I was wrong.
Because Laura pointed this out to me and demanded that I dedicate an entire post to my mistake, this post is to tell you that a motu is not what our bungalows are located on. We have been on lagoons over shallow waters about 3-6 feet deep. A motu is like a small island, which is impossible to swim in, as I believe I’ve remarked in several previous posts. I hope to go back and correct my errors sometime soon. For now, just read this as a disclaimer and hopefully, for those of you who also had no idea what the heck a motu is (seriously, Word even highlights it, so I’m doubting the validity of this word to begin with), maybe you’ve learned something from my mistakes.
Here’s a reference guide in layman’s terms (from what I understand and have been told, although I could still have some of these wrong…):
Lagoon = shallow water
Motu = small island
Archipelago = island chain
Tahiti = not a country; an island in French Polynesia
French Polynesia = a country; an archipelago including the islands of Tahiti, Bora Bora, etc.
FP = can stand for French Polynesia; can also stand for Freaking Perfect