s time to feed some fish, lot’s of fish. Permission to come aboard, Captain Stubing.
Footage of feeding fish
15:02 JON: We have had a fantastic day here in Huahine, Mark and his staff of Huahine Nautique, they are awesome, you guys gotta check this out. I’m gonna go back and feed the fish.
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15:16 JON: Coming up on Next Stop we island hop to world famous Bora Bora
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15:57 JON: Bloody Mary’s located on Bora Bora is one of the most famous establishments in all of Tahiti. Tonight for Next Stop they brought in some live music and fresh catch of the day.
16:09 JON: It takes a lot to keep a bar around, and a restaurant around 30 years much less on an island as isolated as Tahiti, but these guys have done it at Bloody Mary’s.
RICK: The secret in Bloody Mary’s is very very simple I mean try to have your ambiance, keep the fish fresh, the beer cold, try and charge a reasonable price, cuz it’s an expensive destination.
JON: Well you also have some amazing staff around, I saw Olivia giving the rundown of the fresh catch of the day coming in, that’s pretty cool.
RICK: Olivia’s only been with us about a dozen years, come on, speaks languages, portugese, italian, spanish, french, english, things like this, and she’s prettier than I.
16:45 JON: There are so many choices. I don’t even know where to start.
OLIVIA: Ok, everything is grilled just right there. Teriyaki beef and a shrimp kabob, crab cooked with a garlic cream sauce, and also you can have lobster, cut in the middle and grilled on the barbeque. And my favorite fish is a swordfish, broadbill, deep, deep water, grill it tender, and oahu, iono.
17:12 JON: So this morning my buddy Rudy now, my new friend Rudy on Huahine said ‘You gotta go to Bloody Mary’s and say hi to Rick’ it’s famous all over the place.
RICK: Word of mouth is the best, there is nothing quite like it.
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17:35 JON: We’ve stayed at some gorgeous properties here on Tahiti, and the Sofitel on Bora Bora is no exception.
PHILIPPE: Most of your hotel are remote too, which you need to take a shuttle to go to the islands, or to go out from the islands. But here we are on the mainland, means the guests can go out easily, for shopping, for tour, for walking, for jogging.
17:54 JON: The bungalows look like they should just blow away in the wind, but they’re very sturdy. What are they made of, and how do the roofs stay on?
PHILIPPE: The roof are made with a vegetable we call it a pamenoose. It means that when you are living on the island of Bora Bora every hotel is a got the same roof, same roof, a vegetable roof.
18:10 JON: My favorite thing is the glass bottom in the room. You can literally ride and paddle your canoe right underneath your own room.
18:22 JON: I want to thank you very much for having us here.
PHILIPPE: It’s a pleasure.
JON: We love your property, we are going to go hang out and enjoy the rest of our time.
PHILIPPE: Don’t forget to look at the show.
JON: Oh, of course
PHILIPPE: It’s a pleasure.
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18:35 JON: It’s 9:00 in the morning on Bora Bora, and it’s shark feeding time, it’s time to feed the sharks! My question is, as they swarm around right now, what are we feeding them?
18:39 JON: Morona, I’ve never fed the sharks before, this is a new experience for me (laughs)
MORONA: (Laughs) That’s good.
JON: You laugh like that, whats…
MORONA: I’m impressed with all the people.
JON: Do we stay on the boat, or do we go inside the water?
MORONA: We go inside the water with them, look at them.
19:02 JON We do?
JON: Uh, OK.
19:12 JON: The sharks are surrounding the boat right now, theres hundreds of them. There’s big manta rays below my feet, and tons of butterfish right here.
19:34 JON: So we’ve fed the sharks, we fed the fish, and now we are feeding the sting rays, wow.
MORONA: You have to feed from the eyes, see the eyes please, the hole?
JON: They eat it through their eyes?
MORONA: Yeah, you feed from the mouth they are gonna get it, but they don’t have teeth, they only like have the whole gum. From the eyes.
JON: Here we go.
20:03 JON They suck it in through their eyes!
20:37 JON: Well the fish got fed, so now it’s our turn.
20:51 JON: Another near perfect day on Tahiti. When you come to Bora Bora, make sure and hook up with my new buddy Morona, he’ll help you make amazing memories, like he did for us today.
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21:29 JON: Mauru-uru for tuning in to Next Stop, from Tahiti. A gorgeous country rich with culture and activities, and the people, so warm and inviting. Merci Beaucoup to our Tahiti show sponsors, Air France, and Jonathan and his staff at Tahiti Tourism for putting together an awesome itinerary. Also thanks to our Title Sponsor and good friends Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Airlines visa signature card. Next Stop, where will we take you next? Make good memories everybody.
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21:56 KARL: Here is the pineapple plantations
22:00 JON: (Laughs) Did you get that? Alright. Works better without the break on, is that how it works? OK.
22:14 JON No way, I lost this card in Maui and we are in Tahiti, I found it Susan!