Jayhawks enjoy South Pacific jewels

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Jacey Krehbiel, coordinator of alumni programs, hosted a group of Flying Jayhawks during a recent trip to French Polynesia. For more information about the Flying Jayhawks alumni travel program, visit www.kualumni.org/flyingjayhawks.

Tahiti. Talk about a place that I never imagined I would visit. However, at the end of January, I had the opportunity of a lifetime and made the trip to the French Polynesia with the Flying Jayhawks. A wonderful group of people from all over the United States joined me in the South Pacific for a ten days of relaxation and breathtaking views.

Our adventure started in Pape`ete, Tahiti. This was my first experience on a cruise ship. Needless to say, the service was amazing and the food was impeccable! From Pape`ete we traveled to Moorea, where we swam with sharks and stingrays. We also enjoyed an authentic Polynesian barbecue with local favorites such as mahi-mahi, poisson cru (fresh tuna, lime juice, and coconut milk), and our choice of locally-grown fruit.

We spent the next several days in Bora Bora. It was in Bora Bora where I really got a sense of the culture in French Polynesia. The island’s economy is almost solely driven by tourism. Whether it is snorkeling, bike riding or sight-seeing, Bora Bora thrives on tourists. A tourist favorite is the restaurant and bar Bloody Mary’s. You may have seen it on E!’s hit TV show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Another popular find in Bora Bora, as well as Tahiti and the other surrounding islands, are the popular Tahitian black pearls. The warm lagoon waters make Tahiti the perfect location to cultivate these ocean treasures. They are beautiful!

Other islands we visited included Raiatea, Rangiroa, Nuku Hiva, and Fakarava.

It was an incredible experience. I met a variety of folks from all over the world, including quite a few Canadians who are now very familiar with the Jayhawk thanks to Andrew Wiggins! It was fun to listen to them talk about Kansas. I look forward to my next adventure with the Flying Jayhawks so I can learn more about another culture and share the Jayhawk pride!

Watch the slideshow below to see pictures from the trip, or click here to view the photos on Flickr.

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