A December 2001 trip
to Tahiti by pinkpassport
Quote: We made a short stop in Tahiti on the way home from Down Under.
There is a large outdoor food market held every night in the downtown area of Papaetee. If you're on a budget, it's a great place to have dinner for cheap.
Day trips and tours can be booked downtown at the local travel agent if they haven't been prearranged.
Wear sunscreen all the time!!! Even the cloudiest day can hold brutal UV rays. I know from experience!
Le truc is definitely the local way to go. These small trucks are very affordable and work like city buses. Everyone piles into the back of the open-air truck and drop-offs are at various unmarked locations around the island. It is cheaper, but it takes much practice to figure out which ones are going where and when the trucs will be running.
It is possible to walk to the downtown from outside areas. I've done it many times but wouldn't recommend it. The two-lane roads are busy and there are no sidewalks. It can be quite scary, actually. Either stay in an all-inclusive hotel on a beach or stay close to downtown.
Our room was on the first floor and opened up to a lush green courtyard. We had two queen-size beds and a bathroom area. It was modestly furnished.
Across the courtyard was the restaurant/nightclub. Every night was a luau party with lots of dancing. It seemed to be a popular local hangout. The staff was friendly and helpful.
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As we were about to leave, we had a chance to witness an American couple renewing their wedding vows in a traditional Tahitian ceremony. Women were dressed in long floral robes with leis in their hair and the men were in similar attire. The couple rode in (in the middle of a monsoon) on a raft to complete their ceremony on the beach. It was a romantic and significant spectacle to behold.
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Afterwards, we were taken into the sales office to buy these authentic black pearls. This excursion should be done by everyone, since it is so typical of the area, but be careful of the sales push. Who can pass up a true black pearl?
If you do buy one, keep the receipt and all the papers with you and get it appraised when you get home. I never had the chance to, and when mine was stolen, I had no clue as to its actual value.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 26, 2005
Corpus Christi, Texas