The mooring field off Taina Marina with Tahiti in the background
Broccoli! Fresh mushrooms! Different kinds of meat, cheese and bread! The selection, the air conditioning, the space, the pure joy of shopping in a western-style, mosquito-free, well-lit grocery store (like the Carrefour) pleases many of our deprived senses. We still like chicken, carrots, onions, garlic and cabbage, and we still enjoy a fresh baguette once in a while, but it is mighty nice to have a change in diet for now. Although the abundance of tasty (fatty) foods is already showing a change in “belly looks” as well!
A western-style mall and supermarket
The cost of everything but baguettes (and the usual subsidized items – chicken, rice, pasta, sugar, milk, the four vegetables …) is outrageous. Now that we can finally touch the items we have so long desired, we have to consider whether they are worth the high price. Of course, we splurged on some goat cheese, croissants, salami and ice cream the first couple of days, but now we are back to “the usual” food stuffs, with something extra here and there. Tomatoes cost $4 a pound, zucchini $5 (we have not eaten any of these yet), chicken breast $14 a pound (when I wrote chicken before, it meant whole chicken – frozen). Boat products cost twice the price than in the States, alcohol – other than beer ($2 a bottle) - is still unaffordable (the cheapest wine costs $8 a bottle, drinkable rum costs over $40 a bottle) and tax and import duty is high. To order something into the country (with a value of over $300 including the shipping costs, which are taxed as well!), you need to use an agent, who charges $250 and up. This would add 20% to the cost of a new jib ordered from abroad for example. On the other hand, if we would buy a new jib here, it would cost four times more.
I will just repeat here that Pape’ete is a city and that comes with the ugliness of a city: noise, smells, dirt, crime, crowds, garbage, expense, and lack of authenticity. It sometimes reminds us of a third world country, but with higher than first world prices.
Parking lot at the Carrefour grocery store
Meeting up with Mark and Marian from SV Zenna and getting to know Emma, who took care of SV Liward during the owners' absence
Sister island Mo'orea during the day
Ma Louloute on a mooring ball in front of Marina Taina during Yvan's visit in Tahiti
Yvan Bourgnon and his wife Nadia, who joined the support boat in Fakarava