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The Islands of Tahiti Shopping and nightlife

Shopping in The Islands of Tahiti

Facilities are concentrated in Papeete. Special purchases include Marquesan woodcarvings, dancing costumes, shell jewellery, Tahitian perfumes, Monoi Tiare Tahiti (coconut oil scented with Tahiti's national flower), vanilla beans and brightly patterned pareu fabrics that make the traditional Tahitian pareo.

Shopping hours

Mon-Fri 0800-1200 and 1330-1700/1730, Sat 0800-1130 hours. Shops sometimes close for lunch, anytime between 1100-1400. Some shopping centres in the suburbs of Tahiti are open Mon-Sat 0730-2200 hours.

Nightlife in The Islands of Tahiti

Papeete is full of life in the evenings with many restaurants and nightclubs. Most hotels feature Tahitian dance shows, bands and other traditional entertainment.

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