Tahiti Journals

A Diversion to the Tropics

A December 2001 trip to Tahiti by pinkpassport

Quote: We made a short stop in Tahiti on the way home from Down Under.

A Diversion to the Tropics

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Overview

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First of all, winter in the US is the wet season in Tahiti! Rethink any romantic vacations at this time! But despite the damp, drizzling weather, Tahiti is the most beautiful place I have ever visited. The local language is French, so be sure to brush up, but the natives are so friendly and welcoming that they will try to understand you anyway. If you stay on the main island, be sure to take a day trip at least to Moorea. It's 2 hours by ferry and well worth it! Also, black sand beaches are not exotic! They are gross!Quick Tips: We stayed on the island of Papaetee, which is the main island, the one that all international flights come into. If you're looking for a romantic getaway, I would not...Read More
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I was on a budget vacation, but this quaint hotel was perfect for us, aside from the location. It was too far out of the city, forcing us to walk or ride a truc or taxi, and on a black-sand beach, so our only opportunity to sun was at the pool. Since it was always raining, we didn't get to use the pool much, but it was beautiful. Chairs surrounded a kidney bean-shaped pool with a waterfall and bar area. 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 popul...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 26, 2005

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We took a day trip to the island of Moorea, and after a driving tour that included breathtaking scenic views, the famous Bali Hai, and a pineapple farm, we stopped for lunch. The traditional Tahitian village reminded me of an old American-Indian village, and locals were selling goods like pottery, clothing, and real tattoos! We had a traditional lunch of fishes and fruits under a tiki hut as we watched a tribal dance performance. 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...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 26, 2005

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Also on the island of Moorea, we had the opportunity to visit a farm where the famous Tahitian black pearl is harvested. We were taken out across the clear blue water in a boat to the "farm" where oysters are kept in traps until their pearls are fully developed. 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 act...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 26, 2005