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tonkar Papeete - A travel report by Tony
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Papeete,  French Polynesia - flag French Polynesia
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Living in Paradise

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Working on the island of Tahiti in French polynesia as the livestock manager of a 500 acre dairy farm supplying milkand meat to the local marketand being able to see the sites of this remote wonderland

Tahit a remote but beautiful paradise in the middle of the pacific. Where the people are friendly and the coconut trees sway in the breeze. Surfs up on the reef with the riders cruising the waves. Not far away a few yrs back a man name cook arrived at the amazing island of moorea. The Main island is small only 110 km around and you can catch the Le Truck and head on arround local style. There are the local fresh produce markets to your lavish french collection stores in down town Papeete Faa is the international airport locate 5 km from down town and easy acessable by bus or Taxi. Hotels are expensive and the food is varied.

Favourite spots:
In my time there I spent a bit of time on some of the outer Islands like Bora Bora , Raiatia. Huahine, Tahaa and Moorea My most faverite spot was high up in the centre of the island at the large fresh water lake. Also places to see are the Gaugin musems and points venus where at certain times of the yr you can see venus on both horizons.

What's really great:
I like the people and the remoteness from pollution with clean clear skies.

For the visitor, the island of Tahiti means unlimited possibilities:

Some of the most popular activities and sites for visitors include:
Shopping at Le Marché
Evenings at Vai'ete Square
Circle-Island Tour
Museum of Tahiti & Her Islands
James Norman Hall Home
The Gauguin Museum
Pearl Museum
Shopping in and around the Vaima Center
Safari Into the Island's Interior
Hiking/Nature Tours
Horseback Riding
Bougainville Park
Botanical Garden
Point Venus
Other activities and sites

Lodging on the Island of Tahiti

Tahiti offers the greatest range in lodging options of all the islands including a range of large to medium sized lagoon-side luxury resorts and simpler downtown hotels.

- InterContinental Resort Tahiti
- Le Mandarin
- Le Meridien Tahiti
- Le Royal Tahitien
- Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti
- Sheraton Hotel Tahiti
- Sofitel Maeva Beach Tahiti

Papeete evening highlight:
Enjoy a unique and informal dinner or a memorable post-dinner desert at Vai'ete Square. Here, dozens of colorful roulottes, or food wagons, host a great variety of island cuisine and desert. The boardwalk atmosphere is an informal and lively destination not to be missed.

A sampling of popular local restaurants includes:
Casablanca with a blending of French and Tahitian cooking styles; Lou Pescadou with the best of Italian pizzas and pasta; Dragon d'Or with a Chinese menu favored by locals; Auberge du Pacifique alongside the lagoon; and Captain Bligh near the Lagoonarium. Other popular choices among locals and visitors alike include Coco's, Lion d'Or, Vaitiare, Morrison's Cafe, Moana Iti, Le Cigalon, L'O a la Bouche, L'Apizzeria, La Romana, and Jack Lobster.

Dining on the Island of Tahiti

Supplied by a daily bounty of fresh fish and fruits, Tahiti is replete with dozens of fine restaurants within Papeete and along the coast in outlining villages. The resorts serve international cuisine with an ambience that often includes Polynesian music featuring the islands best local musicians while the sun sets over the lagoon waters.

Several resorts host weekly spectacular music and dance shows
Resort restaurants include:
La Plantation at Le Meridien Tahiti; Moevai and the famous Quinn's Bar at Sheraton Hotel Tahiti; Le Bougainville at Sofitel Maeva Beach; Le Royal Tahitien; and Le Lotus with a romantic lagoonside setting at the InterContinental Beachcomber Resort Tahiti.

Other recommendations:
Shopping at Le Marché
Discover the true heart of Papeete at the 153 year old public market called
Le Marché. Shop from hundreds of stands filled with Tahitian-made crafts, oils, vanilla, fruits, and flowers. Located two blocks from the waterfront across from the cruise dock, the market is the perfect place to find everything imaginable from all the islands.

Published on Sunday July 10th, 2005

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Thu, Jul 21 2005 - 11:53 PM rating by berliner-au

hy tony
good report for a newcomber like me.thank you!

Tue, Jul 12 2005 - 08:50 PM rating by britman

Some good information. If you had illustrated the report with photographs and added websites you would have secured more stars. Thank you for sharing

Mon, Jul 11 2005 - 05:48 AM rating by christianj.

Hi Tony,

welcome to globosapiens and thank you for writing this informative report!

Regards, Christian

Sun, Jul 10 2005 - 03:58 PM rating by rangutan

Very imformative with a lot of tips. Hope some pictures can be added someday.

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