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#41
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Another tip for the day ....

The buses on Moorea run on the ferry schedule. When a ferry arrives there are 2 buses, one goes in each direction on the island and meet up at Le Petite Village, the approximate half way point. About an hour prior to the next ferry departure the buses leave Le Petite Village and meet up at the ferry terminal. Now the big tip ..... do you know how to have the bus stop and pick up up along the side of the road? Easy enough, you take a few rocks along with a palm branch and place the branch at the edge of the road, then place the rocks on top of the branch. The driver will see the marker and stop. Or you could simpply wave your arms and hope for the best but I just gave you the long running 'official' way of having the bus stop for you.

On one trip my BH and I took the bus from the ferry terminal and headed to our lodging for the trip, the IC. Sure it was a bit tough loading our bags but what a great way to meet the locals and the neat thing is you get to know secrets that are not found in the travel books. Things can change quickly in FP, having the locals give you current recommendations is great

The fare one-way is FCFP 300. The first bus leaves Vaiare (wharf) at 5 am, the last bus leaves at 4:45 pm.

For the ferry schedule:
www.aremiti.pf

www.facebook.com/TerevauTahiti


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#42
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Joined May 2009
Thank you so much for sharing your insights and amazing photos. We are planning our first trip to FP in 2019 for our 40th anniversary! We love the water and snorkel whenever we can so an OWB at the Hilton for us!
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#43
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Originally posted by H20mac3
Thank you so much for sharing your insights and amazing photos. We are planning our first trip to FP in 2019 for our 40th anniversary! We love the water and snorkel whenever we can so an OWB at the Hilton for us!
Wonderful OWB's at the Hilton, have stayed there. Snorkeling is very food right off your deck.

More tips and photos coming.
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#44
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Joined Aug 2015
Lets continue on ....

After leaving Les Tipaniers you will come to Le Petite Village. Here you will find an ATM, gas station, grocery store, a few places to eat and a few clothing stores.

A few of the better known restaurants are Le Mayflower and La Plantation. However, a hidden gem is a place called A L'Heure du Sud. This is sort of a roulotte. Fish is fresh and pretty much everything is good. Prices are very reasonable. Sit at the counter or there are a few tables on the side.



Another cheap place that knocks out pretty good food is Poulet Roti. In the evening you can grab a whole chicken cooked on a spit along with a few sides for around $20 USD.



Continuing south from the Le Petite Village area you will come to the giant Polynesian statue. You can't miss it .... Great place for a photo! Close by is Tiki Village which is a fun place to stop and learn about Polynesian culture. They do a combo ticket here for the cultural center as well as the evening dinner/show. Cultural stuff is good, the show decent but the food only average. Best to eat somewhere along the way and then just pay for the show.



Continuing on our journey you will come to a grocery store on the mountain side of the road then shortly you will come to Pizza Daniel. We've eaten here a few times and it was very good.



Yes a real brick oven!



Your on Moorea ... an island where pineapple is incredible. Do the 'Hawaiian' (ham and pineapple) ... a few beers and for around $20 USD you've had a great lunch. We split a pizza and were full ... this is my half ...



I'll continue the journey on Monday ...
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#45
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Some of these pictures were taken in trips prior to us taking a 'good' camera. Big difference between a 1 MP pictures and a 22 MP picture but there is good info to glean ....

A few pictures I missed along our journey around the north side of Moorea ...

Ma Poulette has yummy chicken. She is usually in the parking lot close to Carmelines or at the entrance to the public beach close to the Sofitel. $20 and you have dinner for two ...



Carmelines



A crepe for the Hilton ....



Taken at the Intercontinetal Resort on Moorea ... this was straight out of the Camera. You may reconize the picture ... it's part of the 2018 Paul Gauguin brochure cover



My BH Zelle getting filled up with Vanilla from the place I mention over by the IC.
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#46
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Oops, missed the Vanilla extract picture of my BH ...



As you continue on your trip around Moorea you will come to a few beautiful churches ....





Off to go snap a wedding in Santa Barbara ....

More tomorrow
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#47
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Joined Aug 2015
Found a few more from Moorea that I've never shared ...

The Paul Gauguin sitting in the bay ...
For a large view click here: https://photos.smugmug.com/South-Pac...%203%29-X4.jpg



Turtle rescue at the IC Moorea ...
For a larger view click here: https://photos.smugmug.com/South-Pac...%203%29-X4.jpg



The beach area at the IC Moorea ...
For a larger look click here: https://photos.smugmug.com/South-Pac...%203%29-X4.jpg



Some of the better snorkeling areas under the OWB's at the Manava Resort on Moorea ...

