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Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti » Papeete April 23rd 2019

‘As you move through this life you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you’ –Anthony Bourdain Tahiti - Discovered by Samuel Wallis in 1767 and sung about by David Essex in Mutiny on the Bounty, this is the largest and highest of the French Polynesian archipelago and lies approximately half way between Los Angeles in the USA and Sydney in Australia. A harbour at Pape’ete was built in 1962. Welcome to Tahiti’s principle town and capital of the entire 1,600 islands of French Polynesia. We docked at 8am and stayed until 6am the following morning. Not sure why as it’s not as if many of the passengers are going to go out clubbing during our stay! Pape’ete (pronounced Pahp-ay-et-ay) or as the New Zealander ... read more
Roisin checking out that everything is OK with the tender
Hula grass skirts for anorexic adults or very tall children!!
Roisin surrounded by a Polynesian tribe!!

Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti » Papeete November 10th 2018

Dateline: November 10, 2018, Jumping Ship: Papeete, Tahiti and on to Moorea (Society Islands) Jumping Ship We are jumping ship today. We will get off, spend a half day in Papeete and then head for our ferry and Moorea by 12:45. Since we are in French Polynesia, everyone of course, speaks French, We have a few words of French…oui, merci, un, deux, trois, thank you… we will do fine 😉. Our ship is docked right downtown so we wander into Papeete. Papeete is a bustling, busy city, on Saturday. It is the capitol of French Polynesia. The huge marketplace is wonderful with tons of fresh fish, vegetables, fruits, lots of clothing and pearl shops. When we got to the market Jean noticed a woman selling pearls that was just a table, not a shop, and she ... read more
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Jean and Hiva buying Pearls
If the ice cream store had been open

Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti » Papeete October 11th 2018

I spent 2-3 nights in Tahiti, mostly in transit between other places. The first day I was there was a Sunday, when everything is closed. There was also a huge cruise ship in the port, so the handful of open places were swarming with people. The second day I was there it rained the whole day...so overall I'm not sure I can say I experienced much of what the island has to offer. Papeete did have some absolutely fantastic street art, which made it pretty interesting to walk around.... read more
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Territorial Assembly
Territorial Assembly

Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti » Papeete April 21st 2018

South Pacific Treasures – New Zealand and French Polynesia April 2018 Two days of endless ocean sailing – water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink – due east from Sydney has brought me to a new global destination. New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island—and around 600 smaller islands. The country is situated some 1,000 miles east of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and roughly 650 miles south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands on earth to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life. The country's ... read more
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Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti » Papeete December 27th 2017

Im Le Méridien auf Tahiti waren wir 3 Tage gut aufgehoben in einem grosszügigen Zimmer mit Meersicht, reichhaltigem Frühstücksbuffet und sehr guten Nachtessen. Das Wetter war sonnig/bewölkt und warm ( 28•). Am 2.Tag machten wir einen Ausflug ins Papenoo-Tal ins Innere der Insel. Es braucht dafür ein 4x4-Fahrzeug da die Strasse so schlecht ist und man auch durch einen Bach fahren muss. Die Vegetation ist wirklich sehr üppig tropisch und es hat viele Wasserfälle. Zuvor hatten wir den Markt in Papeete besucht und eines der vielen Perlengeschäfte besucht - das gehört hier fast dazu! Am nächsten Tag fuhren wir mit der Fähre auf die Nachbarinsel Moorea - da hat es schon zu regnen begonnen. Am Abend des 24.12. hat es zeitweise quer geschüttet. Das Restaurant war voll besetzt für das „Xmas Eve Buffet“: sehr gut und ... read more
Anne beim Auswählen im Pearl Market in Papeete
Unser tahitianischer Adventskranz mit Kerzen von Cherry
Unser Beach Bungalow Nr. 302 im Manava Resort auf Moorea

Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti » Papeete August 30th 2017

We arrived at 5:00 AM in the morning at the Meridian Hotel fully expecting to be ferreted into a day room. Little did we know that our room was ready,. Naturellment! After all, we were in French Polynesian Isle!! Petit Quebec with a slice of parisian accent, is how I would describe it.Our hotel greeter was a superb greeter who we tried to accentuate with our situation and succeeded. We told her that it was our 40th wedding anniversary, and would like le "speciale" . and we got it! We were upgraded to a full front view suite of le "ocean" with an overview of the over the water bungalows.We managed to secure le "breakfast" which included le 'Sushi" as well as les "2 cocktails" at 17.50 $ chaque, and a free ride into town to ... read more
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Sunset Strip
Layered review

Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti » Papeete February 9th 2017

Christmas Island, Bora Bora and Papeete 6th & 7th February It's 5 whole sea days till were to reach Tahiti, so it was a bonus to see a bit of land in the shape of Christmas Island. A cruise by this island which is the first to celebrate the New Year and was the the island used by Britain to test the H bomb. Still poor weather as we head south to Tahiti and hoping we can get in as last year we couldn't get into the lagoon because of high winds. Bora Bora Well on the morning of the 6th we sailed to our anchorage (past 2 other cruise ships) to our first destination of Bora Bora. Said to be the inspiration of Bali Hai from Rogers & Hammersteins South Pacific, this gem, we hoped ... read more
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Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti » Papeete March 8th 2014

La orana & what a trek! Over a whole day of traveling to get to some of the most spectacular scenery I've EVER seen! It's our honeymoon and our AMAZING wedding took us on this journey to a far away land. Bali-hai had called us! Right now we are here on an island, FAR in the middle of the South Pacific, one known by the name of Tahiti! Technically, we are in Tahiti-iti (little Tahiti), which is a connecting portion of the island know as the home to the world class, world renowned, world's MOST DANGEROUS wave, Teahupoo. We are staying at The Vanira Lodge, in the town of Teahupoo, in their tallest tree house. Immersed in nature, we are surrounded by trees, flowers, and animals of all kinds. We've had birds, geckos, roosters (by the ... read more
Maara Bungalow
Teahupoo Views
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Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti » Papeete February 16th 2014

After three weeks of visiting only small pensions we decided to go to the other extreme when we got to Tahiti, the Intercontinental where we stayed is the biggest of the resorts on the island, and one of the most luxurious. We had booked the room with my last remaining reward points from my stay in Harrisburg last winter, and even though our room was free we managed to get upgraded to a room with a ocean view, nice! As the rainy season was catching up with us and the weather was all but sunny, we spent a lot of time on our balcony enjoying the view towards the neighboring island of Moorea that you could actually see through the rain every now and then. Our stay wasn’t just rain and gloom. Our first morning the ... read more
Tahiti - at the resort
Tahiti - The view from our balcony
Moorea - Johanna and the cat watching the sunset

Oceania » French Polynesia » Tahiti » Papeete January 26th 2014

January 26, 2014 Comments – Oceania Marina Cruise Ship. It would be hard to find a more enjoyable ship to cruise on. Oceania specializes in “ Mature” guests ( that’s what us old people call ourselves ) and there were almost no real young people or children on board. This is not a family cruise line. There were many young couples but mostly retired ( or close to retired ) couples from all over the world. About 1250 capacity, with 800 crew. Oceania has smaller ships, 650 capacity, with the same great food and service but no show lounge. The Marina is beautiful. Lots of space relative to other ships we have been on. There is a nice Show Lounge where various shows are available in the late evening every day. Lots of bars and lounges ... read more
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