Re: Best place to provision for Panama-Tahiti
A couple of suggestions for you. We had good provisioning in Panama City on the Pacific side. There is a store, like Costco in the US, the is excellent. I forget the name but describe and everyone will know what it is. You have to buy a membership. We shared a membership with a couple on another boat to reduce the cost. You can get there by bus but will need to get a cab back (~$10). Prices are great - beer was about $9/24 and Chilean wine $2/litre. We completely loaded a cab with about $500 worth of shopping - could not have taken anything else.
There is an incredible hypermarche in Papeete that is within walking distance of the marina. May well be the best supermarket I have ever seen (it is huge, French, in the middle of the ocean, and on a large tropical island). Not cheap though.
In South Africa doing lots of boat stuff. Departure north from Cape Town around December 15th. Arrival in the Caribbean around the beginning of February, after 5300 miles or so.