Faa’a, French Polynesia
So, at 4pm Sunday afternoon we set off from New Zealand on a very bumpy flight to the middle of the Pacific, Tahiti. It’s quite ironic because at the same time I was watching the film Interstellar and everything seemed to be timed like some 4D theme park experience; if anyone has watched the film already you will understand exactly what I mean. The shortest flight (actually 4 hours) in the world, landed us in Tahiti Saturday evening at 10pm – you see why that man running backwards was ironic?.
Our arrival was greeted by the happy happy musician tribe of ‘we only know one Tahitian song’ as they serenaded everyone to baggage claim and then eventually us being welcomed likeOlympic winners through arrivals with a necklace of fresh flowers.
After a sleep in our luxurious room (2m squared with bunk beds) we woke up, again, on Sunday morning to relive the day of the 22nd March 2015. Our Homestay was in the middle of nowhere but only around 5 minutes drive to the international airport of Fa’aa. So our hosts offered lifts to the nearest supermarket, airport and Intercontinental Hotel for free; needless to say we made use of these freebies and visited all three.
Our first was a trip to the local supermarket to gather supplies for our 3 days, the next was a visit to the Intercontinental. Now, when our hosts explained we could go there it seemed just to have a drink and to touch the sea; we decided to be a little more cheeky. Once we had arrived we strolled through reception like we’d been staying for a week and MI5 style, checked out the surroundings before finding the way to the pool. From there we got a taster of what a ‘paradise like’ stay was, because not only did it have the pool we saw, it had another sea view pool with wet bar and its own sea lagoon with tropical fishes. So, naturally we levitates towards the sea view pool (with its accompanying sand beach), took our towels out and went for a dip. Now, we couldn’t stay too long, it was quite apparent that we were visitors due to the fact EVERYONE had brown hotel towels except us. After our little adventure we went up to the bar and decided it was a good idea to pay for our little excursion through the mistake of ordering one specific beer. Every country we have been to has seemed to separate a ‘standard’ beer and a ‘gold’ beer with a few pennies or simply most of the time, a design. On this occasion, it was around £7 more.
The rest of the day we chilled and planned the next day, a visit to the sister island of Moorea. As night fell, we were embroiled in a state of confusion and feeling unwanted as our conversations with the hosts turned quite sour. To cut a long story short, we were promised to be able to leave our luggage in the accommodation, they would then collected us from a our ferry and take us to the airport; they said no. We were then told we would have to leave at 6.30am in the morning; come morning, the mum walked in and declared at 6.20am “why wasn’t we ready, we need to go” and finally when we got to the ferry, she told us of a bus we needed to catch to the airport, a bus that later we found out did not exist. Overall Tahiti and its surroundings is mesmerising, but it’s people and “just chill” lifestyle is not quite what you would expect after feeling like you’ve just been chucked out and unwanted.