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Old 07-02-2009, 02:00 AM   #1
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Greetings from Tahiti!

I'd always heard that Tahiti is, like, the MOST expensice cruising destination on this watery planet... but I'm happy to report that some items aren't so expensive at all. Such as groceries - for example steak & fish are half the price we were paying in the Caribbean a year ago. And who can tire of fresh baguetts and fresh local fruits? Wine is on par with California prices... but a case of local beer just set us back $60 USD! So... eating at home is not a bank breaker but drinking out will sink the budget in Tahiti.

EU passport holders are granted three months with easy extensions. I hold a US passport and was granted one month and immediately extended to three months at a cost of about $70.

There are LOTS of great anchorages around French Polynesia and it seems that lots of cruisers easily extend their visits beyond their visa dates in this fine cruising area.

There you have it... in case anyone is interested.

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but I'm happy to report that some items aren't so expensive at all. Such as groceries - for example steak & fish are half the price we were paying in the Caribbean a year ago.
Ya'orana Kirk,

Enjoy your time in paradise. From what I recall from my stay in French Polynesia (Aug-Sep 2002), fish was indeed relatively cheap but the meat was relatively expensive as it was imported. I remember purchasing a big bottle (1.5L) of soft drink from Carrefour and it cost me then 3 Euros! That is 3 times the price in most countries at the time. In general, things that are grown or fished on the Island are reasonably priced however things that are usualy imported (most things), they tend to be expensive.

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It was explained to me that French Polynesia imposes significant duty on all imported goods, which results in the tourists paying a substantial portion of the costs of running the islands. *We noticed in the Gambier and Austral Islands that everybody had their own garden growing vegetables and fruits. *Chickens and pigs were everywhere. *As with Gallivanters, we did not find the costs in French Polynesia to be much different from what we had been living with in the Caribbean, and the Polynesians were generally much better off than the majority of Caribbean islanders. *

The cruisers with the greatest sticker shock were the West coast Americans who were used to cheap US food products and cheaper Mexican prices. *What we most liked about Tahiti was the really good French food products that we had been deprived of once we left the Eastern Caribbean. *The pates, cheeses, and sausages that the French make so well. *The bread and pastries, too. *I once paid $15.00 US for 100 grams of cheese that a California cruiser thought I was dumb to have bought. *I didn't mind being thought a fool because the cheese was delicious and had been sorely missed by Peter and me for more than a year.

We never heard a Scandinavian cruiser complain about the prices. *No surprise, things were at least as expensive there as in French Polynesia, as told to us by the young Danish cruisers we had taken under our wing.

As I've said before, if, when we arrived in French Polynesia, we knew what we know now, I think we would have tried very hard to spend a second season there. *It is a beautiful part of the world.
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