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Papeete   Papeete means "Water Basket" 
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Quotes (Diane and Buil's experiences after others): 

All these from DianneC "Masked Traveler":

The roulettes are back! No more random parking in the dirt. As of 2/17 the new facility is open and it is tiled, has public bathrooms, and marked parking spaces. Our favorite for steak frite and brouchettes (150CFP) is still there. Also the one that cooks the calf on site. 

Soldane's crepes is no longer parked there. Now it is up by Chez Jimmy in a permanent location.

Caught the ferry one afternoon, just for the ride. @ $10 one way. If you get up earlier you can spend the day on Moorea.



Less time could have been spent in Papeete. We rented a car there and  went all around the island, not many good beaches at all, but it was interesting to see other areas other

than downtown Papeete.

Papeete...tiny little burg...This and Raiatea are probably the best places to shop...central market...block or two from...ship...first floor...fruits,. vegetables, food, flowers, straw items...second floor...pareus, clothes, shell jewelry (...some overlap, though)...Along one side...stalls...making leis and crowns of flowers. (The crowns are circles of flowers that you wear on your head; usually you'll see them as a long string because you can tie them to fit your head.)...usually $10 but we...for $5...later in the cruise... women come on board and make and sell them (you can order them to your own specifications if you do it when they first arrive)...also buy a$5.

...raining Sunday and unfortunately the Municipal Market and most everything else in town was shut down tight, European fashion, but we went to the Pearl Museum right across the street from the dock

There are a number of nightclubs in Papeete, plus one very smoky casino...The nightclubs have high cover charges, I understand, but women get in free.

I don't think Tahiti itself has any good beaches, at least within easy reach of Papeete...The other islands all have white sand beaches.

...booked a wonderful and expensive (worth every cent!) 6-hour 4x4 excursion into the interior of Tahiti...a great experience and produced a lot of pictures right away. Lunch midway a mountaintop restaurant that looked like a Tibetan monastery, inaccessible by anything but 4x4 or helicopter...For this trip you need mosquito repellent, despite jeans and two layers of “goop” we still got bitten, although less than ever before. The scenery, the little rivers, the waterfalls were gorgeous...In the jungle we ran across a contingent of Tahitian soldiers in full camouflage. They looked fierce!



Had cleared from a rain the night we arrived.

Morning slightly overcast but cleared and was sunny by noon.  Next day went to the left of dockside to the ATM and drew 50,000 CFP and relied on the conversion $1=115 to 120 CFP instead of the standard in all of the Society Islands $1=100 CFP...visited the town and market...bought a beautiful 2,000 CFP flower display from the market for the 10 days in the stateroom (some were 1,500 CFP and it was 500 CFP for a bunch of very nice flowers).  Visited a supermarket and bought a couple of Hinano beers, 165 CFP each and a couple of  bottles of French wine (2 different Lafitte's), about 2,800 CFP for both, which turned out to be the best of my French wine purchases, but still weren't all that great.  Other wine (US) was prohibitively expensive.

That evening, just before sunset, over wine, we watched a practicing outrigger racing team make the turn right in front of our balcony and shortly after, saw the sunset over Moorea.  

The following sunshiny day we and another couple (very good company) rented a driver (guide), ROBERT, at dockside with a Mercedes who took us on an around the island tour (Tahiti-nui) at our pace (about 4 hours).  The four of us were able to ask many questions and be a continuing part of our tour (too many people on the ship tour bus).  He charged $150 (would have been $200 for two couples with the Ren tour) and we were taken right up to the magnificent waterfall (the ship tour wasn't).  The east side of Tahiti-nui was more beautiful than I had expected.  We saw the one-time residence of James Michner,  went by the one-time leper colony,  At the end, Robert even stopped at a huge supermarket and we bought French wine (I advise bring California), and as we approached the ship it poured, but cleared as we were boarding.  Wonderful!

We sailed for Moorea at 11pm.  Tahiti: Good initiation to South Pacific

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