Must-see shopping in French Polynesia

  • Marama Tattoo

    Bora Bora

    For traditionally designed tattoos head to this highly rated tattoo studio. Popular, sterile and reliable. Book well ahead as Marama is something of a…

  • La Perle de Maimiti

    Bora Bora

    Not your average pearl shop – it's in a private home – La Perle de Maimiti is run by an experienced salesman who has worked for various pearl companies on…

  • Centre Educatif de Développement

    French Polynesia

    To check out Mangareva’s famous mother-of-pearl carvings, head to this venture, just downhill to the left from the intersection above Cathédrale Saint…

  • Saltwater

    Bora Bora

    This trendsetting boutique has island-made shirts, T-shirts, caps, swimsuits and accessories. They're inspired by traditional island designs and…

  • Farm

    Bora Bora

    Bora Bora does not produce black pearls but you can visit the Farm and see how it’s done thanks to regular demonstrations at the back of the boutique…

  • Tavita

    Ra'iatea & Taha'a

    Tavita is one of the best tattoo artists in the country and is famous for his entirely tattooed face. He creates traditional-style black-ink tattoos and…

  • Te Fare

    Ra'iatea & Taha'a

    Has decently priced clothes, paintings, jewellery, wooden handicrafts and decorative trinkets. The friendly and helpful owner will help you find what you…

  • Galerie Art-Expo

    Ra'iatea & Taha'a

    Art-Expo, at Apooiti Marina, sells a wide variety of jewellery, clothes, decorative trinkets and wooden handicrafts – from mother-of-pearl belts to…

  • Bora Art Upstairs

    Bora Bora

    Loads of Polynesian works of art, including paintings and carvings by local artists and artisans, are sold at this pretty special gallery just next to the…

  • Bora i Te Fanau Tahi – Artisanat

    Bora Bora

    By the Vaitape quay, this crafts centre has lots of stalls selling pareu, basketwork, shell necklaces and bracelets and other crafts produced by island…

  • Fare Artisanal

    Nuku Hiva

    Next to the tourist office, the fare artisanal (craft centre) is a good place to stock up on monoi (fragrant oil), necklaces, bracelets and carvings.

  • Pearla Joaillerie

    Bora Bora

    Jewel designer Laurent Rebstock is big name in the pearl business and has a superb selection of loose pearls and jewellery pieces on show. Prices start at…

  • Galerie Alain et Linda

    Bora Bora

    About halfway between Vaitape and Matira Point, this gallery has a little bit of everything – including a mix of art, books, etchings and pottery.

  • Deep Sea Pearls

    Bora Bora

    This store in the centre of Vaitape has a wide choice of mounted and loose pearls as well as jewellery pieces. Free transfers are available.

  • Galerie Anuanua

    Ra'iatea & Taha'a

    This is a lovely gallery featuring works by island craftspeople, including sculptures, pottery, paintings and mother-of-pearl objects.

  • Damas Taupotini

    Nuku Hiva

    Master carver Damas Taupotini has a workshop across the road from Pae Pae Piki Vehine. He carves pieces from bone, wood and stone.

  • Edgar Tamarii

    Nuku Hiva

    Another renowned carver is Edgar Tamarii, whose workshop is located near Moana Nui hotel. He specialises in woodcarvings.

  • Arii Creation

    Ra'iatea & Taha'a

    Sells a wide variety of clothes and T-shirts all made with local-style floral or patterned fabrics.

  • Tahi Perles

    Ra'iatea & Taha'a

    A family-run pearl farm, a few kilometres south of Uturoa. Has loose and mounted pearls.

  • Vanillère

    Ra'iatea & Taha'a

    One of the best places to buy all sorts of vanilla products; located at Hotopu Bay.

  • Crafts Centre

    The Marquesas

    Woodcarvings by 'Ua Pou masters as well as seed necklaces and other local crafts.

  • Moorea Tattoo


    James Samuela is highly trained, young and professional, and speaks good English.

  • Opeta Tattoo


    Originally from the Marquesas, Opeta specialises in elaborate Marquesan designs.

  • Central Market

    Ra'iatea & Taha'a

    Fruit, vegies and souvenirs. Also a good place to find local vanilla pods.

  • Hei Tattoo

    Ra'iatea & Taha'a

    Isidore Haiti specialises in Marquesan and tribal-style tattoos.

  • Galerie Tai’oa

    Ra'iatea & Taha'a

    Sells a stunning collection of mostly Marquesan woodcarvings.

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