French Polynesia Shopping

  • Shopping
    by malianrob
  • Shopping
    by malianrob
  • Shopping
    by malianrob

French Polynesia Shopping

  • Black Pearls

    Bora-Bora Shopping

    There was a special phone at our hotel to call BPC for a free visit. They pick you up and bring you back. We had a short guided tour of the pearl farm, showing the various steps of pearl making. The visit, of course, ends up in the shop where you can buy pearls and jewels... But on the whole it was quite interesting, even if their first aim is...

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  • Black Pearls

    Tahiti Shopping

    The Gaugin pearl shop on Rangiroa is one of many pearl shops, however it is the one to which you will be directed if you are staying at the Hotel Kia Ora. The shop comes to the hotel and picks you up in their air conditioned van. The Gaugin is special because they are local producers. They will explain the pearl-making process to you, and show you...

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  • Pareo

    Bora-Bora Shopping

    The main shopping area is the village of Vaitape. However, I did not really buy anything there, and found shops along the main road outside Vaitape(I can't say off the beaten path because on BB there is only one "path"!).I bought great Gauguin pareos (huge!) at the Boutique Gauguin. You can't miss it , the giant cutout of Gauguin screams tourist...

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  • Not always a good Idea...

    It is always hot in the islands and, well… Chocolate surely is not the perfect thing to buy. But as this little box with 4 chocolate-covered macadamia nuts – made in Tahiti - was the only appealing item to be bought in conjunction with the tin box of coconut tea and the Gauguinesque coffee to match the amount of CFP we had left, we took it.It...

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  • … and other coconut products

    I was very sceptical about buying this coconut tea in the beautiful Gauguin-inspired tin box. When I first tasted it I regretted that I had not bought more of it. Now I stretch it by just adding one spoonful of coconut tea to two spoonfuls of green tea… The coconut tea is strong, so it totally overwhelms the flavour of the green tea, there is a...

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  • Wrap yourself in a Pareo/Pareu

    That is the basic piece of clothing of all Polynesians. It is nothing but a rectangular piece of cotton fabric handpainted or printed with mostly floral designs. You can wear them as dresses or skirts, long or short, and as shorts (what men often do), just tied around the neck, crossed over the breasts, around the waist… The locals have special...

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  • Haggling on the Market Stalls

    Generally if you are planning to buy something in French Polynesia, it is best to haggle with a local market trader than try and buy something in a shop.Haggling is very much the word though. Never pay the original price.The other nice thing about market traders is you tend to be able to have more of a conversation with them than with a shop...

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  • Colourful Batiks

    These colourful Batiks are sold all over the island. They are very colourful and look great blowing in the breeze.As with all things Polynesian, never pay the first price you are told, always haggle hard!This picture shows a Batik on the right that has a Paul Gauguin design on. He is a famous artist who lived in Polynesia for 4 years from 1897 to...

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  • Black Pearls (but watch what you pay!)

    If you have seen Pirates of the Caribbean, you may have thought that the curse of the Black Pearl was just a name right? No, in French Polynesia, some of the pearls are actually blackish in appearance.As all things are in extremely expensive in Moorea, you could end up re-mortgage your house to buy one (well OK, that is a bit of an exaggeration,...

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  • Monoi

    Monoi is a wonderful product made from coconut oil and different flowers and herbs. The most popular fragrance is that of the Tiare Tahiti. But you can also buy vanilla, coconut and sandalwood scented monoi products.Monoi oil can be used as a moisturizing lotion, a perfume, suntan lotion, mosquito repellent, hairdressing and a massage...

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  • Black Pearls

    The Tahitian black pearl is French Polynesia's biggest export product and, together with the traditional souvenirs, the most sold item to tourists visiting French Polynesia. The beautiful black pearls are produced by the black-lipped oyster living in the lagoons of the Tuamotu and Gambier Islands.When you shop for your black pearls you can make a...

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  • What to buy?

    Most of the islands have souvenir shops and arts and craft centers, where you can find hand-painted pareos, carved Marquesan bowls, ukulele, tikis, woven hats, shell jewelry, vanilla beans, and much more. More than you would expect

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  • POE RAVA (BLACK PEARL)

    There are many pearl farms around the Polynesian lagoons, producing black pearls, from a special oyster found in abundance in this region. The colours of the pearls actually range from pearl white to black and also deep purple, grey and champagne. They are cultured meticulously and used to make various jewellery. Most tourists do not go all the way...

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  • VANILLA PODS

    Moorea had a history of vanilla plantation. Many made fortunes from vanilla production during the early 20th-century. However, due to a disease and tourism, the industry died off.Still, there are some vanilla pods available for sale as souvenirs here.

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  • COCONUT BRAS

    These just crack me up and yes, COCONUT BRAS are for sale in the souvenir stores around Le Petit Village at Hauru Point in Moorea Island. There are even tiny little shells sewn on them. All together now: EWWWWW….

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