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Cruise: Papeete, Raiatea and Bora Bora. Day trip suggestions

Cruise: Papeete, Raiatea and Bora Bora. Day trip suggestions

Aug 4th, 2019, 11:55 AM
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Cruise: Papeete, Raiatea and Bora Bora. Day trip suggestions

We do not want to buy the ridiculously expensive excisions from the cruise line. We are happy to go to a nice beach, do a little shopping or visit a significant attraction on these islands. First timers. Ages mid 60's to early 70s but active. We will be there in Mid November. I would really appreciate any unbiased and helpful info.
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Aug 4th, 2019, 02:49 PM
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In Papeete, the ships dock close to town so easy to walk around the shops and restaurants. There is a very pleasant park stretching along the waterfront with views across to Moorea - if you wander this way, have a look for the water tanks along the water edge filled with tropical fish. There is usually a market at the dock and another night market selling food but do check prices before ordering.

Bora Bora is a tender port. There is usually a market at the dock and a several small shops and cafes around that area. We've done the circle island tour and enjoyed it.
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Aug 12th, 2019, 05:59 PM
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All of these places are mainly known for the beaches and water activities. You can visit the local markets. And when there are cruise ships in port, there will be local drivers to offer tours around the island just waiting on the pier, if ever you like to go around. When you will be doing this, make sure the driver speaks English!!!
If you prefer to prebook something, check online what the possibilities are.
Last time we were in Bora Bora, we had a helicopter flight. Not sure if they still offer this. It was a little expensive but oh my, such beautiful views!!
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Aug 13th, 2019, 08:02 AM
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In Bora Bora you'll find a dozen or so local tour companies hawking their respective trips/tour in the parking lot next to the dock where the ship's tender will drop you off. Some tours will be land based others will be take you to a local beach while still others will be water based - choose the itinerary that most interests you. FYI - Their tours are usually less expensive than the ones you can purchase through your cruise line. Or you can hire one of the many taxi driver/guides that will be waiting at the tender dock for a private tour of the island. It's your choice.
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