I know some of you are already packing so let’s get right to it …
Do we all have our passports sorted out? Tahiti also requires that your passport is good for 6 months after our visit. All State Dept. info, Click Here.
Travel light – you will not need much! Like the lifestyle, clothing in the tropics is casual.
What to Bring Suggestions …
- Sunblock, sun glasses – polarized if you want that reef x-ray vision. Hat with strap – shades head and neck a plus
- Swimwear, 2 or 3 sets works for us with a couple clothes pins for drying on the rail (often supplied). Walking shorts and cool shirts.
- Something nicer for evening dining ashore – lite weight collared shirt (toned down Hawaiian?), khaki pants? A blouse/skirt/sun dress for her (whatever women wear always seems to be perfect) .
- A light jacket or pullover for tropical rain or cool evenings
- Bug Spray. I prefer the bug wipes as they are less messy and carry-on friendly. Mosquito illnesses have been reported.
- Your bathroom stuff. Sheets and one set of towels are provided
- We often go barefoot aboard and wear flops ashore, boat shoes for the planes and in nicer restaurants. Your deck/boat shoes should be non-marking (no black soles)
- Money: for cabs to and from airport, meals ashore, comfort food brought aboard, trinkets, and your skipper’s drinks … or not ;). Skipper tip is appreciated, $50-100 if you thought they did a great job
- Go online or call credit card companies to warn them you will be charging in other countries
- Camera, MP3 player if you like. There is usually a jack on the boat radio to plug your player in. If you want to charge/run something onboard, bring your car charger – 12 volts
- Your water bottle (or cup) for water, juice or rum mix. We get water in the bigger containers for refills
- Meds: Customs often prefers you have them in their original container with pharmacy sticker
- Carry your toothbrush, swim gear and any vital medications in your carry on. If by some chance, your luggage gets delayed, you will be able to get on with your vacation whilst the airline gets it to you
- If your journey involves a complicated flight plan, label your luggage destination Tahiti Yacht Charters, RFP – Raiatea, Marina Apooiti.
Luggage – as for most of our sailing Adventures, ‘if we can’t stow it, you may end up sleeping with it’. In this case there is luggage storage at the airport. That info on the Travel Page. For onboard stowage, a softer bag that can lie kinda flat stows best (wheels a bonus for getting around).
All Sail Tahiti info can be found on these pages …
Some Tahitian Words …
- Hello – Ia Orana (yo-rah-nah)
- Bye bye – Nana. (nah-nah)
- Thank you – Mauruuru. (mah-roo-roo)
- Yes – E (ay)
- No – Aita (eye-tah)
- How are you? – Maita’i oe? (my-tie oh-ay)
- I am fine – Maita’i vau. (my-tie vah-oo)
- What’s your name? – O vai to oe i’oa? (oh vah-ee toh oh-ay ee-oh-ah)
- What? – Eaha? (ay-ah-ha)
- What is the price of this? – Ehia moni te’ie? (ay-hee-ah moh-nee tay-ee-ay)
- Do you want a drink? – Hina’aro oe e inu? (hee-nah-ah-roh oh-ay ay ee-noo)
- This is very good – E mea maita’i roa teie. (ay may-ah my-tie roh-ah tay-ee-ay)
- To your health! – Manuia! (mah-nwee-ah)
- I love you – Ua here vau ia oe (oo-ah hay-ray ee-ah oh-ay)
- Let’s go! – Haere tatou! (ha-ay-ray tah-toh-oo)
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