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  1. Petoonya, We went with Jeremie of Raiatea Jet for a full day. One of our best days of the trip. Several snorkel stops, dolphins jumping around the jet skis, stopped on several small motus, stopped at a non-retail pearl farm to watch them harvest. We were the only clients that day, but even with groups he will customize the day for your preference. Good ratings on trip advisor.
  2. I did not do a full review, just a quick trip report on this board. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2715949-twice-the-tahiti-trip-report/ The first stop in Moorea, we did a land tour with Safari Mario, which I booked on Viator. It was a good day and a good intro to the island. (our first time in FP). The second time, we had a flight out that night so were planning to take the ferry over to Tahiti in the afternoon until the gal in customer service assured us that we would be docked in Papeeete by 9pm and could make our midnight flight. It worked out perfect. She had a taxi waiting at the pier for us and another couple. The down side was that we hadn't booked a tour so we just packed and then used the sports platform again. Hoping to go back some day. The prices for next year look enticing, but we had a trip for May that was cancelled so will be doing that trip in May, 2021. Too many places to go! Good luck on your next Wind Spirit cruise. Hope everything opens up for you.
  3. The first visit, we just used the sports platform and took a day off from tours. It sounds to me like the Mahana Dive snorkel or the day at Le Mahana might be a better fit for you than any of the motu picnics. We only had about 15 min. snorkeling on a full day tour with Huahine Nautique--Marc's combo. The first operator was Huahine Dream tours. He said that they do not take WS passengers any longer because of a problem with WS policies---not sure what that was about.
  4. We did Marc's full day motu picnic. It was a really full day. Short vanilla farm stop, marae with a museum,. fish traps, sacred eels at Fare, short pearl farm stop--not pushy, LONG motu picnic, short snorkel stop. We barely made it back for the last tender and I was nervous. Probably my least favorite tour of our entire trip. Our original tour operator cancelled, so we went with people from our roll call. The excursion from Windstar sounds like a good plan as I wasn't impressed with Marc's!
  5. https://www.airtahitinui.com/us-en/time-saving-tips-lax Found this on the ATN website. Says if you are flying AA or Alaska, you can ask for your luggage to be checked through.
  6. Deck BBQ--Raiatea Lunch BBQ at motu--Tahaa Motu Dinner show--2nd day Bora Bora The excursions will not interfere with the Deck BBQ nor the Bora Bora Dinner Show as they are late enough that all the excursions are finished. Some of the ship's excursions (like the morning drift snorkel) drop you off at the Tahaa motu for lunch. If you are on an all day excursion, possible you might miss that one.
  7. The Manava would be closer to the airport than downtown, but if you are staying at the Manava, it looks like Avis has an on-site rental office at the Manava in Punaauia.
  8. Not sure why you decided against renting a car. If you cannot find a driver, I would recommend renting a car. We rented from Avis in downtown Papeete. Easy coming and going. Took about 1/2 day to go around the island with multiple stops. Good road with good mile markers. Just have a guide book that gives you the mile markers of the sights that you want to see so that you do not miss the turnoffs. There is quite a bit of traffic in Papeete, but easy to get out and back to the rental office. Little traffic around the island. We also rented in Bora Bora and Raiatea since we were at all the islands twice. The Bora Bora office is right at the tender dock and at Raiatea, they picked us up at the dock.
  9. We were going to be in FP for 3 weeks, so Tahiti WiFi was a better deal than $10 a day with Verizon. I would not pay $350 for WiFi. Not sure how long of a trip the OP is on, but I think you are right---there is a better way than the $350 plan.
  10. Yes, booked thru AA using miles, then purchased upgrade thru ATN using their record locator code.
  11. We were in FP for three weeks. We purchased Tahiti WiFi router with 10 G. for about $120. We were able to have multiple devices logged on. We used for emails, facetime calls, maps, reading news, etc. Only used about half the data. Not sure if you need way more wifi than we did, but $350 seems a bit excessive. I would get the lesser package. You can top it up if you need more.
  12. Works great as long as you are in port. As soon as the cruise ship gets away from the island, Tahiti wi-fi does not work so cannot use it when ship is between ports. Normally not a problem because we were on Wind Spirit and in a port every day except when going to the Tuamotus. We used it a lot for emails, facetime calls, internet browsing, maps while driving on Tahiti, Rangiroa, Bora Bora and did not come close to using up our data (10G) in 20 days.
  13. We booked tickets through AA on Air Tahiti Nui and were able to select seats and upgrade to bulkhead for $80 pp. Cannot remember if I used the ATN record locator to get the seats and upgrade or if I called their Los Angeles reservations phone. I did call them once and was able to get help. You do need to have the ATN record locator if you call. Their contact info: Reservations Call CenterTel: +(877) 824-4846Mon-Fri 6am to 5.30pm / Sat-Sun 8.30am to 5pm
  14. When we were on Wind Spirit in November, we could not use the OBC given by Windstar for gratuities, but we were able to use the OBC given by our travel agent.
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