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Le Marche

The vibrant heart of Papeete is its fascinating public market, where for more than 150 years traders have touted a vast array of exotic goods from Tahitian arts and crafts, to fragrant oils, flowers, fruit, straw hats, seashell jewellery and pareus (sarongs). The market is particularly colourful and lively in the late afternoon when the day's catch is brought in from the fishing boats, and on Sunday mornings when the island families traditionally do their weekly shopping.

Information & Facts

Address

Two blocks from the Papeete waterfront, opposite the cruise-liner dock

Language

French and Tahitian are the official languages; English is widely spoken.

Money

The unit of currency in French Polynesia is the French Pacific Franc (XPF), divided into 100 centimes. The exchange rate is fairly stable as it is linked to the Euro. Banks throughout the islands are open mainly on weekdays only and are the best place to change foreign currency; rates of exchange are not as good at hotels. There are ATMs on a few of the islands, but shouldn't be relied upon. Most hotels and resorts will exchange travellers cheques in US$ or Euros, and credit cards and US currency is readily accepted on the main islands. Tourism taxes are levied for accommodation and activities.

Opening Times

Daily 7.30am to 6pm

Time

GMT -10 (The Marquesas Islands are half an hour ahead of the rest of French Polynesia).

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