The Great Southern Route : 2010 - 2011
GSR | 293 SHOPPING; This is not a place for those seeking boutiques and designer stores. FP is not for shoppers, excepting of course for black pearls. Some of the better resorts have a small selection of boutique wear. The better black pearl merchants do however have stores at a selection of these resorts. EXCURSIONS: I could write a book on all there is to do on each island or atoll in FP, and indeed many have. I suggest calling your agent and getting the best up-to-date information. Whatever you have read, or have seen or imagine about French Polynesia, the real thing is better. This is the only destination I know of that outperforms the brochure. A few of the "must does" are; The jet ski tour of Huahine Lagoon and Motu lunch with Huahine Nautique www.huahine- nautique.com Sunset from atop Moorea -- Albert Safari 784 660. A day on Motu Tapu -- Bora Bora. Dinner at Bloody Marys, firstname.lastname@example.org A Day Spa at Ta'haa www.letahaa.com Secure a black pearl from Bora Pearl Company 60 37 77, Tahia Collins or Robert Wan. Breakfast at anchor in Cooks Bay -- Moorea. Dive South Pass Fakarava. SURFING: Sensational, but you know the rules; I'm not telling where the best breaks are! This is the home of Teahupoo, arguably the world's heaviest left hander, and Gordon Merchant (owner of Billabong) is building a high end surf resort in the Tuamotus. For the crew, Taapuna Pass is two minutes from Marina Taina and is one of the best surf breaks in Tahiti (left hander). and then a barrier reef. Most of the islands are indented with large and sometimes fiord-like bays, giving absolute protection from any prevailing weather. You can be in paradise here, with a stunning bay all to yourself, but around the corner, should you choose to visit, is a world class resort. The Tuamotus however is altogether different. The Atolls are huge, some of the largest in the world, and the wind if from the wrong direction, will whip up a severe chop. Normally the east wind allows you to find a lee under one of the low coral cays rimming the lagoons. For those unfamiliar to anchoring in lagoons, the seabed is coralline sand and coral rubble. The holding is poor. Good ground tackle is important. FUEL: Fuel here can be purchased tax-ex if you are not chartering. Your agent can arrange all the correct documentation. The fuel is comparable in price to Europe. I have mostly had good quality fuel delivered, except from one bulk supplier. GUIDES AND AGENTS: There are a number of excellent superyacht agents servicing visiting superyachts to French Polynesia. Refer to the Fact Files for their details. As mentioned earlier, there is no finer dive and general tour guide in French Polynesia than Rodolphe Holler. CUSTOMS AGENT; The services of M Bud Gilroy of Transit Sat Nui email@example.com have always been prompt and professional. As with all incoming goods, they should be labeled "Ships Stores in Transit" to avoid attracting import duty.
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