When most of us speak of Tahiti, we really mean French Polynesia. Actually Papeete is the largest city and capital of French Polynesia. It is located on the island of Tahiti.
Many of our group ate dinner off the ship in Papeete. Right next to the port, Place Vai’ete fills with roulottes, or food carts, in the evenings. It’s always a fun experience.
All over the world it is enjoyable to visit the local markets.
Our fifth, and final, French Polynesia island stop this year is Raiatea.
The migration of Polynesians throughout the Pacific began on Raiatea as it was central and the most sacred area. From here, original settlers offered blessings and then ventured north to Hawaii and west to New Zealand.
Like other similar small ports of call, in Raiatea one can ride around the island, enjoy the local village or do something on the water.
I just walked around as both the dock area and the local people were quite pleasant.