I’ve not long waved goodbye to Chris who is now winging his way with Air Tahiti Nui to French Polynesia and a meeting with Sesh Sareday – the 2014 Amateur Winner in our Travel Photography Awards and recipient of this wonderful travel prize of a week in the tropics with Chris. Time to explore, relax and of course take a few epic photos of course!

Day One of their itinerary (put together by the wonderful folk at Tahiti Tourisme) sees Chris behind the wheel as they take a rental car and circumnavigate the island of Tahiti Nui, with loads to see along the way such as Papeno’o Valley, Faarumai Falls, Taravao Plateau and Lake Vaihiria. Let’s hope Sesh’s navigating skills are up to scratch!

The following morning they will head out to La Taha’a, one of Chris’s favourite spots in French Polynesia with crystal clear waters and excellent underwater photography opportunities. Not to mention their very own overwater bungalow’s to stay in and enjoy at Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa.

No doubt this is where Sesh will be keen to pick up some handy pointers on using his brand new Underwater Sport Housing provided by AquaTech as part of his prize package… I can’t wait to see the results!

From Taha’a they head East to the Tuamotus – the world’s largest chain of atoll islands – where they will be staying at Fakarava Lagoon, the archipelago’s second largest lagoon and a world UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for the preservation of rare species. Offering a rich and untouched eco-system that is home to rare birds, plants and crustaceans with an underwater world that is largely undiscovered, Fakarava will no doubt be a highlight of this year’s trip and a very special place to visit.

From there Chris and Sesh eventually return to Tahiti before heading home and no doubt making the rest of us jealous with their stories and photos of what is sure to be a fantastic week… Happy travels!!

Image Copyright Chris McLennan

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