Under oom 410



Under room 418 ...



Under room 426 ...



Tomorrow and start on the island of Tahiti ...
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#48
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As I start on the island of Tahiti let me share some common words used in French Polynesia ... thanks to Donna Heiderstadt

  • Yes: E – pronounced ay, not as the English long vowel sound
  • No: Aita – pronounced eye-tah
  • Big: Nui – pronounced new-ee
  • Small: Iti – pronounced ee-tee
  • Look: A hi’o – pronounced ah-hee-oh
  • Come here: Haere mai – pronounced ha-ay-ray my
  • Let’s go: Haere tatou – pronounced ha-ay-ray tah-taw
  • What? Eaha? – pronounced ey-ah-hah
  • Why? No te aha? – pronounced noh-tay ah-hah
  • Happy: Oa'oa – pronounced oh-ah oh-ah
  • Good: Maita'i – pronounced may-tay
  • No problem: Aita pe’a pe’a – pronounced eye-tah pay-ah pay-ah
Greetings, Courtesies and Salutations
  • Hello: Ia Ora na – pronounced yo-rah-nah
  • Welcome: Maeva – pronounced mah-ay-vah. This word isn't quite the same as the basic greeting of "hello." It's typically used when you're welcoming someone into your home, room or space.
  • Goodbye: Nana – pronounced nah-nah
  • Thank you: Mauru’ uru – pronounced mah-roo-roo
  • How are you? Maita’i oe? – pronounced may-tay oh-ay
  • I am fine: Maita’i roa – pronounced may-tay ro-ah
  • Cheers! Manuia! – pronounced mah-new-yah
People
  • Man: Tane – pronounced tah-nay
  • Woman: Vahine – pronounced vah-he-nay
  • Child: Tamarii – pronounced tah-ma-ree-ee
  • Friend: Hoa – pronounced ho-ah
  • Polynesian: Ma' ohi – pronounced mah-o-hee
Times of Day
  • Morning: Poipoi – pronounced poy-poy
  • Evening: Ahiahi – pronounced ah-hee-ah-hee
Places, Locations and Businesses
  • Island: Motu – pronounced mo-too
  • Ocean: Moana – pronounced mo-ah-nah
  • House: Fare – pronounced fah-ray
  • Bank: Fare Moni – pronounced fah-ray moh-nee
  • Store: Fare Toa – pronounced fah-ray toe-ah
  • Church: Fare Pure – pronounced fah-ray poor-ray
  • Post Office: Fare Rata – pronounced fah-ray rah-tah
  • Hospital: Fare Ma'i – pronounced fah-ray may
  • Doctor: Taote – pronounced tah-oh-tay
  • Police: Muto'i – pronounced moo-toh-ee
Food and Beverages
  • Food: Ma’a – pronounced mah-ah
  • Water: Pape – pronounced pa-pay
  • Bread: Faraoa – pronounced fah-rah-o-ah
  • Beer: Pia – pronounced pee-ah
  • Earth Oven: Himaa – pronounced hee-mah-ah
Sightseeing and Things of Interest
  • Pearl: Poe – pronounced po-ay
  • Black pearl: Poerava – pronounced po-ay ra-vah

  • Cloth wrap: Pareu – pronounced pa-ray-oh
  • Flower: Tiare – pronounced tee-ah-ray
  • Drum: Pahu – pronounced pah-hu
  • Ancient temple: Marae – pronounced mah-ray
  • Song: Himene – pronounced hee-meh-nay
  • Stone statue: Tiki – pronounced tee-kee
  • Feast: Tamaaraa – pronounced ta-mah-rah
The Heavens
  • Sun: Mahana – pronounced ma-ha-nah
  • Moon: Avae – pronounced ah-vay-ay
  • Star: Fatia – pronounced fah-tee-ah
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July 26, 2017 on the Paul Gauguin

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#49
Laguna Hills and Big Bear, Ca.
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Originally posted by Tahitianbigkahuna
As I start on the island of Tahiti let me share some common words used in French Polynesia ... thanks to Donna Heiderstadt

