The most precious souvenirs that you take home from a vacation or honeymoon in Bora Bora will be your memories of spending time together in such a beautiful and romantic place. There are a variety of souvenirs for purchase which will keep your memories alive for years to come or help you share them with friends and family back home.
Best Souvenirs from Bora Bora
Here are some best Souvenirs from Bora Bora:
The Tahiti black pearls are world famous. They are very rare and are formed from the black lip oyster. While Tahitian pearls come in a variety of colors, including pink, green, blue, silver and yellow, the rarest and most valuable hue is only the black pearl. When you see one, then you will want another. These orbs grown on the pearl farms which is located in the lagoons. They well known as Black pearls. But they come in shades that range from dusky purple and gray-blue to peacock green and bronze. Also, they range in quality, size, and price. Black pearls with uneven shapes or surface flaws (low quality) are usually sold in local markets for $40-$60 a piece, while a high-quality single Black pearl cost upwards of $250. For a full strand Black pearl cost from $1,000 to $10,000.
The hand-woven sarongs are another beautiful handicraft from French Polynesia to remind you of your vacation. They are colorful and vibrant. Need to know that the word pareu is often used to mean to wrap something. The origins of the pareu is able to be traced back to early Tahitian clothing that was traditionally made from leaves of banana and coconuts, as well as the husk and fibres of coconuts, hibiscus, paper mulberry bark and breadfruit. The word of Tahitian for sarong, pareus come in a rainbow of patterns and colors. They are for sale everywhere from the resorts to souvenir shops to art galleries. Most of the cheaper rayon and cotton pareus costing approximately $25 – $40 in the markets in Papeete on Tahiti, and in Vaitape on Bora Bora are produced in Asia. Pareus made in Tahiti often hand-painted by local artists. Usually, they are sold in upscale boutiques and galleries with cost two to three times as much.
The Polynesian-style patchwork quilts called as Tahitian tifaifai. They are a beautiful and brightly-colored craft to remind you of French Polynesia. The word tifaifai means to mend, sew or patch. These colorful hand-sewn floral quilts used to wrap a bride and groom as one at the end of a traditional Polynesian wedding ceremony. They are for sale in lots of crafts boutiques and can bring a tropical ambiance to any room back home. They cost some hundred dollars minimum as their beauty makes them quite labor-intensive.
Mother of Pearl Jewellery
Tahitian jewellery features carvings of the shimmering mother of pearl shell. You are going to find many pendants and earrings through the islands in beautiful shapes and designs. If your budget does not quite extend to the rare black pearls of Tahiti, then mother of pearl jewellery is a beautiful choice. It is more affordable reminder of your time next to the ocean. Besides working with black pearls, Tahitian jewelry artisans are also known for their intricate carving of mother of pearl, the shimmery, multicolored lining of oyster shells. You will be able to look for round or rectangular pendants and earrings, several with Tahitian black pearls inset, as well as rings and bracelets.
Hinano Beer T-shirts
You are able to celebrate Tahiti’s local brew with a Hinano beer t-shirt, the equivalent of a “I Heart New York” souvenir shirt, a Hinamo beer tee is the ticket to remembering another culture of Tahiti, its beer industry. While many female visitors to Tahiti will not want to leave without a black pearl bauble, male counterparts will be eager to take home a t-shirt bearing the ubiquitous logo of Tahiti’s national lager, Hinano. The logo is of a long haired Tahitian woman in a red and white floral pareu with a blue background and white palm trees. Now, all sorts of variations are available.
Monoi Oil and Soap
Monoi Oil is the scent of Tahiti. It made by traditional Tahitian methods. This Monoi oil is a mix of coconut oil and the tiare flower which is Tahiti’s national flower. It is used by generations of Tahitian women as the ideal skin softener and hair tamer. This oil is made from coconut oil infused with a tropical fragrance. It is traditionally the fragrance of the tiare (Tahitian gardenia), but can also be coconut, vanilla, banana or even grapefruit. Also, this oil is used to make a variety of fragrant bath soaps.
Generally, Vanilla pods from Tahiti tend to be a lot larger and plumper than other varieties. The aroma is heavy. The taste is often described as a bit more fruity and flora. It is available as beans or as an extract. This spice is grown especially on the islands of Taha’a and Raiatea. After a week of dining on mahi-mahi with vanilla sauce and every vanilla dessert possible, you want to bring some grown-in-Tahiti vanilla home to keep your taste buds happy.
Tribal carvings and sculptures are able to be seen throughout lots of Polynesian islands. But, what you are going to see in Tahiti varies from other island nations. Several of them relate to mythology or cultural creation story such as Tahiti’s Tiʻi, the first man created from red earth. There are lots of other locally designed and crafted wooden carvings that you can pick up in French Polynesia.
If you would rather a permanent symbol of your time in Tahiti, consider a tattoo from the birthplace of ink designs. Even, the word tattoo in English is believed to come from the Tahitian word tatau. In Polynesian history, tattoos are able to dictate a person’s social or tribal rank, their family connections and territory.
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