We arrived at Tahiti
at daybreak after an excellent passage with a moderate wind all the way.
After calling up the harbour master for permission to enter the harbour, we
made our way over to the Marina de Papeete, located right in the centre of the
town. Cruising friends were there to greet us and take our lines and we
were all tucked up in no time at all. After enjoying some remote
anchorages we were looking forward to exploring the capital of the French Polynesia
archipelago and being right in the thick of things was just perfect for us.
We were pleased to
find ourselves in a clean and vibrant place, safe to walk around at night and
lots of things going on. July is the time of year for the Heiva Festival
and we were really fortunate to be around for its final week (see subsequent
posts...). What’s more, the wonderful daily produce market is a
mere 5 minutes walk from the boat. Bliss!
The Marina and
further along the waterfront the Memorial Site for the Nuclear Testing carried
out between 1966 and 1996 on the atolls of Moruroa and Fangataufa:
Palace and War Memorial on Avenue Pouvanaa a Oopa:
The Town Hall and
the Protestant Temple:
And lots of
interesting and colourful Street Art: