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What a difference 250 years has made to what ought to be the epitome of the South Sea Islands.
Certainly Captain Bligh, popping in for breadfruit tree cuttings, would be astonished.
The islanders should have put more effort into eating missionaries.

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Doesn't look too bad from a distance - back to the volcanic peaks like the Marquesas rather than the flat atolls of the Tuamotus

When you get close, however, this busy industrial harbor area could be just about anywhere

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Housing development up the hillsides

and hotel developments on the waterfront

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The French have spread their notions of parking to all their territories

Boats as well as cars

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The flat water shows where the passage is through the reef

The breakers crashing on the reef outside the marked channel

enough of so-called civilization, lets have a look at the island you can see in the background which is