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Tahiti.

French Polynesia Facts & Information

 Location Oceania, archipelagoes in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from South America to Australia
 Climate Tropical, but moderate
 Terrain Mixture of rugged high islands and low islands with reefs
 Population 270,485
 Nationality French Polynesian
 Ethnic groups Polynesian 78%, Chinese 12%, local French 6%, metropolitan French 4%
 Religions Protestant 54%, Roman Catholic 30%, other 10%, no religion 6%
 Languages French 61.1% (official), Polynesian 31.4% (official), Asian languages 1.2%, other 0.3%
 Government Type N/A
 Capital Papeete
 Currency Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc (XPF)
 Description of Flag Two narrow red horizontal bands encase a wide white band; centered on the white band is a disk with blue and white wave pattern on the lower half and gold and white ray pattern on the upper half; a stylized red, blue and white ship rides on the wave pattern.
 French Polynesia Flag French Polynesia Flag

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Tahiti Culture

The Tahitian people maintain their heritage and tradition through oral history based on the adventures of gods and warriors. Surfing, a common leisurly sport, practiced throughout the Island, is actualy the sport of the gods. Surf riding was favored by the Kings and due to this colorful legend the people of Tahiti keep the sport apart of their lives to preserve the history and tradition of ancient Maohi ancesory. All through out the island, the Polynesian people have

rich and colorful tattoos which represent Tahitian culture. The word tatto originated in tahiti and each tatto has a certain asthetic meaning. Native tattoos describe all sorts of objects in nature such as oceans and the sun. In Polynesian culture tattoos are signs of beauty and in earlier times were ceremoniously applied when reaching adolescence. Tropical flowers are found everywhere on the island, but did you know that the Hibiscus blossoms are apart of the Tahitian culture as well? Tradition holds that if taken, women and men wear a flower behind their left ear. Be apart of the culture and remember this fact when wearing your Hibiscus flower behind your ear.

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Tahiti Culture

The Tahitian people maintain their heritage and tradition through oral history based on the adventures of gods and warriors. Surfing, a common leisurly sport, practiced throughout the Island, is actualy the sport of the gods. Surf riding was favored by the Kings and due to this colorful legend the people of Tahiti keep the sport apart of their lives to preserve the history and tradition of ancient Maohi ancesory. All through out the island, the Polynesian people have

rich and colorful tattoos which represent Tahitian culture. The word tatto originated in tahiti and each tatto has a certain asthetic meaning. Native tattoos describe all sorts of objects in nature such as oceans and the sun. In Polynesian culture tattoos are signs of beauty and in earlier times were ceremoniously applied when reaching adolescence. Tropical flowers are found everywhere on the island, but did you know that the Hibiscus blossoms are apart of the Tahitian culture as well? Tradition holds that if taken, women and men wear a flower behind their left ear. Be apart of the culture and remember this fact when wearing your Hibiscus flower behind your ear.

More Information:
 www.state.gov

 

Tahiti Shopping

Shopping in Tahiti is an interesting experience of its own. The Pareu is considered the islands national garment and can be bought in most of the stores on the island. A popular buy on Tahiti are the French perfumes. Due to the duty free shops on the island, perfumes are sold at prices that are lower than the fashion capitals of the world, such as Paris and New York. Other interesting shopping items are Marquesan drums, ukuleles and shell jewelry. A

popular place to shop with the visitors is the Papeete public market. There you are sure to find something that will intrigue even the most pickiest buyers that come visit the island.

 

Tahiti Shopping

Shopping in Tahiti is an interesting experience of its own. The Pareu is considered the islands national garment and can be bought in most of the stores on the island. A popular buy on Tahiti are the French perfumes. Due to the duty free shops on the island, perfumes are sold at prices that are lower than the fashion capitals of the world, such as Paris and New York. Other interesting shopping items are Marquesan drums, ukuleles and shell jewelry. A

popular place to shop with the visitors is the Papeete public market. There you are sure to find something that will intrigue even the most pickiest buyers that come visit the island.

 

Tahiti Restaurants
   
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in Tahiti. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.
Name Address Phone Cuisine
 Auberge du Pacifique Punaauia 43.98.30 French
 L'Api'zzeria Bd. Pomare 42.98.30 Italian
 Le Rubis 16 rue Jeanne d'Arc 43.25.55 French
 Le Lotus Papeete 86.51.10 French
 Lou Pescadou Rue Anne-Marie Javouhey 43.74.26 Italian

 

Tahiti Restaurants
   
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in Tahiti. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.
Name Address Phone Cuisine
 Auberge du Pacifique Punaauia 43.98.30 French
 L'Api'zzeria Bd. Pomare 42.98.30 Italian
 Le Rubis 16 rue Jeanne d'Arc 43.25.55 French
 Le Lotus Papeete 86.51.10 French
 Lou Pescadou Rue Anne-Marie Javouhey 43.74.26 Italian

 


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