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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 07, 2017
1 Full Day in Tahiti b/f Moorea - what should we do? Other Questions

Heya,

So we'll be arriving on a late flight from LA to Tahiti - check into the Intercontinental... then we have a full day in Tahiti b/f Moorea then Bora Bora.

So.... here's the thing - I'm not certain what I should do in my full day in Tahiti. Now would you recommend I change US dollars to cfp?

I want: To shop for some pearls (hoping to get loose pearls for maybe earrings/bracelet or looking around for a pearl necklace). I am also thinking there may be some cultural tour we can do? Maybe site see... Or maybe shop for some food/snacks since in Moorea only breakfast is covered (man gotta find some cheap restaurants for dinner) - food in Bora Bora is covered.

Now my problem is... I KNOW I can't do all that in one day. I also have no idea where to go in Tahiti if I wanted to shop for pearls, buy groceries, etc etc

We arrive on Wednesday - the day in question is a Thursday. What time do shops close typically? I'm assuming Taxis should be readily available - do you tip those?

Any advice on how to spend my day in Tahiti is appreciated!

Thanks!



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 24, 2016
Tahitian Pearls 101 Help!!  (4 Answers)

Hey,

 

So... my plan is to spend 1 full day in Tahiti, 5 days in Moorea and 5 days in Bora Bora. So - being a lady here... I love jewelry - and for the men here... I'm single so it's my own paycheck (not my "man's") so no hating ^______^

 

So... here are my questions

 

1- Where would be the best place to buy Tahitian pearls?  I'm interested in buying good quality dark black ones!!  I'm assuming on the main Island of Tahiti - but how readily accessible is it?  I will be staying at the Intercontinental Resort. How about Moorea/Bora Bora - any good options. I know there are pearl farms - and I know you can arrange an excursion/tour to those places - but chances are they are probably the expensive ones (contracted?). Would appreciate any advice on location for my pearly blacks!  I know there are stores that probably sell them on Moorea + BB - but quality vs price vs upmarketing for being on Bora Bora etc.

 

2- How can you tell if they are legit? I know you can "bite"/rub them on your teeth and if it's not smooth, they are real - or so they say. Is there a more hygienic approach?  I suppose if they are from a store they are automatically legit... but if you buy them from a local shop/market/farm?

 

3- Approximately - what price am I looking at? I know it depends on size, color, shape and the amount of "birthmarks" on the pearls... but what am I looking at? I would love to purchase nice black, round ones with little birthmarks - so maybe "good/great quality". I'm assuming buying them separately is more cost effective but you'll have to match them - shouldn't be to hard for earrings... but a necklace... OUCH. Would love a necklace!!! I'm assuming it's expensive - but wouldn't you think that's the cheapest place to buy them since they originated from there?  Again just roughly for good quality ones...

 

4- Do you bargain with the sellers or not? If so how do you approach it? Also - what currency do you use?

 

5- Finally - since we're on the topic of spending hard earned $$$ then feeling bad about it... any cool souvenirs/shops you've seen/can recommend. Thanks!!

 

 

PS.  Feel free to PM me any advice/personal experiences or anyting!!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 08, 2016
Looking for interesting French Islands in the PAcific to visit and maybe live.  (1 Answer)

Some people had told me of very pleasant French Pacific Islands that are accessible only by boat or ship in which life there would be good for a visitor. They were reluctant to name the Islands - which did not seem very generous. Have any of you visited any of these and can name 1 or 2 that you like. Thank you for any help you can offer.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 08, 2016
Finding Hungarians

Hello All!
I spending my Holidays on Moorea since 2 months ago now..
Is anyone knows any Hungarian people here around in French Polynesia?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 31, 2015
Fakarava ATM & Activities  (2 Answers)

Does anyone know if there is an ATM in Rotoava, Fakarava, or anywhere on the atoll of Fakarava? We're visiting on a cruise ship, and while I don't think I'll need many French Polynesian Francs, I would like to be able to get a small amount.

Also, if anyone has been there on a cruise, I'd be interested to see if any excursions were offered at the tender pier there.

Info appreciated!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 01, 2015
are there honeymoon options that are more affordable than others?

My fiance and I are interested in having our honeymoon in the French Polynesia area. He's especially interested in Tahiti, though the expense concerns me. He's got his heart set on staying in an over water bungalow, and he's more of the loungey lazy, "soak in the scenery" type. I'd like to also incorporate a fair amount of photography, and site seeing - I love cool architecture and different shopping areas. I like to be in the midst of the more authentic areas (at least for some of my site seeing)
Money is a concern. We will be flying out of the washington DC area - I know this will be an expensive trip, however, are there some places that offer this mixture for a better cost than others?

I'd really like to get your opinions!!

Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 30, 2014
Moorea Activities  (4 Answers)

My wife and I will be visiting Moorea later this year for 3 days and would love to do the following: Circle Island Guided Tour and a day trip to Papeete using the Jet Turbine Ferry.
Can anyone recommend Tour Operators for the Island Tour?
Any hints for the Ferry ride?
We will be staying at the Hilton in Moorea.
Any information would be very much appreciated. Thank You.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 16, 2014
From Papeete airport to Moorea ferry in a little under an hour?

Hi I fly from Raiatea to Papeete on May 22. The flight arrives at 4:35. I am wondering if I will have enough time to get my bags and get to the ferry to Moorea. I believe the last ferry to Moorea is at 5:30. Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 28, 2013
seventh day adventist family?  (4 Answers)

My wife and I would like to stay with a seventh day adventist family while in french polynesia. Could you help us in this respect?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 22, 2013
Domestic Travel: Book Beforehand or on island?

Hi,

Just wondering what everyones experience with domestic air travel has been regarding booking beforehand or if it is best to book whilst there? We are going from end of October to mid-November, including Moorea (from Tahitit via ferry) and would like to hop over to Bora Bora. I would like to add Huanine or Maupitit but Huanine seems trickier. I'm a go-with-the-flow traveller and hate having to be somewhere by a certain time when I am enjoying a place, but don't want to miss out on some islands.

Thanks for your help!

E.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 06, 2013
Tahiti vacation packages  (2 Answers)

Recently married, my husband and I are looking at Tahiti packages and there are so many. Packages that include breakfast, and/or activities/excursion. Do you recommend certain things in particular that we should look for? (ie if meals are expensive, to have meals or breakfast included)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 21, 2013
What are the best countries to visit in January? (the hottest ones)  (4 Answers)

I am just looking for a beautiful country/resort to stay at for a holiday in January 2014 with my boyfriend. I'm looking for heat between 25-40 Degrees Celsius, I love the hot weather. I don't mind humidity but i prefer sunshine of course.
I don't really have a budget so feel free to say anything that comes to mind!! I just want a country with low rainfall but hot weather!
I know my location says French Polynesia but I really want any country/part of the world.

Also, I live in Australia so preferably not my own country as I want to visit a new and exciting one!
THANKS GUYS AND GIRLS!! 3


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 08, 2013
Bora Bora,Moorea and Tahiti  (5 Answers)

We will be one day on each Island and would like to know your recommendations on tours; we are a senior couple that do not dive, but would love to get the most of our time on each Island. Also are the tours company in Bora Bora the same as Moorea and Tahiti ?
Thank you for your replies


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 06, 2013
Exchange: Pacific Francs into Euros  (2 Answers)

Hi everyone,

does anybody know if banks in Paris chance Pacific Francs into Euros? I've recently gone to Bora Bora and I got home a few XPFs... A shame, but the airport bank was closed by the time I was coming back home (and also in my arrival).

Thanks in advance.

Alex


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 16, 2012
Eletrical plug?  (7 Answers)

What kind of electrical plug is used in French Polinesia?


Whats the limit of baggage between islands? Is there possibility to pay for exccedent weight? How much it cost?

Thanx


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 09, 2012
Currency Conversion  (3 Answers)

Hi everyone,

I'm going to FP next week and I like to know the best place to chance my dollars into XPF.

I'm arriving in Papeet late at night (23:00) and I'm going to Moorea in the morning. Should I make the conversion at the airport? Are their rates too unfair?

Are there banks downtown in Morrea and BB, where the rates are better?

Thanks in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 06, 2012
Maraamu & snorkeling  (1 Answer)

Looking for some advice: I've read somewhat contradictory things about the maraamu trade winds that blow around July. In short, I want to visit several of the islands next July, and this would include doing a lot of snorkeling. Is the weather/wind really that disruptive during that time for snorkeling? Would it be a problem only on some of the isles?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 11, 2012
Stopover near Tahiti  (7 Answers)

Planning a trip for my wife's bday in November to Bora Bora. Probably planning on spending a week in one of those over water bungalows at 4 Seasons-type resort. I get bored spending that much time on a beach... Is there any city or interesting location that is an easy connection to tahiti? Maybe spend 3 days in a city and 4 days in Bora Bora? Any Asian or Australian cities easy to get to and from? Thanks...


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 04, 2012
Intercontinental or Hilton Hotels  (7 Answers)

Considering the facilities, beauty, structure and prices which one is better: Hilton or Intercontinental (Thalasso)?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 12, 2012
Needing honeymoon advice please!  (6 Answers)

I am starting to look at a honeymoon in Bora Bora. I am also looking at Santorini in the Greek Islands. Which would you prefer? suggestions for hotel in Bora bora? How long does it take to get there from LAX? Our budget is around 7000 all said and done. Thanks for any help you can provide!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2012
Feb. weather?  (3 Answers)

I'd love to cruise the islands, but I notice the cruise ships seem to be there in winter. I've read that's the rainy season. I found a February cruise with the itinerary I want, but I'm worried the cruise will be ruined by tropical storms & rain.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 10, 2012
FP in November  (4 Answers)

I've read that the weather in FP in November is not so good, is that true?
Does it rain a lot in November? Is it likely to occur cyclones?
Is it worth going to FP in November?
Thanks in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 01, 2012
CRUISE OR LAND TRIP  (3 Answers)

I have one question for those who had the opportunity to know the French Polynesia by ship and in a ordinary trip. Which one is better? a land trip or a cruise.

