Since I’m still on Tahiti time, my sleep schedule is off by a lot. Perfect time to catch up the blog.
The Paul Gauguin– I’m spoiled for life because of the awesomeness of this cruise line. The service was impeccable, the stateroom’s bathroom gigantic, scuba diving center on board, food was way above average (especially for cruise food), and the drinks were free- have I mentioned that before, I’m not sure 🙂
Highly recommended and worth the money. They don’t nickel and dime you by making you tip, charging for transfers, or paying extra for specialty restaurants.
And they have environmental lectures for science nerds like me! These were the best.
I went to one on sea turtles, dolphins and whales, and plants of Tahiti. Mom also made me go to a historical one on Mutiny on the Bounty and what really happened, which wasn’t as cool.
The Radisson in Papeete is where we stayed 3 days before and 1 day after the cruise. I would totally recommend it because it’s semi-cheap (for Tahiti), everyone was super friendly, nice pool, and free shuttles into the city for sightseeing. 3 days was probably 1 too many, 2 is just the right amount of time for Papeete before moving onto other islands or a cruise.
The lobby has free WIFI
Black sand beach:
Hinano beer at the restaurant- my favorite. The food was pretty good too. Food in Tahiti is really expensive so share everything and eat big when you get on the boat!
Tahiti was a blast, highly recommended you catch a flight on Air Tahiti Nui and see for yourself.
I hope to make it back to the South Pacific and Tahiti again one day, hopefully not in the too distant future. There are so many more islands to see and beaches to sunbathe on!