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    EVERYTHING you will need

    by easyoar Updated Apr 22, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: French Polynesia is pretty hot, so you will want light clothing and beach wear. For the evenings, you may want long sleeved shirts and trousers to keep the mosquitos off.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent. The mosquitos are VICIOUS in French Polynesia. You do not want to get bitten, so take protection. There are also mosquitos that bite there during daylight, so wear repellent all day, not just in the evening.

    Photo Equipment: Bring plenty of film/memory cards as you will not want to pay the exorbitant prices in French Polynesia.

    Miscellaneous: French Polynesia is extremely expensive for everything, so without going over your weight limit on your flight, try and take everything you will need with you, as you won't want to buy too much stuff there when you see the prices!

    BTW, this photo was borrowed from a web site selling mosquito repellent

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    by Helga67 Written Jul 25, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: If you want to bring your own cell phone to French Polynesia, make sure that it is a deblocked phone that can operate on a 900-megahertz system. You will need to go to a post office or telecommunication shop to have a Vini Chip inserted. Vini is the name of the local telephone company. You'll get a new local phone number and need to pay 6168 CFP for the prepaid Vini chip/phone card. This allows you to phone 30 minutes of local calls and 13 minutes of international calls.

    Cell phone

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    by Helga67 Updated Jan 27, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Loose-fitting clothing (cotton is best), open-toed sandals. Be sure to include aqua socks or protective footgear for walking on the coral reef and in the lagoon. Along with a hat, don't forget to pack a good pair of sunglasses.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring a good sunscreen and insect repellent.

    Photo Equipment: Keep in mind that daylight is very intense in the tropics. Use a polarisation or UV filter and bring a waterproof bag to protect your camera from salt and spray during boat trips.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Snorkelling equipment

    Miscellaneous: Bring an adapter if you don't have a French plug with two round prongs.

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    by localpics Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring shoes that can be worn in the water. You need to look out for poisonous fish and sharp coral when you snorkel.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring plenty of suntan lotion. It is very overpriced in most of the resort areas. Expect to pay $15-$20 per bottle.

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    by wndsrfgrl Written Aug 26, 2002

    Luggage and bags: Something tough w/ locks. My fiance had his credit card taken out of his luggage while we had our layover at LAX.
    We found see-through, carry-on bags worked best through security. No hassles.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Water shoes
    Sarongs & bathing suits are all you need.
    Light dinner dress. Nothing fancy.
    That's all you'll need

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: OFF!, possibly some Pepto. For some reason we always ended up with the 'runs'.

    Photo Equipment: Don't forget the underwater cameras.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You won't really have to bring your own snorkel equipment unless you dive.
    You don't need to bring towels.
    Bring lots of sunscreen & your sunglasses.

    Miscellaneous: If you go to the Sauvage you'll have a 1-hr boat ride to the Sauvage from the Village. Don't forget to bring a few garbage bags just in case the ride is wet.
    Bring a flashlight

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    by AGHIOS Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: CONDOMS, INSECT STUFF AND LOTS OF AFTERSUN


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    by yeah_baby Written Aug 26, 2002

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    ELECTRICITY: runs at 110 or 220 volts, so you'll need an adaptor.

    OTHER: Sunscreen is highly recommended, as are loose fitting casual clothing, a small flashlight, and aqua socks (for walking on coral).

    French Polynesia uses the Cour de Franc Pacifique (CFP). It's exchange rate is approximately 100 to 1 US dollar. You'll find the best exchange rates at banks, although you'll pay approximately a $4.00 fee for the transaction.

    Although most places accept credit cards, you should have cash on hand for those places that don't. Many places will accept US Dollars, so don't exchange all your cash at once.

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    by adischi Written Aug 26, 2002

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Anything made out of Solumbra to keep the sun off of you. We especially like Sun Precaution's Water Wear (www.solumbra.com). It looks a little silly, but offers SPF 30. We spent 8 days in the water...dawn to dusk...and did not get burned.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen, suncreen, sunscreen!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring a snorkle, mask, and fins. Although your hotel may boast free equipment, it's likely to be damaged or possibly already reserved by another guest.

