HANDICRAFTS & SHOPPING
Polynesian handicrafts are not only beautifully made, they’re an important part of Tahitian culture and tradition. Polynesian artisans – or mamas – craft hats, baskets and mats from pandanus leaves and coconut palm fronds, showcasing astonishing skill and dexterity.
Pareo or pareu – the sarong – is very important in daily Polynesian life. Worn by both men and women, this large, flowing sarong can be tied in myriad different ways.
Monoï oil is another important item in Polynesian life. It is used during traditional rituals for its medicinal properties and as a beauty treatment for the hair and body. It’s also an effective mosquito repellent.
Tifaifai are attractive hand-sewn bedspreads, bearing mostly botanical patterns, traditionally given as a wedding present.
are another unique item to look out for on Bora Bora. You’ll find a great selection of black pearl jewellery for sale at the Hinerava boutique (www.hinerava.com
SHOPPING IN BORA BORA
There are three shops onsite at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa where you can browse for souvenirs and handicrafts, shop for black pearls or pick up some pampering Thalasso spa products to bring a touch of luxury back home.
If you’re looking for authentic gifts for friends and family, Azur is the perfect place to shop. With handicrafts made by local artisans, designer apparel, handmade jewellery, local art and more, Azur offers a great selection of Polynesian mementos.
Open daily from 9.15am to 5.30pm
Tahitian pearls are world-famous, and the prestigious Hinerava boutique stocks an array of rare pearl colours and unique jewellery designs. Our knowledgeable staff can assist you with information about Tahitian pearls and the inspiration behind Hinerava’s authentic designs.
Open daily from 9am to 7pm
Algotherm boasts more than 30 years’ research and development in marine cosmetics, extracting nutrients from the deep-sea water of the South Pacific to use in its spa products. To complement the use of Algotherm’s natural Polynesian resources, the brand joined forces with Hei Poa, a monoï oil specialist, to produce the Varua line of products. Our spa boutique offers an array of different pampering products, blending marine expertise with Polynesian tradition.
Open daily from 9.30am to 7pm
The main island of Bora Bora offers a selection of shops within close range of the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort on Matira Beach. You’ll find souvenir shops, a supermarket, bike and car rental, snack shops and restaurants, art galleries and even tattoo artists.