Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
90Trip End Aug 14, 2009
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Our next stop after Easter Island was Tahiti, we thought we deserved 10 days holiday on the beach after 7 months hard labour.
When we arrived, we took a 10 minutes taxi ride from the airport to our hotel where we got our first surprise, he wanted £30 for that short journey !
We discovered that prices on the island were about 4 times higher than anywhere else. The price of food at the hotel was a joke, £19 for a continental breakfast, £51 for a main course & their special gourmet meal was £86 per person - we didn't eat much at the hotel.
Luckily there was a supermarket right outside the hotel, so we had most of our meals, out of paper bags, on the balcony overlooking the ocean - very romantic.
Our room was right above a pool stocked with Koi Carp who would go berserk over bits of bread & crisps - I had hours of fun tormenting the fish.
The pool was unusual in that it was lined with sand & had a sandy "beach" round its edge. The staff would bring drinks to your sun lounger but we didn't avail ourselves of that service as we didn't want to re-mortgage our house just yet.
We did have one meal in the restaurant when they had a "Traditional Tahiti Gala Evening" with grass skirted dancers & girls dancers as well.
Pape'ete still has a strong French influence, apart from speaking French. The supermarkets sell French cheeses & stock rediculously priced French wine, New Zealand wine is not stocked even though it's the nearest wine producing country. Some of the expensive bottles of French wine didn't sell too well, they had thick layers of dust on them (serves them right).
I found some delicious Argentinean wine in cardboard litre packs at a fraction of the cost.