Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Tahiti, French Polynesia.

When we woke up this morning we were already docked at the cruise terminal at the town of Papeete on the island of Tahiti. As we had our breakfast on the aft deck 12 outdoor terrace, it was again a beautiful day and the temperature was already 30 degrees. After breakfast overlooking the now extinct volcanic landscape above the town, we decided to go ashore earlier rather than later, and get back to the coolness of the ship around lunchtime. The people of Tahiti made us very welcome, with displays of local culture all along the quayside, and as can be seen in one of the images, they also offered us the chance to join in!
Tahiti is the largest of the 130 islands of French Polynesia, which, as a whole, occupy an area the size of Kent, but are set in a sea which is 1000 times larger. We are currently 4,100 miles from Los Angeles, 3,800 miles from Sydney, and 5,900 miles from Tokyo. Tahiti comprises two, almost circular islands, Tahiti Nui, on which Papeete is situated, and the smaller, Tahiti Iti, joined by a narrow isthmus. Fringed by coral reefs and lagoons, the island reaches a maximum height of 7,352 feet, and has been home to many famous people, such as Captains Cook and Bligh, Gaugin, Somerset Maughan and Rupert Brooke.
We sail for Honolulu this afternoon at 4.00pm, all aboard by 3.30pm. Last night there was an outdoor tropical "pirates" party on Riviera deck, which went on into the night, but again, we chose to spend our evening on aft deck 9, after the show, which was a very respectable Freddy Mercury tribute act by the name of Steve Larkin. A group of friends joined us, and our own bottles of duty free Gordons gin and Schweppes tonic. Magic!

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