The last 2 sleeps of our trip were spent in Papeete, Tahiti. As mentioned in my previous Tahiti post, Malea and I legit winged it and booked this Airbnb the day before and pretty much hoped for the best.
Took the ferry in the afternoon after beaching it for a bit in Moorea. Grabbed a giant waffle we’d seen other people order and split that between the four of us on the way over. It was goOooooOd.
Malea and I went separate ways, hoping to meet up with Megan and Jenny again later that night for dinner. We perused the market down the street from the ferry landing before our Airbnb host picked us up. They love their Monoi Tiare Coconut Oil. And I understand fully. The stuff tans you in about an hour…Probably really good for that no-wrinkle look I aspire to on the daily, you know?
So, to keep it short and sweet, after a quick 10 minute drive we arrived at our Airbnb. And guys……We were shoooooocked. No idea that we’d book a friggin oasis paradise that had everything we could’ve ever dreamt of, and only about 5 minutes from the airport. Just take a look:
This Airbnb..we had no words. We started laughing because like how did we get so lucky after booking this less than 24 hours ago. And pretty damn cheap. Wow wow wowooow.
We ended up grabbing groceries down the road (Vatea-our Airbnb host- drove us everywhere. Sooo nice of him.) and we made pasta and chilled on the balcony. Had an early night so we could enjoy the entire day before Malea left the following night.
Woke up the next day and worked out on the balcony.
Jumped in the water (after seeing a shark casually feeding about 20 yards away, it’s fiiiiine).
The boys who kinda hang out at Vatea’s house ended up detaching this party boat/float thingy and anchoring it out on the sandbar all day. So cool. We just tanned and kayaked a bit the entire afternoon.
Later on we met up with Megan and her mom who had just gotten in at the Intercontinental. Loic, one of Vatea’s friends, drove us into town and then to the hotel. Everyone is so nice it’s crazy.
We pretty much snuck in, ordered $24 mai tai’s with everyone, eventually walked back to Megan’s room where we took shots and wanted to die (but also not about to blow all my money on a drink soooo), then proceeded to tan, casually met one of the DJ’s for Future which was kinda crazy, and left around 4:30 when Loic picked us up.
The rest of the night was spent chilling on the balcony with the guys watching the sunset. Rainuii actually met up with us later on which was fun. Had a quick night swim, then sent Malea off to the airport around 10pm.
The next day was spent cruising around on the boat.
I left that night to head back to Kauai for a few days. I have to say that these last 2 days were some of the best of the entire trip. Meeting Loic and his friends, going on the boat, the Airbnb, talking story with the locals…It all just came together so perfectly in the end. And to think we were supposed to have rain the entire trip. Dang. Everyone needs to have experiences like this at some point in their life. Not my last time to Tahiti that is for dayum sure.