    Miscellaneous: Wine/liquor
    Bring your own. It's insanely expensive in Bora Bora. We balked when a friend told us to slip a bottle from home into our luggage to make wine coolers or cocktails at our hotel. After seeing a Long Island Ice Tea for $17 US (and a small one at that) we're now big proponents of BYOB (bringing your own bottle).

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    by grannysmith Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Less is best as the interisland transportation won't take excess luggage.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Rain can come unexpectedly so bring something waterproof.
    Aquashoes are good as well.
    Overall, travel light as not much clothing is necessary through the day and dressing up at night is a casual affair.
    But prepare to change a few times each day with all the activities and being in and out of the water a lot.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Things such as sunscreen, medicine and the like are really expensive so bring a lot.

    Photo Equipment: Same goes for film.
    Everything is 220V in French Polynesia so bring adaptors for recharging.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Your own snorkelling equipment is a plus as it will save you the hassle of checking it in and out every day at special hours.

    Miscellaneous: Tipping isnt the custom.

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    by janisj Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Bring the smallest luggage you own.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The only necessities are: a couple of bathing suites, sarong, if you have, (both men and women), and very light casual clothes.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Forget the make-up. You won't need it. All you need is sun block.

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    by b1bob Written Aug 29, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: You don't need to carry a whole lot of stuff.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You sure enough don't need a parka. Bring a lot of short pants and t-shirts. Also, bring sandals for the beach particularly the black sanded Venus Beach.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lots and lots of sun screen.

    Photo Equipment: A 35mm camera and as much film as you think you need.


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    by Chris_Sopko Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Being on a cruise makes it pretty easy to get around, so packing wasn't too much of an issue!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You might want to take a lightweight jacket and carry it with you if you are going on any excursions. Sometimes it can rain and get a little cool when the sun gets blocked out.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Some people complained about mosquitos but I did not get bit at all. You may, however, want to take some bug spray. DEFINITELY take sun screen. The sun can be brutal! Great - but brutal.

    Photo Equipment: Being on a cruise ship it was easy to recharge my digitial camera. I also did not have to buy film while I was down there so I can't tell you how expensive it is on the islands. Digital photography is great because you can see the photo's as soon as you take the picture,

    Miscellaneous: If you know how to dive, make sure you take your gear. If you don't know how to dive you might want to take a quick course before you go. Everyone that went said that the dive with the Manta Rays was outstanding

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    by Oneeye_jeff Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Bring one light backpack - no baggage and suitcase either! Light weight will help you to travel better and less worrywart by bringing one small light backpack with you.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring light clothes with you and rain puncho - do not too many clothes (a few clothes). One sturdy shoes for hiking. Buying clothes in Tahiti is very incredible expensive - US$135 for a shirt!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring simple first aid kits and simple toiletries such as shaving kits, toilet papers, toothbrushes/pastes and the most important of all is sun lotion (SPF 30 or higher) for the skin protection from the sunburn. Everything is too expensive in Tahiti such as US$27 for 5 oz of sun lotion!

    Photo Equipment: Bring all your films, camcorder tapes, batteries, everything with you! Photo equipment are very expensive - it blow your head off when you buy photo films in Tahiti! Better to safe than sorry when you bring your photo equipment with you!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring mosquitoes netting tent - this is the best investment for traveling in French Polynesia! You will sleep well under the mosquitoes nets! Bring swimming suit or trunk but my advice is to avoid swimming on the beach! Swimming on the hotel pool is generally okay.

    Miscellaneous: Do not buy anything in Tahiti except your survival needs such as food and transportation expense. Everything is so expensive! Good luck!

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    by annk Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I would recommend beachwear and light, cotton clothes since this is the tropics and can be hot & humid. Also take along a light sweater or windbreaker for cooler evenings and when trade winds pick up.

    Photo Equipment: For the water enthusiast, bring a few of the disposable underwater cameras.

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    by jjpoprac Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Note the 20Kg per person weight limit on Air Tahiti flights.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Resort

    Photo Equipment: Underwater camera is a must. Extra batteries for your camera if it is anything but AA or AAA.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: It's convenient to bring your own snorkel, mask and fins.

    Miscellaneous: Did you know that your passport must not be due to expire for three months after your trip is concluded? I didn't, and had to beg to let me on the plane.

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