TAHITI ISLAND (French Polynesia). February 27

Trip Start Feb 18, 2008
Trip End Apr 01, 2008

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Flag of French Polynesia  , Society Islands,
Wednesday, February 27, 2008

We planned the trip Round the World with two stages of relaxation in Tahiti and Bali. We just got to first,it's time to relax. What about Tahiti that has not been said? I think the best thing that defines it is a paradise. Until now the most beautiful place I know,  and not only by its lush landscape and its wonderful people, no wonder the sailors Baunty (remember the historical film "Mutiny on the Bounty") I understand that they did not wanted to leave.
Life in French Polynesia is very expensive, is the preferred route from luxury cruises and all the tourists take us for millionaires. As the stay would be several days we are looking for a family pension: Fare Suisse. Usually the owners of these pensions are Polynesians, people friendly and generous, but it was not our case, the Swiss owner was a miser, who put the only black note to our happy stay. The house was a beautiful villa, but we had to endure the false smile from the owner. The location was perfect, in the same Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, with all services nearby. Tahiti is the largest island in the archipelago and this all very carefully. The tropical vegetation flows everywhere like an explosion of color, bears some resemblance to the Caribbean but immaculate and care, it is the "Caribbean of the rich."
As time we had scheduled the visit of the island at various stages. We did not need to rent a car or use taxis (expensive) and we traveled in "Trucks" (public transport mix truck and school bus but not fixed timetable) and enjoy the authentic contact with people, that is wonderful. I could put several examples like Riri, a small pearl culture, which gave us four copies of great economic value.
We visat along the cwest coast of the island  The Lagonarium, aquarium in the lagoon, where you can see fish, rays and sharks, the Museum of Tahiti and her Islands, very interesting to know the history and Polynesian culture, the Museum of Paul Gaugin, who curiously hardly has original pictures of the author. Nearby is the Botanical Garden, but we could not visit it because that evening there was no return Trucks.
On the East Coast,  we visited the Tomb of King Pomare V, last king of the territory ceded sovereignty to the French in a republic, wat was a king in a republic? Around here do not miss you the wonderful view from the hill of Tahara'a, although we took a unpredictable rain shower and a native  selflessly offered to take us to our next destination  Le Royal Tahitian Beach    of black sand, as almost all, except  Vairao Beach  with white coral sand.
Tourists should not miss the Three Faarumai waterfalls in Vaipui river are just 5 minutes from the road that circles the island. The tropical valley that surrounds them is awesome, just waiting for the truck we made friends with Riri, who she abandoned her  duties to accompany almost all day. Nearby, beside the road you have the Trou du Souffleur (Hole Blower), a hole like a geyser which expels the water at a certain height.
Following the road will reach the peninsula of Tahiti Iti, tmany say is the most authentic
place by having less contact with tourists, but to us it made us sick the relaxation of the native and take time to visit us, even though we had 8 days, we signed the motto: Do not stressss !!

You'll find more pictures and Tahiti Guide at this link. Use the Google translator top of the page:

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