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Quotes book "Lonely Planet Tahiti and French Polynesia". If you want/need one, this one is good. (ed. yes)

(ed. also very good...Moon Travel "Tahiti Handbook..." by David Stanley).

I found...just as easy to use U.S. dollars as Tahitian francs. While I was there the exchange rate was something like $1 = 107 French Polynesian francs. In practice the currencies are interchangeable...Just put a period before the last two digits and you'll get the price in dollars--or else think of the francs as cents...You'll usually get back francs in change...only time I needed actual francs was taking Le Truck... (ed. last was $1 = 120)

..Wore culottes or slacks to dinner...cotton shirt...casual and comfortable sun dress. A few of the ladies did like to dress up a bit more for the Grill or Italian requirement, nor did I ever feel underdressed...did take two dressier blouses. Never put them on! It's cotton, cotton and if possible, more cotton...The humidity quickly reduces any attempts at style, and people began dressing more casual with each passing day.

...No jackets for the guys, everybody wore sport shirts or polo shirts with khaki or other cotton slacks.

You'll want to buy a pareu...a big rectangle of cloth that you can wrap around yourself in various ways. All the locals wear them and many of the passengers adopt them too. Great for covering up a swimming suit. They had a "dress native" night during our cruise, and

most people wore them...imagine...something they do every them in Papeete or most other places...central market...great selection...range from $10-20 or a gorgeous one for $22. Men can wear...too. (You may be able to find one at home, but I'd wait until you get to Tahiti...selection is amazing.)

One of the things I like most about French Polynesia...people wear flowers in their hair on a daily basis. You'll see someone just pulling a hibiscus off a bush and tucking it behind her ear on the way to work. Take advantage of the opportunity!

Take everything you believe you could need. If you do not - the chances are you will not have it. Finding a product or substitute (Sunblock, Tylenol, topical ointment, and so on) is near impossible, even in Papeete, which is the big city...area is not developed...much of it's malls, no corner drug stores. If you speak French you might fare better, but even then, everything is imported, and is expensive. The ship's gift shop has a small variety of medicine, film, candy, but is limited by size. After leaving Papeete, there is not really anywhere to shop until you reach Bora Bora.

The beaches often are coral, not sand. Sharp - You will need good rubber soled shoes for walking/snorkeling... found our fins a hindrance much of the time so bought mesh topped shoes in the ship's gift shop for $15.00., to use in the water. If not needed for water, then I'd think Tennis shoes would probably work.   Photo of what we call a watertight wallet, a container to carry your money and credit cards (and ship's id/room key card) while you are diving or snorkeling.  Voit calls this a Key + Money Holder.  Go to for slightly more info on this specific product.  We have one about this size and also a slightly smaller and thinner version (still large enough to carry several credit cards and money).  We prefer the smaller one, but we're not sure if Voit has the smaller version.  (Buil & Diane) prrfnbr=10287  SealLine Seal Pak - Small prrfnbr=10291 
SealLine Seal Pak - Large

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