Bora Bora

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Radiant black pearls are the island’s most precious souvenirs – available at both high-end shops and crafts markets. Other sought-after gifts include Tahitian vanilla, colorful pareus (sarongs), local artwork, and tiare-scented manoi oil.

Shopping in Bora Bora

Bora Home

This new and attractive boutique in Vaitape carries a chic and eclectic mix of locally crafted jewelry, pareus, apparel, and housewares. The jewelry selection is particularly impressive, with unique pieces by local artists such as JC Creation by Jean-Christophe, (wooden tiki necklaces), Heremoana (carved mother of pearl with Tahitian black pearls), and Dolce Perla (Tahitian pearls combined with stone, coral, and wood).

Bora Bora, 011-689-67-58-54
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Centre d'Artisinale de Bora Bora

Located in the tourist office in Vaitape, this collection of stalls is the best place to find affordable, locally produced handicrafts including baskets, pareus, carved mother-of-pearl jewelry, tikis, fragrant soaps, and monoi oil.

Vaitape, Bora Bora,
Tags: shopping | art | things to do | jewelry | souvenirs | crafts

Galerie Alain et Linda

Alain and Linda, a French couple who both studied art in Paris, have a well-regarded gallery near Matira Beach. They carry a wide range of high-quality work in a variety of mediums (paintings, sculptures, pottery, hand-painted pareus) by local artists.

Near Matira Beach, Bora Bora, 011-689-67-70-32,
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Manea Spa at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

Although the ubiquitous skin-softening monoi oil is carried at boutiques and spas island-wide, one of the most authentic and appealing places to purchase it is at the Manea Spa at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa. Available in five unique scents, from sensual tiare and soothing vanilla to invigorating grapefruit and delicious coconut-banana, it makes a great souvenir.

Bora Bora Pearl Resort & Spa, Motu Tevairoa, Bora Bora, 011-689-60-52-00,
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One of several places to buy the island’s must-have black pearls is OPEC (Office Polynesien d’Expertise et de Commercialisation), located in Vaitape, where they appraise the treasures using state-of-the-art gemological equipment. Buy pearls individually or embedded in necklaces.

Vaitape, Bora Bora,
Tags: shopping | things to do | traditional | jewelry | souvenirs

Parara Mountain Artist

Most of the pareus in Bora Bora’s tourist shops are mass-produced in Asia. For locally hand-painted pareus, seek out Parara Mountain Artist, the studio of Emmanuel Masson in Faanui in the Valley. The wraps may be pricy, but they’re still a bargain for a work of art.

Emmanuel Masson, Bora Bora, 011-689-67-65-31
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Tahia Collins

For exclusive designs incorporating black pearls, visit Tahia Collins’s boutique in downtown Vaitape. (She also has shops on Moorea and in Papeete.) Collins was born and still lives on Moorea and her contemporary creations earned her the title “Jeweler of the Year” in 2006-2007 from the Hawaiian Jewelers Association.

Tahia Collins, Bora Bora, 011-689-60-37-00,
Tags: luxury | shopping | jewelry | souvenirs | designer

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