Four ports visited in the Tahiti area. 1 Papeete. Unfortunately all shops were closed as we had to dock on a Sunday. If a port of call is to be Papeete, ensure you are not there on a Sunday. Grubby and down at heel, rather like a large version of Noumea, New Caledonia.
2 Moorea. Stunning volcanic peaks, lush rainforest. Locals rent out bus trips to the beach (in front of The Intercontinental) for $5.00 each way. Limited shops, many carrying the same lines - shell necklaces etc, black pearls, t-shirts galore. Rubbish quite visible along the streets and in the canals, lots of dogs hanging about.
3 Bora Bora. Not as stunning as Moorea. Again, you can take a bus/car ride with a local for usually $5.00 each way to the beach (at The Intercontinental again!)Rubbish in streets again, more mangy dogs hanging around.
4 Raiatea. Delightful. no rubbish in the streets or small canals, saw no dogs! Pick of the four ports.