Day 12 – Alongside Papeete, Tahiti – AM Tour

Judi at our 4x4

Baby 4×4 Mazda Truck

With an overnight and full day in Papeete, we signed up for the AM 4×4 excursion to the volcano caldera and rain forest. We have completed tours around the island on previous visits, so this time we fancied a trip to the interior.

This excursion definitely did NOT disappoint, being way above our expectations.

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Day 11 – Alongside Papeete, Tahiti

Oh Tahiti E show 01

One of the highlights of visiting Papeete aboard a cruise ship is the performance by a local dance troupe, performing traditional Polynesian music and dancing. We queued for over 1/2 hr to ensure we scored seats in the Theatre, and the performance by “O Tahiti E” did not disappoint.

Enjoy the photos from the show.

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Day 11 – 14th January, Arr Papeete, Tahiti

 

06 Kayaks on the port bow

Kayaks arriving at harbour entrance at same time as Viking Sun

Today is a mixture of sea day and port day, as we dock in Papeete, at the North end of Tahiti by 18:00. The later arrival guarantees an overnight in port and that no early morning is required to watch the arrival.

Read on to learn about our first sea/port day.

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Day 93- Tahiti Cultural Show – August 22nd, 2015

As we returned from the tour, we noted the Polynesian dancers and drummers on the dock, waiting to board the vessel. Fortunately, I remembered the show and cancelled my plans for taking a walk around the downtown area in the vicinity of the ship. Having been to all the Hawaiian Islands numerous times, we always attend a Luau, so we were interested in comparing both the costumes and dancing.

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Day 93 – Tahiti Tour – August 22nd, 2015

This post will cover the voyage down the Tahiti Coast, some photographs of the area surrounding the berth and our tour. Today’s tour comprised a scenic drive around the island’s ring road, which is about 50 miles around and included a number of stops at points of interest, viewpoints and some lunch. To summarise our experience today, Tahiti is one of the many volcanic, tropical islands, which we found  is highly developed, as almost the entire road around the island has homes and/or businesses. We also noted that the majority of residences can best be described as functional living, as we didn’t drive by any mega homes and/or highly manicured lawns.

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Day 93 – Tahiti, French Polynesia – August 22nd, 2015

Tahiti – 08:00 to 19:00

Due to the weather, adverse current and I also suspect one engine not being online at times, our 07:00 arrival was delayed by an hour, but the Captain also delayed the departure by an equal amount. Today is the first of two days in French Polynesia, with Tahiti being most definitely the bigger of the two islands. Our tour today consists of a circumnavigation of the island with a number of stops at various points of interest. While eagerly awaiting the South Pacific islands, having now completed the tour, in our opinion, Tahiti is like any of the other many highly over developed tropical islands.

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