It's the custom to shake hands at least once a day with people you know. If you are meeting a group, you should shake hands with everybody, even if you don't know them.
The official language of French Polynesia is French, although the unofficial language, Tahitian, is probably more widely spoken. English is spoken by some native islanders and most will be happy to answer questions and help you.
Learning a few Tahitian words will open the door to getting to know the locals better.
TASTING LOCAL DISHES
Tahitians like people who are willing to try their local dishes, such as poisson cru (marinated raw fish). If someone offers, you should try it, but it doesn't mean you have to finish it.
There is no obligation to tip, but it is always appreciated. When you arrive at the hotel and this subject is still not clear to you please see the concierge and we will explain everything to you.
DID YOU KNOW ?
TAHITI Golf Atimaono
Tahiti's Atimaono golf course is located about 45 minutes from the hotel. A cotton and then a sugarcane plantation, it became Tahiti's first golf course in 1970.
TAHITI Legend of Tahiti the fish
Legend says Tahiti was transplanted from Raiatea, transformed into a fish and then became land again.
TAHITI Local festivals
There are many cultural festivals in Tahiti, especially in the month of July when the Heiva I Tahiti takes place. If you are lucky enough to be in Tahiti during the Heiva we may arrange everything for you, transfers, tickets ext.
TAHITI Surfing at Teahupo'o
Teahupo'o is one of the best surf spots in the world. Professional competitions are held here every year. This is rated the most dangerous wave in the world by all professional surfers. We may arrange a private tour of this area.
WHAT TO PACK
Bring a universal adaptor as you may have difficulty purchasing one here. The voltage is 220v and you will mostly find type E power plugs (French plugs format)
The French Pacific Franc (XPF) is the local currency. It is best to bring US dollars and exchange them once you arrive. Its always good to keep at least some local currency handy.
We do have shopping areas, but our location is still remote and it may be difficult to find certain things, particularly electronic items. Bring necessities such as a digital camera, iPod charger and extra memory cards.
Take reef shoes with you. Corals, shells and fish may hurt if you step on them with bare feet. If you need to purchase them when you arrive please see the Concierge desk and we will advise you where to buy.
Do not forget your sun cream. A good pair of sunglasses and a hat are also essential.