Tuesday, April 30 - Delta night flight from TPA to LAX was uneventful. Flight was comfortable, nice leather seats. Our later flight to PPT required a connection to Air France. Lots of construction at LAX...a long walk to Terminal 2 after some bad gate information from the Delta folks. But, once at Air France, and another security check, we still had at least an hour before our 8+ hour onward flight to Papeete. Arrival was early in Papeete. We had to wait for our gate. Tahiti immigration was much too long. 2 hours standing in line in a non-airconditioned terminal can be a pain.
Four of us were traveling together. We had rented the cheapest economy car from Hertz, but the kind rental agent upgraded us to a Kia Soul. Incidentally the daily rate was about $40 US, but we also had to pay .58 per kilometer traveled and we like to drive! The Kia is not a large car by any means, but we were able to get our 8 pieces of luggage into the car for our short drive to our nearby hotel, The Intercontinental Tahiti. This is a large 3 story sprawling hotel on the Pacific Ocean. Our room is a standard room with a balcony and a lagoon view...palm trees, the Pacific an an occasional sailboat or kayak in the view. It is not a large room, but it is comfortable with a queen size bed, a desk a dresser and an average size bathroom.
We stopped in our new accommodations for about 30 minutes to freshen up. The stopper in the sink wouldn't open. The small refrigerator needed to be defrosted. We called housekeeping. They took care of both issues immediately. An American Breakfast was included with our room. We had fruits, eggs and coffee...a nice start to our Tahiti adventure. We will spend 3 nights in this hotel.