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    Electrical Outlets/Plugs

    by GracesTrips Written Jun 26, 2014

    Favorite thing: In Tahiiti, the electrical outlets are 220V AC. That means for American travelers, our electrical devices we use at home will only work with an adapter. I've become a smarter traveler and have bought certain items with the 220V plugs such as a high watt hair dryer, curling iron and straight iron (I know that seems like an oxymoron - the curling iron & straight iron). I have damaged a curling iron and straight iron on previous trips using an adapter because the voltage was still too high. Other devices we bring such as cell phone chargers, lap top cord and camera battery chargers do just fine with the adapters.

    Hope you find this helpful!

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    Currency Exchange

    by GracesTrips Updated Jun 26, 2014

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    Favorite thing: It is always a challenge to find the best exchange rate when traveling to a different country. I usually have pretty good luck with this and over the years have learned some tricks. So, it turns out I have confirmation from Trip Advisor that as soon as you arrive at the Fa'a'ā International Airport that you should use the ATM to get Tahitian Francs or XFP. There are two banks at the airport.

    Banque de Polynesia is located in the main concourse (go left as you exit customs/immigration, it's a few shops past Mareiti Pearls) and only provides an ATM. This is also a money exchange and will take US dollars.

    The second is Socredo Bank located to the right as you exit immigration. It is near the outside curb past the snack bar and is open only during normal daytime banking hours but also has an ATM that can be accessed when you arrive at night.

    In addition to this tip, I have found most United States Banks are now charging a 3% conversion fee along with a 1% transaction fee when you withdrawal cash using your ATM card. It is still a better rate than ordering the currency from the bank which is running about a 9% fee.

    Currently, the exhange rate for US$1 is XPF$87.7 on June 26, 2014

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    Happy Isles

    by Weny Updated Nov 3, 2004

    Favorite thing: To the flower market. The tropical flowers and huge slabs of red tuna is a great sight. Just walking around Papeete and people watching is great too. The women wear wonderfully large pieces of jewelery made from beautiful shells and everyone seems to float on air!

    Fondest memory: It's astounding beauty.

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    Full of life

    by Helga67 Updated Jun 12, 2004

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    Rue du General de Gaulle

    Favorite thing: Papeete is a busy and bustling town on the north coast of Tahiti. The town is spread along the waterfront, facing the island of Moorea across the Sea of Moons. It's an excellent place to end your vacation in French Polynesia.

    Papeete has lots of shops, restaurants and a good nightlife. After spending some time on the remote islands, just relaxing and enjoying nature, Papeete is a great place to come back to the real world.

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    watching the sunset

    by Weny Written Nov 1, 2004
    Sunset

    Favorite thing: My favorite evening pastime on Moorea was watching the sunset. They were always beautiful and I didn't even get the best one.

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