After a night of fairly strong winds and gentle movement among the waves, we entered the very sheltered anchorage site in Cook’s Bay, also known as Opunohu Bay, on the north side of Moorea. We anchored before breakfast in the center of what was once the volcano’s crater. Here is where we spent the rest of the day as we enjoyed this amazingly lush, verdant, volcanic island. It is the second largest of the Îles du Vent (Windward Islands) in the Society Islands of French Polynesia. Today, les Îles du Vent certainly lived up to their name. The island is very different compared to the nearby coralline Tuamotu islands, and is reminiscent of the Marquesas Islands. Some people claim Moorea is the most beautiful island in the world, but we have recently spent five days in the Marquesas Archipelago, so some of us might argue that claim. The island is essentially the remnant of an ancient, half-eroded volcano that now presents a rugged and mountainous land, with many streams, fertile soils, and beautiful landscapes.