Upon arrival, Papeete seemed so calm to us when we compared it to how it is "back home"... but when we returned from Bora, I found it so noisy and polluted !! It is amazing how quick you get used to calm and quiet life :-) I really prefer Papeete by night, when some places like Place Vaiete come to life and car smells vanish with the night...
At the origin, Papeete was a small village founded by the Reverend William P. Crook in 1818 with its center located in Bougainville Park. It is said that Tahitians in ancient times used to drink the pure water from the stream that was flowing in the area. They would lower gourds and baskets into the stream to get the water. And the village was called accordingly « Papeete », meaning « water basket ».
i fell inlove with the beaches in tahiti @ that borabora....gosh...so beautiful....
LeMeriden BoraBora....lovely place to stay at...
always remember the camera
your swim suits...hats coz u dont wanna get burnt ....
the small huts on the sea are jst so beautiful...glass floor....u can see all the fishes swimming in the sea....full furnished.....so relaxing...
and the food...yum yum...gotta love it...and the shopping....always a good place to shop for pearls....Tahiti is the land of the black pearls...lovely...watch them take a pear out of an oyster..and learn the tahitian dance at the nite entertainment.....relaxing....everything is worth it....one of my favorite islands in the pacific....
Favorite thing: Our package included a buffet breakfast. We were so full that some days we didn't need lunch or else shared a meal between us. Dinner - eat out. There are quite a few restaurants that will arrange a pickup.
Favorite thing: Papeete, which means water basket in Tahitian really begins with the exploration of Christianity to these islands. Previous to the Christian explorers coming to Tahiti, 1000 Tahitians or so lived in the crater toward the center of the city, as a preference. Since the Christians settled on the shorelines of Tahiti, they forced these natives to move out of the Mountain Region and to the shore to be "closer to God".
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When I was visiting the Tomb of King Pomare V, I was walking past a bunch of bananas (they are all over the place in Tahiti, so you stop paying too much attention to them), when something caught my eye and I took a better look at them. There right by my head was a dove nesting in the actual bunch of bananas on the plant!
Needless to say my camera came out, and being careful not to disturb the bird I took a few pictures. Whilst it didn't appered to be overjoyed to see me, it didn't really appear that fussed by my presence, but then it hadn't exactly chosen a quiet place for nesting...
Fondest memory: Warm air filled with the scent of the Tiare Tahiti flower hits you the moment you get off the plane. At the gate lovely vahines (ladies) are waiting to welcome you with Tiare Tahiti flowers and a band is playing polynesian music. At this very moment you already know you are going to love this vacation!
The circle island tour around the coastal road of Tahiti is 114 km (71 miles). Away from the metropolitan area close to Papeete the paved roads are two lanes, with very few straight stretches.
The northeast coast is less developed, with numerous waterfalls and deep valleys, modest homes and beautiful flower gardens. Here you will find the golden-brown sands of the volcanic beaches.
The southwest coast is much more congested, with houses and traffic. A few white sand beaches border the shoreline and the turquoise lagoon is protected by a coral reef.
As we stopped at Teahupoo beach, we saw a lot of surfers who were training. Surfing is of course a national sport, along with rowing.
We saw some at Taharuu Papara beach as well.
You will find fresh water at the Maraa grottoes (PK 28,5) near the car park.
We saw local people filling their empty bottles with that cool refreshing water, and we did the same !
Favorite thing: On Bd pomare, you will come across this rond-point de Tahiti Nui on which stand all the flags of each French Polynesia archipelago... and of course the French flag right in the middle.
Favorite thing: We were greeted with a lei and there was a band playing polynesian music at the airport. The scent of the tropics hit you as soon as you got off the plane. I instantly fell in love with the place!!!