I was absolutely awestruck with the Black Pearl Museum. The Tour Guide was most helpful to me as I was the only person on the tour not speaking French but I didn't feel as if I missed out on anything as the Tour Guide filled me in with info. a good look at the highlights of Papeete.
We had an excellent tour guide that gave us a lot of information about Papeete and, in particular, about the culture of the natives. One issue, the bus used was very uncomfortable for passengers in the back. The seats were significantly below the seats in front, hence we could not see ahead of us - only out the side windows.
This tour is worth doing because you get to stop at the Market in town. Papeete is small and there is not much to see. However, the town Market is a good place to get souvenirs. Most of what you learn about the island comes from the tour guide. The buildings are French colonial, there are a few parks, the waterfront where the ferries leave from to go to the other islands of French Polynesia. The pearl museum is interesting in that it shows you how they create the 'black' pearl.
The 1/2 day tour took us by the cathedral by bus, not inside, and drove by the Viama Shopping Center, by the city hall and colonial palace. We did visit the Black Pearl Museum. We were left at the Municipal Market for 3 hours. Sandra from the tourist office graciously drove us back to our hotel.
The driver was very nice, however we were disappointed as nothing was open on Saturday.We saw the outside of gov't buildings and trees. The black pearl museum was a big nothing. Sorry we took this as it was nothing.rated no stars.
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