Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Tahiti on a Rockbottom Budget - Part 1


If you arrive in the middle of the night you can spend the night at the airport. See sleeping in airports. There will be others doing it too. It's not a comfortable place to sleep with plastic bucket seats, hard floors and few benches. Some folks bring inflatable airbeds to sleep on.

You might want to bring some snacks with you and pack a bottle of water in your checked luggage so you don't have to pay 350 at the airport for a small one.

If you arrive in the evening you can take Le Truck (200 fare after 6pm) downtown and stay at Pension Teamo.
8, rue du Pont Neuf - Mission
2300 for a dorm

Or walk out of the airport and take the walkway to the right of the car ramp. Walk to the main road, cross the street and go halfway up the hill,
Pension Chez Fifi will be on your left.
(689) 82 63 30
Dorms are around 2000

There have been some pretty dismal reviews of the above places on Bugpacific. However, I have heard that Teamo now has new management and people who have stayed there recently have recommended it.

Otherwise the Tahiti Airport Motel has dorms for 3,500.

In the morning take Le Truck (daytime fare 130) downtown. You can head over to the market area and get breakfast.

A cup of coffee is a pricey 250. Croissants and pastries are 100 and up. You can get a really nice and large baguette "hero" or "submarine" sandwich for around 250.

If you plan to walk around a while the Tourist Office will hold your luggage for free. Their hours of operation are:

Monday to Fridays 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 8 am to noon and then 1 pm to 4 pm
Sunday and Holidays 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

The days that cruise ships arrive someone is there Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm.

Let me also note that the Tourist Office has very nice and clean restrooms.

Next stop is the Moorea ferry. Approximately 2000 for a round trip (aller retour).

No comments:

Post a Comment