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roundtheworld04's Port Reviews of Huahine, Rarotonga, Bora Bora, Moorea, Tahiti (Papeete)
Paul Gauguin cruise in June 2012
Member Name: roundtheworld04
Cruise Date: June 2012
Embarkation: other
Destination: South Pacific
Member Review: roundtheworld04's Paul Gauguin Review
Huahine
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Booked a safari type trip; we rode in the back of a pick up style truck with 6 others. Joe was our guide and was very informative. We stopped at a vanilla farm, pearl farm (we got on a small boat) which was really great to see exactly HOW the pearl is started and how it grows (take your credit card)

went to many sights to view parts of the island and to see the blue eyed eels.

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Rarotonga
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We reserved ahead by internet a car with Avis. Drove the entire island and had lunch at a little cafe. Shopping is pretty abundant here, so take your credit card. A few of the shops have exquisite hats, but be prepared to carry or wear it home as it won't pack in your bag.

The dock is a good walk from the town, wear walking shoes.

You MUST get a New Zealand drivers license here, so take your home drivers license/ID with you. It was $20 US dollars and is good for Atutacki as well.

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Bora Bora
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Be sure to be on deck as the ship comes to the island, great photo opportunities here!

We were on a day trip that took us snorkeling, feeding the sting rays (be sure to bring reef shoes) , and a Motu champagne buffett/lunch. It was an amazing island and an amazing day.

We ate dinner at Bloody Marys which was very delicious. The ship arranges for them to pick you up on the dock and bring you back.

The second day we rented bikes and rode the entire 20 miles around the island. Rented the bikes at the Avis booth. The bikes were good and sturdy with great big seats (we reserved them a day ahead) Great photos to be taken along the way. We rode the opposite way from Bloody Marys so we got to stop there for a cocktail on the way back to port.

Bora Bora is the best place to look to purchase your Tahitian Pearl!!

Above all this was our favorite island and had the best time.

Our only regret is that this was the only island with a straw market of crafts and it was closed by 4 when we returned with our bikes, so we missed it both days.

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Moorea
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
This is a beautiful island with the Mountain Bali Hai (of the famous movie)

Go up to Belevdere to the look out point to see both ports for sure. We negotiated with a van driver to take us for the day up there and to the Hilton for cocktails. Not much shopping on this island except pearls. We looked to rent a Dune Buggy, but they were closed.

On our second day we did the Helmet Dive, which is at the Intercontinental Hotel, which is great if you have never been down and walked on the ocean floor. Very fun! Take your credit card to be able to purchase the video of the dive!

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Tahiti (Papeete)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We stayed on the first part of the trip at the Intercontinental Hotel. The views here will take your breath away. The breakfast buffett was pretty much the usual fare for a buffett. Our room was adequate for the day but would rent the bungalow if we stayed more than one day.

On the end of the trip we were taken to the Raddisson. Pretty old and worn with a black sand beach. Their pool area was pretty nice. Our electric converter would not work in the room, so using a US electric hair dryer and curling iron was a no go. We had a 2 story room and the upstairs A/C did not work. It was adequate for a day stay, but I would not want to go back there.

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