Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia. There is very little to do in Papeete itself. It is a major town based around the port. On docking, there will be some musicians playing by the ship, some stalls and buses, taxis and seaways waiting to take you wherever. It is expensive not just for tourists but for the people who live there. To put it in perspective, a cooked rotisserie chicken on sale from a van at the roadside is $13 to locals. Three times the price of a supermarket in the UK. A fridge magnet will cost $10 to $12.50, yes, it is ridiculously expensive. To enjoy it you will need to go to a beach, marina or a resort. Turn right at the docks and walk through the parks to stretch your legs, or contact a resort and book before you arrive; they might pick you up. A day at a resort will cost $100 each and might include lunch. We used the Manava Suite Resort which is shown in our film which is free and where some of the ship tour activities go from. Book something there and they will pick you up. The Marina is a $25 taxi ride away, the food, however, will be pricey. Expect a local beer to be $2 in a supermarket, $5 in a bar, and a cocktail to be not short of $20. So, the answer might be to take an excursion or a trip. Take a look at our film. We have done this route twice, both times we went to resorts.You need to get out to see unspoilt mountainous landscapes full of cascading waterfalls and dramatic coastal blowholes.

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We have films on neighbouring Bora Bora, and many on Hawaii, including Pearl Harbour, Kualoa Ranch, The North Shore, Honolulu, and the Polynesian Cultural Centre as well as films from Fiji.

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If you want a closer look at the Manava Suite and the rooms there, here is the longer film of the resort.

Doris Visits allows you to SEE THE CRUISE BEFORE YOU CRUISE THE SEA.

How to access these deals – use the click here and when on the page, click the brown bar ‘see all cruises’ just above the pictures of the ships. That will take you to the deals we have.

BOOKS SET IN TAHITIThe Water in Between: A Journey at Sea. Following a brief romance and a period of self pity, Kevin Patterson decided to have an adventure and sail in a boat to Tahiti from Canada. Quite a distance for someone who had never been in a boat. On Amazon

 

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