Papeete is the capital of French Polynesia and is located on the largest of the islands, Tahiti. This is where oceans of cruise ships, ferries, yachts, luxury liners and cargo ships all converge. The heart of Papeete is the waterfront and its pleasant promenade. The Municipal Market, La Marche, is the most famous of Papeete’s shopping venues with its lively produce market, fish market and flowers downstairs and the clothing and souvenirs upstairs. Tahiti is famous for black pearls.
We have been here before and loved the city. This visit, we joined friends, rented a car, and drove around the island. We started on the main part of the island, Tahiti Nui and circled around to Tahiti Iti, the smaller orb of the island. Take a look at a map to see the unusual formation of this island.
The following pictures will give you a sense of the beauty of this place:
It was unfortunate that today was a overcast and rainy day. As you’ve probably noticed, the photos are mostly a bit hazy. The sun was elusive, today. And by evening, when the Roulottes (food trucks) should have been setting up alongside the dock area a heavy storm with gusty wind and lots of rain came through. All was bleak and cancelled! But I’ve hunted up a few pictures from prior years to give you an idea of the festivity that accompanies the food trucks!
After a long night of rain and wind, we awoke to find we were still in Papeete and not anchored in the Bay at Moorea. Alas our Moorea port-of-call was called off. Too dangerous to run the reef channel with all that wind. So, we are on our way to Bora Bora instead. The next post will come from there.