  • Yes: E – pronounced ay, not as the English long vowel sound
  • No: Aita – pronounced eye-tah
  • Big: Nui – pronounced new-ee
  • Small: Iti – pronounced ee-tee
  • Look: A hi’o – pronounced ah-hee-oh
  • Come here: Haere mai – pronounced ha-ay-ray my
  • Let’s go: Haere tatou – pronounced ha-ay-ray tah-taw
  • What? Eaha? – pronounced ey-ah-hah
  • Why? No te aha? – pronounced noh-tay ah-hah
  • Happy: Oa'oa – pronounced oh-ah oh-ah
  • Good: Maita'i – pronounced may-tay
  • No problem: Aita pe’a pe’a – pronounced eye-tah pay-ah pay-ah
Greetings, Courtesies and Salutations
  • Hello: Ia Ora na – pronounced yo-rah-nah
  • Welcome: Maeva – pronounced mah-ay-vah. This word isn't quite the same as the basic greeting of "hello." It's typically used when you're welcoming someone into your home, room or space.
  • Goodbye: Nana – pronounced nah-nah
  • Thank you: Mauru’ uru – pronounced mah-roo-roo
  • How are you? Maita’i oe? – pronounced may-tay oh-ay
  • I am fine: Maita’i roa – pronounced may-tay ro-ah
  • Cheers! Manuia! – pronounced mah-new-yah
People
  • Man: Tane – pronounced tah-nay
  • Woman: Vahine – pronounced vah-he-nay
  • Child: Tamarii – pronounced tah-ma-ree-ee
  • Friend: Hoa – pronounced ho-ah
  • Polynesian: Ma' ohi – pronounced mah-o-hee
Times of Day
  • Morning: Poipoi – pronounced poy-poy
  • Evening: Ahiahi – pronounced ah-hee-ah-hee
Places, Locations and Businesses
  • Island: Motu – pronounced mo-too
  • Ocean: Moana – pronounced mo-ah-nah
  • House: Fare – pronounced fah-ray
  • Bank: Fare Moni – pronounced fah-ray moh-nee
  • Store: Fare Toa – pronounced fah-ray toe-ah
  • Church: Fare Pure – pronounced fah-ray poor-ray
  • Post Office: Fare Rata – pronounced fah-ray rah-tah
  • Hospital: Fare Ma'i – pronounced fah-ray may
  • Doctor: Taote – pronounced tah-oh-tay
  • Police: Muto'i – pronounced moo-toh-ee
Food and Beverages
  • Food: Ma’a – pronounced mah-ah
  • Water: Pape – pronounced pa-pay
  • Bread: Faraoa – pronounced fah-rah-o-ah
  • Beer: Pia – pronounced pee-ah
  • Earth Oven: Himaa – pronounced hee-mah-ah
Sightseeing and Things of Interest
  • Pearl: Poe – pronounced po-ay
  • Black pearl: Poerava – pronounced po-ay ra-vah

  • Cloth wrap: Pareu – pronounced pa-ray-oh
  • Flower: Tiare – pronounced tee-ah-ray
  • Drum: Pahu – pronounced pah-hu
  • Ancient temple: Marae – pronounced mah-ray
  • Song: Himene – pronounced hee-meh-nay
  • Stone statue: Tiki – pronounced tee-kee
  • Feast: Tamaaraa – pronounced ta-mah-rah
The Heavens
  • Sun: Mahana – pronounced ma-ha-nah
  • Moon: Avae – pronounced ah-vay-ay
  • Star: Fatia – pronounced fah-tee-ah
This is great! I was just wondering what I can focus on over the next seven months now that I have all my excursions figured out.

Mauru’ uru,

Doug
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#50
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Joined Aug 2015
I just came across 100's more photos we took in 2007, 2009, 2011 & 2012 .... most on the island of Moorea ...... so I'll be adding more pictures of Moorea ....

Here is one taken in 2012 from the Blue Pineapple cafe located at the Club Bali Hai, one of our favorite places to relax and take in the beauty of Cook's Bay. On the lower right is Saint Joseph's Catholic Church. On the left is Mount Bali Hai with the top shrouded in clouds.



Pancakes American style with Log Cabin syrup. $5 bucks USD



Polynesian donuts $3 bucks USD .... they are huge



My BH likes to play with her food ...



The Blue Pineapple ...



The famed Bali Hai Boys ... the inventors of the Over Water Bunglow ...



