Tahiti (Papeete) Island Tour Excursion Reviews
Tahiti is the biggest and main island of French Polynesia, it is French so THAT was depressing. The port is in a small city with traffic and a blend of nice people and ... French - they have attitudes. Prices were notably high for the tourists, roads were busy (traffic) even well outside the city, and the city is depressing. Island scenery is as beautiful as you'd expect, many roads not maintained, locals appear to be trashing the place - poor and associated issues. It is NOT the tropical paradise you expect ... go to Bora Bora for that. It is where past explorers landed including the Bounty, which is why it is famous. Beautiful people and hospitality of the past is ... history. People work and tourists are to be exploited. Still, it IS a famous place to say you've been to ... but visit Bora Bora, THAT is what you are looking for.
The last day we had a limited tour prior to our flight back to the states. We made several stops (scenic waterfalls; home of author of Mutiny on the Bounty; etc.) An extra freebee from Paul Gauguin
We rent car an see a lots of things all around on this Island . Before we went on the tourist desk peoples gave us all interest points to go an they where very helpful.
A much more "financial district" feel to the island. There is a lot of graffiti as you travel around the town.