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Papeete, Tahiti- out and about

Just to be clear, Tahiti is used interchangeably to mean either the island of Tahiti, which the city of Papeete is on, or, in many cases, the entire destination chain of 118 islands and atolls that make up French Polynesia. This posting concerns the island of Tahiti and the city of Papeete, the capital. Now that it is all cleared up...

The port area at Papeeti is very urban and very busy: lots of traffic of the ferryboats, vehicles, and foot varieties.  It was also a typical hot, humid tropical day, so a quick urban walk...

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The urban setting cannot hide the grandeur of the extinct volcano mountains in the background

 

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An outdoor craft brewery

 

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a famous hotel

 

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Tahitian beer. The most popular beer in French Polynesia
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Papeeti is not immune to the after-effects of COVID and the cessation of tourism for an extended period.


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So much for the morning. The afternoon was a bus trip to the Western side of the island...

First stop: Society Islands Marae, "a space reserved for ceremonial  social, and religious activities of ancient Polynesians."

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Tti mouldings (anthropomorphic sculptures)

 

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Why does she look so unhappy? Is it because he is in front?


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A big fallen breadfruit tree leaf

 

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A small marae with one upright stone

 

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Several images of the paved terrace, steps, and Marae Arahurahu. The stones are dry-stone constructions. No mortar was used.  


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Tourists and guides cannot set foot on the Marae or terraces

 

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A tourist photographing a wannabe Tahitian deity


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A burbling creek next to the Marae


Second stop: a Waterfall and Gardens in Tahiti Iti, the smaller southeastern peninsula area of Tahiti.

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Third stop: the Ana-Vai-poiri grotto at Mara'a

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Local embellishments by unnamed artists

 

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Yes, there is a swimmer in the grotto, despite many No Swimming signs

 

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Inside looking out past the dripping water from the ceiling


Pictures through a Bus Window
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Tahiti
01/30/2024

 







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