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    • Tahitian Pearls 101 Help!!

      French Polynesia Dec 24, 2016 at 1:01 PM

      Hey,

       

      So... my plan is to spend 1 full day in Tahiti, 5 days in Moorea and 5 days in Bora Bora. So - being a lady here... I love jewelry - and for the men here... I'm single so it's my own paycheck (not my "man's") so no hating ^______^

       

      So... here are my questions

       

      1- Where would be the best place to buy Tahitian pearls?  I'm interested in buying good quality dark black ones!!  I'm assuming on the main Island of Tahiti - but how readily accessible is it?  I will be staying at the Intercontinental Resort. How about Moorea/Bora Bora - any good options. I know there are pearl farms - and I know you can arrange an excursion/tour to those places - but chances are they are probably the expensive ones (contracted?). Would appreciate any advice on location for my pearly blacks!  I know there are stores that probably sell them on Moorea + BB - but quality vs price vs upmarketing for being on Bora Bora etc.

       

      2- How can you tell if they are legit? I know you can "bite"/rub them on your teeth and if it's not smooth, they are real - or so they say. Is there a more hygienic approach?  I suppose if they are from a store they are automatically legit... but if you buy them from a local shop/market/farm?

       

      3- Approximately - what price am I looking at? I know it depends on size, color, shape and the amount of "birthmarks" on the pearls... but what am I looking at? I would love to purchase nice black, round ones with little birthmarks - so maybe "good/great quality". I'm assuming buying them separately is more cost effective but you'll have to match them - shouldn't be to hard for earrings... but a necklace... OUCH. Would love a necklace!!! I'm assuming it's expensive - but wouldn't you think that's the cheapest place to buy them since they originated from there?  Again just roughly for good quality ones...

       

      4- Do you bargain with the sellers or not? If so how do you approach it? Also - what currency do you use?

       

      5- Finally - since we're on the topic of spending hard earned $$$ then feeling bad about it... any cool souvenirs/shops you've seen/can recommend. Thanks!!

       

       

      PS.  Feel free to PM me any advice/personal experiences or anyting!!!

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    • vehicle rental

      by DTJ19060 Online Now Dec 24, 2014 at 4:19 AM

      Do you know of some car rentals in Nuku Hiva who would meet us at the dock
      with the vehicle? We had a 4WD rented, but since the cruise line changed the itinerary,
      I haven't been able to contact the company to change our date. I wonder if it being Jan 1,
      2015, makes any difference. Thank you for helping.
      Janet

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      Has anyone been to Nuku Hiva?

      by rsgoers Online Now Nov 19, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      What was your impression of the island, where did you stay and what did you do?

      1 Answer Nov 20, 2014 at 4:37 AM
    • Nuku Hiva day tours

      by cl3150 Online Now Sep 29, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      We'll be in Nuku Hiva in mid-January for a day on a cruise. Can anyone recommend a reliable qualified agency that does tours of the area?

      Carl

      1 Answer Oct 15, 2012 at 5:17 AM