FYI .... that is a picture of the original Bali Hai which is where the Manava Resort now sits, prior to the Manava it was the Pearl Beach Resort.
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#51
Brisbane
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Joined Jul 2012
It will be a few more years until we will be able to do FP as the kids are too young now. But I subscribed to the thread anyway. At least that way I know what I am missing out on (for now).
#52
1,151 Posts
Joined Aug 2015
Originally posted by cathaana
It will be a few more years until we will be able to do FP as the kids are too young now. But I subscribed to the thread anyway. At least that way I know what I am missing out on (for now).
You will be more prepared when you take your trip to paradise ... glad to help
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#53
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Joined Aug 2015
So back to Moorea ....

I have a bunch of pictures from the Moorea Hilton when we stayed there several years ago. Sorry for the low resolution photos as we only had a very old 1.2MP camera but you will get an idea of what this resort looks like. Here are the first 6 photos ...

Entrance ...



The walkway from the reception to the restaurant ...



More of the walk way ...



More .... overlooking the pool area ...



The pretty beach with shade and loungers



Another view of the beach area from the walkway to the OWB's ...



The Hilton Moorea is our favorite Moorea resort primarily because of the wonderful snorkeling around the OWB's ...

More pictures of the Moorea Hilton to come ...
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Upcoming Trips to the South Pacific:
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#54
Tennessee
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Joined Aug 2017
Do you know the word for "Bathroom"? Thanks!!!

Originally posted by Tahitianbigkahuna
As I start on the island of Tahiti let me share some common words used in French Polynesia ... thanks to Donna Heiderstadt

  • Yes: E – pronounced ay, not as the English long vowel sound
  • No: Aita – pronounced eye-tah
  • Big: Nui – pronounced new-ee
  • Small: Iti – pronounced ee-tee
  • Look: A hi’o – pronounced ah-hee-oh
  • Come here: Haere mai – pronounced ha-ay-ray my
  • Let’s go: Haere tatou – pronounced ha-ay-ray tah-taw
  • What? Eaha? – pronounced ey-ah-hah
  • Why? No te aha? – pronounced noh-tay ah-hah
  • Happy: Oa'oa – pronounced oh-ah oh-ah
  • Good: Maita'i – pronounced may-tay
  • No problem: Aita pe’a pe’a – pronounced eye-tah pay-ah pay-ah
Greetings, Courtesies and Salutations
  • Hello: Ia Ora na – pronounced yo-rah-nah
  • Welcome: Maeva – pronounced mah-ay-vah. This word isn't quite the same as the basic greeting of "hello." It's typically used when you're welcoming someone into your home, room or space.
  • Goodbye: Nana – pronounced nah-nah
  • Thank you: Mauru’ uru – pronounced mah-roo-roo
  • How are you? Maita’i oe? – pronounced may-tay oh-ay
  • I am fine: Maita’i roa – pronounced may-tay ro-ah
  • Cheers! Manuia! – pronounced mah-new-yah
People
  • Man: Tane – pronounced tah-nay
  • Woman: Vahine – pronounced vah-he-nay
  • Child: Tamarii – pronounced tah-ma-ree-ee
  • Friend: Hoa – pronounced ho-ah
  • Polynesian: Ma' ohi – pronounced mah-o-hee
Times of Day
  • Morning: Poipoi – pronounced poy-poy
  • Evening: Ahiahi – pronounced ah-hee-ah-hee
Places, Locations and Businesses
  • Island: Motu – pronounced mo-too
  • Ocean: Moana – pronounced mo-ah-nah
  • House: Fare – pronounced fah-ray
  • Bank: Fare Moni – pronounced fah-ray moh-nee
  • Store: Fare Toa – pronounced fah-ray toe-ah
  • Church: Fare Pure – pronounced fah-ray poor-ray
  • Post Office: Fare Rata – pronounced fah-ray rah-tah
  • Hospital: Fare Ma'i – pronounced fah-ray may
  • Doctor: Taote – pronounced tah-oh-tay
  • Police: Muto'i – pronounced moo-toh-ee
Food and Beverages
  • Food: Ma’a – pronounced mah-ah
  • Water: Pape – pronounced pa-pay
  • Bread: Faraoa – pronounced fah-rah-o-ah
  • Beer: Pia – pronounced pee-ah
  • Earth Oven: Himaa – pronounced hee-mah-ah
Sightseeing and Things of Interest
  • Pearl: Poe – pronounced po-ay
  • Black pearl: Poerava – pronounced po-ay ra-vah

