History reflects that Paul Gauguin painted while in Tahiti. Our 4 wheel drive tour saw sights Gauguin may not have seen. Geology and nature have conspired to change the landscape since the artist lived on the island. Patrick, our tour guide, seemed to know much about the flora and fauna as we rolled along the streets and back roads on our way up the mountain trails. Patrick attempted to teach us the history, plant and animal life of Polynesia. He would begin by asking does anyone know XXXX? Few if any ever ventured to answer. The failure to venture a guess or half-hearted answer resulted in more attempts to lead us into the correct response. This routine became boring after a fact and some of the tour group appeared to grow weary of the game. Before I go much further this should be noted by all who read this review. Four wheel drive vehicles are not comfortable to ride in or on. All but one of the tour group, are seated in the open pickup bed and those riders will be exposed to road dust. Typically, elevated levels of humidity / moisture keeps the road dust down but expect to breathe it in and have it stick to your clothing and skin. There is a mid-tour swim included which requires a rope ladder, some of our tour group passed on this exercise. A lunch of premade sandwiches (remember- this is a 4wd tour) was served but this interlude should not be confused with tailgate parties. To his credit, Patrick did stop for the tourist to take photographs and indeed it was a scenic drive! Participants of this activity should be prepared for dust and grime along the route to beautiful scenery. Do bring your camera but prepared to clean it.
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