What do I do now? There are no more visa issues. There aren’t any more arguments to be made about business class upgrades. All I see is a bungalow and water.
Welcome to a paradise for those who know how to relax. Over the next 9 nights I plan on figuring out how to do so. I’ve purchased loads of champagne and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to assist in the process. I’ve also brought along tons of snacks to combat the hunger pains from avoiding the unreasonably priced menu. Still, compared to Maldives, French Polynesia is a bargain. The bungalow upgrade was only $450 for five nights in Moorea compared to $650 for one night on Rangali. The seaplane was $500 roundtrip in Maldives compared to $400 from Tahiti to Bora Bora to Moorea to Tahiti.
The drinks here at Le Meridien Tahiti are $16 a pop which isn’t horrible but besides my patented pina colada snapshot, I don’t think I’ll be sipping on too many of them. TPOL brought a nice bottle of Bacardi’s Silver Rum for day time festivities.
One thing that is a ripoff are taxis. I’ll have to add this place to the taxi blacklist especially if you find yourself landing at night. Taxis from PPT to Le Meridien are $40 for a fifteen minute drive with additional charges for extra luggage. To that point, I will say that the worst idea for this trip was bringing golf clubs. I missed my tee time in Dubai thanks to Emirates checking my bags through to Shanghai. I didn’t golf in Shanghai because I was too busy having fun. And I’m leaving my clubs in Tahiti because the $60 charge of taking them on the plane plus the charges of loading them from one taxi boat to another will be much higher than renting.
This final point of my ramble is a welcome relief as TPOL can go back to the days of no checked in luggage, a streak of 6 years that was broken by my new hobby.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to do nothing.
See you in fifteen minutes.