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Pearl Museum

Cultured pearls, particularly the famed Tahitian black pearl, are French Polynesia's main export and the best buy for visitors to the islands. If you are planning to shop for pearls it is wise to first stop by the Pearl Museum in Papeete where you can find out all about these 'gems of the sea' and learn to judge their quality.

Information & Facts

Address

Vaima Center, Rue Jeanne d'Arc, Papeete

Admission

Free

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

Open Monday to Saturday 8am to 7pm, Sunday and public holidays 9am to 7pm

Time

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

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