ARAGORN ... Not all those who wander are lost (JRR Tolkien)

Tahiti: Gateway to the Society Islands

Tahiti is the largest of the 118 islands and atolls that make up French Polynesia. Tahiti is located south of the equator, in the same time zone as Hawaii, and halfway between California and Australia. When we arrived here we once more were in “civilization” complete with French boutiques, bagettes and pate! Tahiti is for reprovisioning, visiting the site where Captain Cook shot the transit of Venus , enjoying the waterfalls of Faarumai, and exploring the Paul Gauguin Museum. In Tahiti saw Polynesian dancing and where almost everyone wears a flower tucked behind her/his ear to indicate "taken" or "available".

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Our approach to Tahiti was on a grey morning, punctuated by a squall up to 37 knots wind speed. Nonetheless, the spectacular, unique profile of Tahiti showed up.
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ARAGORN tied up on the wall at Papeete, Tahiti, with the traffic flowing behind her. Papeete is a Mecca and crossroads for Pacific sailors. While not the quietest anchorage, we did appreciate the range of services and goods available here after being away from big cities since we left Panama. We could get boat parts, French pate', as well as things at the local market.
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This is the view from the second floor of the Tahiti Food Market, with small stalls of handicrafts too. We bought meat, fish, fruit, veggies, flowers, etc. at the market regularly.
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Leslie negotiates with the fruit seller for bananas, mangos, cucumbers, etc.
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After viewing this colorful display of reef fish for sale at the market, we could omit our snorkel trip for the day. The local fishermen know where to catch reef fish that do not carry ciguatoxins.
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Of course if you wanted fish with smoke flavoring, you bought from this vendor. (We didn't.)
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Another advantage of a big city ... In a nearby public part, 15+ of these food vans would line up each night to serve every cuisine from Tahitian to western to chinese to crepes, at a reasonable cost. All sorts of people, including yachties, visited them reguarly, despite their unfair nickname "roach coaches".
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One of the famous points in the pacific is Venus Point, with its lighthouse shown here. The globe in front commerates the famous observation of the Transit of Venus, conducted here by Captain Cook.
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More photos of others on the rally. Here Carolyn and Alistair Roberts of NADEMIA enjoy breakfast in their cockpit while backed to the wall in Papeete.
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Benno and Margrit Schneider of the Amel Super Maramu DOCTOR BIRD pose on the stern in Papeete. Guesses on which country they are from?
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Leaving Tahiti allows you to exit the pass near some good wave breaks. In this photo, you can see how close you get - the surfers can almost wipe out into your cockpit.

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