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Internet Challenges in French Polynesia

October 25th, 2007 at 12:06 am (AST) by Jake Richter

For those of you wondering about our sudden silence, it’s not because we had any problems getting from Los Angeles to Tahiti, but more that technical challenges of sorts have arisen here in French Polynesia.

While WiFi Internet access was available in our hotel (the Le Meridien), it was rather slow, and quite expensive. A full day of access was a mere US$78. We punted, assuming that we’d get a better deal on the Pacific Princess cruise ship, which promoted having WiFi access in key spots on board.

However, while the WiFi access is there, the cost is a wee bit greater than even at our hotel – a mere 50 US cents per minute. If I left my notebook connected to the Internet all day, we figure that would be a connection charge of US$720 a day. Ouch!!!

Anyhow, while we’re still in port, it appears there’s a WiFi service for yachties – Iaoranet – which offers an hour for 6 Euro (about US$8.77) and seems to work fine from our stateroom. I’m presently using that service, however slow it is, to get things up to date here tonight.

And yes – we have been busy, so hopefully we can get all the photos uploaded before we leave port at 4am this morning for Moorea.