Papeete Journals

Spur-of-the-Moment Tahiti

A May 2004 trip to Papeete by Mack541

Tahitian Paradise Photo, Papeete, Tahiti More Photos
Quote: Things to see and avoid in French Polynesia

Spur-of-the-Moment Tahiti

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Overview

Tahitian Paradise Photo, Papeete, Tahiti
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Stay (if possible) in an over-the-water bungalow, as the water and fish are incredible and this makes it easier than snorkeling to see the natural wonders. Be sure to do the 4x4 tours on both Tahiti and Moorea, as it is spectacular and quite diverse from the coastal areas. Take plenty of pictures/video, as you will want to remember this place as fully as possible and others will not be able to comprehend the awe you have experienced.Quick Tips: Don't expect vast expanses of white beaches in most areas, as the black volcanic sand dominates and the white sand is largely imported from other locations. Be prepared for "sticker shock" regarding food prices, and don't be afraid to venture into the ...Read More

Le Meridien

Hotel

Le Meridien Photo, Papeete, Tahiti
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Lagoon-view rooms had a view of the landscaping, and the only water visible from the room was the pool. Maybe on the upper decks there might actually be a "lagoon view." If it can be afforded, stay in the over-the-water bungalows. Room service was friendly, but one should not have to acquire ice through room service at $12 a pop (just for ice). The lobby was beautiful and the main restaurant is open-air, with a koi pond next to the table area. The OTW's were very nice, and with the shutters open, the breeze and sounds of the surprisingly loud surf was very relaxing. The pier on which the OTW's are located has a great observation area at the end that, at night, made for great stargazing, and during...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 26, 2005

Le Meridien
P.O. Box 380595
Papeete, Tahiti 97718
(800) 543-4300

Le Meridien

Restaurant

Le Meridien Photo, Papeete, Tahiti
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The main restaurant in the hotel proper had excellent (though overpriced) items on the menu. The breakfast buffet had three styles of food. I'll call them Western, Oriental, and local. Breakfast for two was $71, and I, unfortunately, learned that this was a flat rate and the quantity consumed had little bearing on the cost. Another "French" restaurant is on the same property, closer to the water, but it is as horrible as it is overpriced. A small Chinese restaurant is just outside the hotel property and a welcome discovery.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 26, 2005

Le Meridien
P.O. Box 380595
Papeete, Tahiti 97718
(800) 543 4300

About the Writer

Mack541

Mack541
Houston, Texas