I have two choises:

a) 11-day-cruise (4 days in papeete and 7 days in Paul Guaging Ship - Raiatea, Taha'a, Bora Bora and Morea), or

b) a nine-day-trip (Morea, Bora Bora and Papeete).

It's not about the money. In truth, I'd like to know the best way to get to know the Frenh Polynesia.

Thanks, in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2012
Maupiti Express  (4 Answers)

I'd like to know if Maupiti express is still working in June From Bora Bora to Maupiti. Is it an hard navigation? Better to fly. Is it other ferry available?
thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 05, 2012
Travel Companion  (3 Answers)

Hello!
I'd like to visit Tahiti (especially Bora Bora and Papeete) in May or June and my dates are flexible.

I am looking for a travel companion to share the experience and I am very open to the route planning, things to do, etc...

I have traveled a lot: as member of groups, couple, with friends, solo. I could do this trip alone. However, I'd prefer to share the experience with a travelbuddy.

This is the first time I post such a request and I hope it's going to work.

Do not hesitate to get back to me if you need more information.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 08, 2012
PRICES IN BORA BORA  (6 Answers)

Hello,

I intend to go to FP in October. I've been searching a little about price of food and of activities to do there. Is there anyone that could help me by giving a reliable comment of how much I should spent in a nine-day-trip (2 days in Papeete, 3 days in Bora Bora and 3 days in Moorea).
I'm staying at Sofitel Hotels in Bora Bora and Morrea, are they good?
Thanks in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 26, 2011
Help! Thoughts on my 4 questions appreciated..  (6 Answers)

Hi everyone

My mum now over her 50s always told that she couldn't pass away before going over to BoraBora.. So I've decided to take her there, also with a fief of mine, next august. I'm already checking things with a few travel agents but I wanted a more honest opinion so to speak. I wanted you thoughts on:

- we are going to stay at thalasso for four to five nights

- we are also being suggested to stay at Moorea at the Hilton or Legends for three nights

- we are going to in the first week of august

- we are not divers and we are also amateur snorkelers

And I'm on a dilemma around the following after reading so many opinions:

1) is Moorea that amazing that is a must visit or could you replace it by Tahaa and Huahine easily...? I've heard so many good things about these two islands and Moorea being busy... If you agree would you go for both of these two besides BoraBora?

2) we just love flat sea, idealic sceneries - do these islands get a lot of wind compromising the transparency of the water?

3) due to budget do you think that doing london to LA in economic, LA to Tahiti in business, Tahiti to LA in business and then LA to London in premium would e comfortable enough? I had a terrible time going to Thailand in economic...

4) 10 nights would enough? 4 nights at bora bora and then two other islands, 3 nights each?

So many thanks in advance for guiding me through

Nuno


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 30, 2011
Recipe for Tahitian Vanilla Sauce  (2 Answers)

We just returned from an amazing trip to French Polynesia including Tahiti, Raiatea and Bora Bora. So hard to leave!

During our visit I became addicted to a creamy vanilla sauce served on tuna and mahi mahi dishes. Before we left, I had time to buy some vanilla powder, but could not find a cookbook with a recipe for that magic vanilla sauce.

Does anyone know a recipe for it - if so I would be very greatful if you could post it here or send it via email to [email]

Thank you!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 30, 2011
Which islands in French Polynesia?  (15 Answers)

I am planning a trip to French Polynesia for one month in December. I would like to stay on islands where it's possible to get around by bycicle or motorbike and find accessible beaches without necessarily going on a different motu every day. My budget is limited and I don't like too touristy spots. Any suggestions?
Thank you for any advice.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 06, 2011
Bora Bora - Bus between Vaitape Quay and Matira Point  (1 Answer)

We will be flying into Bora Bora at 5:35pm and need to get to Hotel Maitai on Matira Point.

The Lonely Planet book says the ferry from the airport motu to the Vaitape Quay is included in the price of our airline ticket and that there is a regular bus from the quay to the hotels at Matira Point for 500 XPF per person.

Can anyone confirm this bus still operates and whether it is reliable at that time of the evening? This sounds like a better option than 2,100 each way per person for the transfer quoted by the hotel. How much would a taxi cost?

When we leave Hotel Maitai, we will be moving to the Pearl Beach Resort and we have a free transfer to the Pearl from the Le Pahia’s commercial centre in Vaitape at 12:30pm. I am wondering if the same bus mentioned above has a regular schedule so we can use it to get back to Vaitape from Matira Point even though we will not be catching a flight that day??

Thanks in advance for any advice! :)



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