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Trip Start Jan 13, 2010
14Trip End Feb 10, 2010
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REgent Seven Seas Voyager
Let's start with Papeete, which is the capital of Tahiti. Tahiti is the largest of the 115 islands and atolls that comprise French Polynesia. Actually, Tahiti is made up of 2 islands - Tahiti-Nui ("Big Tahiti") and Tahiti-Iti ("Little Tahiti). As an aside...it is so much fun to say "Tahiti-Iti" in a french polynesian accent...try it!
Papeete means "water well," and probably refers to the traditional method of gathering water from the spring near the capital. (By the way, in case you are thinking how incredibly bright and well-studied I am ...please note that I am simply plagiarizing from the daily newsletters we get on board each day!). Papeete is a busy city and was not my favorite place. I suppose every place needs a center of commerce, but it certainly detracts from the beauty of the island to have lots of traffic and billboards. It would not be a place I would return to vacation, but it was a lovely island, nonetheless.
In the morning, when we arrived in Papeete, we went shopping and I bought some highly overpriced summer clothing to wear on board. I even bought a dress and a skirt...which, those who know me can attest, is highly unusual for me. In the afternoon, we boarded a boat for a snorkeling adventure. I enjoyed the snorkeling, but did not think it was as good as the snorkeling I have done in the Caribbean.
That night, we had an amazing French Polynesian feast on the pool deck. The staff and crew did a phenonemal job and put together a beautiful party. The food was amazing. There was fresh tuna, caught that day, lots of sushi, lobster, shrimp, BBQ etc. One of the chefs did amazing ice carvings and fruit carvings. It was such fun. All in all a great day. Stay tuned for Moorea and Bora Bora!