  • Cloth wrap: Pareu – pronounced pa-ray-oh
  • Flower: Tiare – pronounced tee-ah-ray
  • Drum: Pahu – pronounced pah-hu
  • Ancient temple: Marae – pronounced mah-ray
  • Song: Himene – pronounced hee-meh-nay
  • Stone statue: Tiki – pronounced tee-kee
  • Feast: Tamaaraa – pronounced ta-mah-rah
The Heavens
  • Sun: Mahana – pronounced ma-ha-nah
  • Moon: Avae – pronounced ah-vay-ay
  • Star: Fatia – pronounced fah-tee-ah
#55
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Reading you posts, Tahitianbigkahuna makes me very Oa'oa

Thank-you for taking the time on this fabulous thread. Wonderful pictures, you have a good eye but all the sunshine for nice sharp photos and the gorgeous scenery doesn't hurt either. I can understand why you have made so many trips there. Also I very much appreciate the the details, tips and tales; we get to travel along with you. Great information for when we are able to finally make a trip ourselves
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#56
Oregon
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Joined Sep 2017
What a great review(s). I will be a first-timer on PG for either the August or October, 2018 14-dqy trips, I am certain this will get all straightened out but, because I am "Mr. Planner," I'd like info on a couple of scheduling items.
#1. I get on a plane in Medford, OR and fly to LAX. By that time I am sure PG will have given me my departure-time from LAX to Papeete, right? Is it likely I'll be dropped in Tahiti / Faa'a (Papeete) at such an hour as to make it reasonable to transfer to the ship? Or ..... something different?
#2. Same for my return. Is it likely the PG people will place me on a flight relatively close in time to the docking? Or.....what?

Many thanks,
Hubert




Originally posted by Tahitianbigkahuna
My review will include my knowledge of 18 trips to French Polynesia and/or the Cook Islands which includes 7 cruises, 5 being on the Paul Gauguin. Some will be inclusive of many trips and some will focus on our latest trip that being the Reunion Cruise of July 26, 2017.

For you that drive into the LA basin to fly to Tahiti we’ve done this many different ways. The most affordable for us as we drive 230 miles is to park at the Fly Away next to the Van Nuys airport off Roscoe. It’s only$4 bucks per day and the R/T for the bus to LAX is around $18 bucks. So for about $90 the two of us can go for 12 days and this includes the parking and bus round trip. Fly Away drops us off right in front of the terminal. There are several Fly Away parking areas around the LA basin. If you live in the LA area you have other options such as shuttles but the price tag could be higher unless you live very close to LAX.

First let me give some detail about the air carriers. Overthe years we’ve taken 5 different carriers but I’ll focus on Air Tahiti Nui andAir France as they are the big two.

Air Tahiti Nui – Located in the Tom Bradley InternationalTerminal at LAX. If you drive, shuttle or take a bus you will be dropped off right in front of the terminal. If you’re flying into LAX and then going over to the international terminal you will proceed differently depending on the terminal you arrive at. If you arrive at terminal 1-3 you will need to go outside the terminal and take the LAX terminal bus to the international terminal. If you arrive at terminals 4 – 8 you can access the tunnel/skyway system which will allow you to stay in the secured area. This is only valuable if you’ve checked your bags straight through to Tahiti and you’ve already got your ATN boarding pass. Do an internet search for LAX / tunnel / international terminal.

ATN typically opens 4 hours prior to departure. If you get there 3 ½ hours prior to departure there will be a long line They will weigh your bags and if over by a few pounds typically no big deal but this isn’t the case on the return so be warned. If you’re going economy we prefer the side seats as the AirBus 340’s have a configuration of 2-4-2. This will change when they get their new Boeing 787’s. Most take the red-eye which is what we prefer.You will get a light meal about 45 minutes after takeoff and breakfast about 90 minutes before landing. Nothing fancy but it is edible. Soft drinks, juice,beer, wine and water are included … as much as you want. ATN has 5 planes, four have been re-furbished, and one has not. You have no way of telling which plane you will end up with, it’s a roll of the dice. We’ve been cold on the flights and hot on the flights and a few times just right, again it is a roll of the dice. Flight attendants are French Polynesian and are very nice, they change into local garb after the takeoff which adds to the charm, your heading to paradise. Downside for some is the late night return flight leaving FAAA international around midnight. Some head for the airport once the Paul Gauguin arrives back on Tahiti, usually around 7:30 pm. This makes it possible to get off board and catch the late flight.

