Tahiti Travel Guide
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WHERE TO GO
Collette Street and François Cardella Street
A couple of blocks from the docks, this 150-year-old market is truly the heart of the city. If you can, visit on Sunday morning (5 a.m. to 9 a.m.; open other days 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.), when local families shop for produce. Stock up on souvenirs like woven hats and baskets, oils and soaps, vanilla, shell jewelry and pareus—they're all better and cheaper here than on most other islands—plus tropical fruit and flowers for your room. Don't worry about haggling: It's not done here.
Over the past 40 years, Albert and his crew have pretty much cornered the market in quality tours, from lagoon sunset cruises to 4x4 Jeep safaris—and there's no point resisting. Having him customize something for just the two of you is the best idea.
VAIPOE PEARL FARM AND TOURS
Taha'a is the black-pearl capital, and this is one of three pearl farms open for touring. It's well worth it—you learn how oysters switch gender partway through their lives and other arcane bivalve facts. And, of course, you will see their beautiful fruits, which you can buy at wholesale prices.
RAANUI SHARK-FEEDING TOURS
Adventure-seeking couples get right on board with this tour company that offers shark and stingray feedings. The tour company picks up fearless visitors anywhere on Bora Bora in an outrigger canoe and supervises as they plunge into the water in close proximity to four-foot reef sharks. The snorklers are protected by a single rope, which the sharks apparently perceive as a dangerous net.