Posted April 16th, 2004, 12:18 AM
My sister and I went last year and loved the Beachcomber!! We paid $15, I think, from the airport to the Beachcomber. It is really close, and we should have bargained, but we were tired, and it was 2:30 am. From the ship to the airport, when we were leaving, we paid the same amount, and it is a longer drive. I think we paid $20 from the Beachcomber to the ship. You can bargain at the airport. It depends on car vs. van (vans cost more) and how much luggage you have. The taxis line up, but you can find single ones off to the side, and if you make a deal with one, they can get out of line. I don't know about bargaining at the hotel. They called the taxi for us-probably a friend. It was an exciting ride in a small car with the hatchback tied down with rope, and we were holding on to the suitcase handles so they wouldn't fall out. I love French Polynesia and the Polynesians. Papeete is a little loud and busy, but the rest is paradise. The pool at the Beachcomber was the best!! Have a great time!!