Air France – Located in terminal 2. Air France opens 4 hours prior to departure. Currently using Boeing 777’s and on our last flight December 2015 was a 2-3-2 configuration. The 777 is a quiet plane and most are newer than the 340’s that ATN fly’s. Flight attendants are French and charming. Same as ATN in the meal department, a petite meal after takeoff followed by breakfast 90 minutes before landing. Same free drinks. IMO the food was superior on Air France. A red eye flight with an early am landing. Down side can be the return as it is early morning, about an 8:00 am flight. This means getting up at 4:00 am on the Paul Gauguin unless you’re spending a few extradays. Typically, not always, AF is a tad less money if you’re booking your ownairfare.

If you’re having Paul Gauguin book your flight as a package you may not be able to pick the carrier unless you pay for a deviation. If you’re on your first Paul Gauguin cruise I recommend purchasing all-inclusive, it takes the guess work out of it and PG is a well-oiled machine. As we’ve taken so many trips to French Polynesia we typically book some things on our own. I’ll talk about that later. Bottom line: we prefer Air France but that may change once ATN has their new aircraft … some coming as early as late summer 2018.

Arriving at Faaa international airport – No matter what airline you arrive on you will be taken through customs which can take 30 – 60 minutes depending on where you were sitting in the aircraft. As you arrive at customs there will be a small Tahitian greeting party play music and a dancer or two, always sets the tone for your visit to paradise … I love the ambience, gets me all excited. As you get through customs you will grab your bags and proceed through the agriculture check but I must say in my 18 trips we’ve never been stopped and checked. Once out the door you will be in the open terminal where you will either grab a taxi, have ground transportation arranged or you will rent a car. A Paul Gauguin representative will be there to great all and check your name off the list. They will assist you in getting to the right person for pre-arranged transportation or point you to the taxi area. If you’re renting a car go to your right and proceed about 100 feet where you will find the desk for all the major car rental places. Past the car rental desk is the bank ATM.

The next part will include pre-cruise suggestions and how to get the most out of your time spent on Tahiti prior to boarding. Then suggestions after you board but prior to the ship departing. I’ll add this over the next few days.
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Originally posted by Pops150
What a great review(s). I will be a first-timer on PG for either the August or October, 2018 14-dqy trips, I am certain this will get all straightened out but, because I am "Mr. Planner," I'd like info on a couple of scheduling items.
#1. I get on a plane in Medford, OR and fly to LAX. By that time I am sure PG will have given me my departure-time from LAX to Papeete, right? Is it likely I'll be dropped in Tahiti / Faa'a (Papeete) at such an hour as to make it reasonable to transfer to the ship? Or ..... something different?
#2. Same for my return. Is it likely the PG people will place me on a flight relatively close in time to the docking? Or.....what?

Many thanks,
Hubert
Most fly on ATN with most arriving early morning after a red eye .... You then have most of the day to catch your breath before boarding. Most do the combo with a day room and transfers, this allows you to relax, take a nap, grab breakfast and then board at 3 pm. Some come in on the evening flight and go directly to the ship. You board and the ship immediately departs.

I recommend taking a few days to get on FP time before your cruise departs. You can book this when you book your cruise or ask for a deviation. Yes you will pay a bit but then you can pick and choose your stay prior to boarding ....

If this is your first trip to FP and on the PG I would book it all at one time either through PG or a travel agency who books the PG on a regular basis. Having an agent who knows the ropes is a must
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Upcoming Trips to the South Pacific:
July 26, 2017 on the Paul Gauguin

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Originally posted by YoHoHo
Reading you posts, Tahitianbigkahuna makes me very Oa'oa

Thank-you for taking the time on this fabulous thread. Wonderful pictures, you have a good eye but all the sunshine for nice sharp photos and the gorgeous scenery doesn't hurt either. I can understand why you have made so many trips there. Also I very much appreciate the the details, tips and tales; we get to travel along with you. Great information for when we are able to finally make a trip ourselves
Thank you for the kind words .... much more to come over the next several months
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Here are some pictures of the OWB we stayed in at the Moorea Hilton. We were in bungalow #72 ...

Comfy bed ...



See thru between the bedroom and the bathroom but you can close off ...



There is a small sitting area next to the bed with a glass floor under the coffee table ...



Looking from the bathroom through the see thru with the deck in the background ...



Another picture taken from the bathroom looking toward the sitting area ...



And another picture taken from the bathroom looking theough the opening to the bed ...



More to come ...
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Oops ... forgot one of the bathtub

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1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 (2), 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

Upcoming Trips to the South Pacific:
July 26, 2017 on the Paul Gauguin

Likes: Traveling to the South Pacific on the Paul Gauguin and taking beautiful pictures.