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sansterre's Port Reviews of Honolulu, Hilo, Maui, Fanning Island, Raiatea, Moorea
Westerdam cruise in October 2011
Member Name: sansterre
Cruise Date: October 2011
Embarkation: San Diego
Destination: South Pacific
Member Review: sansterre's Westerdam Review
Honolulu
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
There were two ships in port and trolley was much too busy to be effective. I think it would be fine if your ship is the only one in port. I give the Shore Excursion and/or Trolley credit for refunding our money.

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Hilo
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
I really like Hilo. This was our second visit. The first time we took Ricky's Island Tour.

This time we explored downtown Hilo. The bus into town is free, the Farmer's Market is great, fresh flowers are abundant, and the Tsunami museum is interesting.

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Maui
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Beautiful island, nice people. Richard gives a nice tour. Would like to have had more time to check out Turtle Cove snorkeling, the beach areas.

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Fanning Island
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
What a beautiful place! and what beautiful, happy people! and great crafts at really reasonable prices! Make sure to see the seaweed factory, as well as visit the school and church. There is a great need for school and medical supplies and they appreciate everything. It is best to walk to the school, but you can also see a lot on the "Truck Tour" for $10.

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Raiatea
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
The marae is definitely interesting to visit. We had 30 minutes there, could have used more. But it takes at least 30 minutes to get there. We took the "school bus tour" - an open sided vehicle which we booked dockside.

The downtown area has a nice square where there is an excellent dance show upon ship's arrival. There are also some very nice boutiques. This is the place to buy black pearls. Also a good place to purchase leis, floral crowns, and flower arrangements.

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Moorea
Port Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Moorea has done well in keeping their shoreline natural and accessible for all. They have limits on building heights, and limitations on development not found on most other islands. The views from Mount Belevedere were awesome. There is also a large marae on Moorea.

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Bora Bora
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
The lagoon and many motus get a 5++++

There are shades of aqua I haven't seen before - not even in the Caribbean.

We took Patrick's tour around the lagoon, stopping for swimming, snorkeling, and picnicking.

The island itself is less spectacular, but still quite enjoyable.

Lot's of great painted fabrics to buy on Bora Bora!

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Tahiti (Papeete)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We took a 5 hour bus tour here. This is a large island and there is lots to see here....lovely waterfalls, a blowhole, black sand beaches, Cook's lighthouse, Gaughin museum. We missed seeing the Grotto and didn't get to the "market".....those are must sees, next time.

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