Tahiti Journals

Gauguin must have worn rose coloured specs

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An October 2010 trip to Tahiti by catsholiday

Quote: We spent a few days in Tahiti as part of our holiday exploring the islands of the Pacific.

The darker side of paradise

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TahitiTahiti is the largest of the French Polynesian islands and is a volcanic island with black sand not the lovely white sand you imagine on a South sea island. The island is 45 km across at its widest point and covers an area of 1,045 km2, so it is not huge. We were staying on Tahiti Nui (big Tahiti) which is the bigger part of the island which has a thin bit about half way down the island. The smaller southern part is called Tahiti Iti or small Tahiti.When we booked our trip to the South Sea islands we were both very keen to see Tahiti as this was the island the epitomised the South Seas through Gauguin’s beautiful paintings. His paintings were full of bright colours...Read More

Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti

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Hotel | "Wow! this hotel is expensive!"

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This is the second part of my Radisson Plaza Review from TahitiNOT SO GOOD:Tahiti is VERY expensive, quite shockingly so. Our breakfasts were not included and this was the only hotel where they were not included in all our island stays. The buffet breakfast cost about £18 a head which we felt was quite steep. The breakfasts were quite good, plenty of fresh fruit, yogurts and fruit salad, fruit juices (no Bucks fizz here!). There were cold meats, cheese and salad stuff, including black olives and gherkins which we made good use of and made a sandwich for our lunch too. The hot stuff included an egg station, scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, grilled tomatoes and French toast. Some d...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 24, 2010

Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti
Lafayette Beach - Pk7
Arue, Tahiti 14170
488833

Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti

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Hotel | "A suite with an ocean view in Tahiti"

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How exotic does that title sound?Radisson Plaza Resort TahitiARRIVING:We arrived in Pape ‘ete from Brisbane via Auckland at 1am local time the same day as we had left Brisbane about 14 hours earlier at 11.15am! We had two Oct 21st which was very strange as we crossed the International Date Line. It was however a very long day so we pleased to arrive at the hotel.The pickup from Fa’aa airport went smoothly and we were greeted with a lovely scented flower lei and a group of local singers serenading us as we went through passport control and collected our bags. The lei incidentally still smelt lovely in our room on the day we left five days later so the Ta...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 22, 2010

Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti
Lafayette Beach - Pk7
Arue, Tahiti 14170
488833

Paul Gauguin Museum Tahiti

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Attraction | "A poor tribute to Gauguin"

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Musee Gauguin, TahitiThis was the most interesting ‘highlight on our half day tour around the island of Tahiti Nui and this was something I really wanted to see when visiting Tahiti as to me Gauguin paintings ARE Tahiti. His paintings are bright, naive and were my idea of a South Pacific island. Prior to going on our trip I caught a TV programme that was all about Gauguin and more specifically about his time in Tahiti so I had great hopes for this museum. I imagined something a bit like the Robert Louis Stevenson museum in Samoa but how wrong can you be?Once again, the entrance to this was not included in the price of our half day round the island trip which cost us 4500 Polyne...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 21, 2010

Paul Gauguin Museum Tahiti
PK 51, 2 Papeari, Tahiti, across from the Botanical Gardens
Tahiti, Society Islands
(689) 57.10.58

Lagoonarium Tahiti

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Attraction | "Not exactly the Sea Life Centre!"

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The LagoonariumListed as one of the places to visit and a highlight on our half day tour round the island (which cost 4500 Polynesian French Francs (CFP) or about £40 each) this rather tired and crumby looking place offered a chance to ‘experience under the sea without getting wet’! now if this hadn’t been a stop on our tour there is no way we would have bothered with this as ‘Sealife Centre’ it is not, but having been brought here as part of our half day tour we felt obliged to once again put our hands in our wallet and pay the extra 300 CFP or approx £3 each to go in as it would have looked rather churlish not too.The entrance to this site is through a restaurant called ‘capt...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 21, 2010

Lagoonarium Tahiti
7 miles west of Papeete City
Punaauia, Tahiti