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French Polynesian Etiquette Tips
French Polynesians are incredibly amiable and hospitable to visitors. Etiquette-wise, almost everything goes. The most important part is to be friendly to everyone around you and have a great time. You'll fit in with no problem at all! Below are some basic etiquette tips for you to keep in mind on your trip.
- DO dress
casually. Shorts are considered appropriate,
but long skirts and pants may prevent
you from getting eaten alive by sand flies
- DON'T consume alcohol in public, as it's illegal. Public drunkenness is also frowned down upon.
- DO eat in public. It's socially acceptable, and food is often sold on carts outside.
- DON'T tip. It isn't customary in French Polynesia.
- DO greet with a handshake. Shake the hands of everyone present. Kissing on the cheek is also an acceptable greeting.
- DO take your shoes off upon entering a French Polynesian home.
- DO take plenty of photos! It's acceptable to take photos of people without even asking permission. You may also take pictures of religious statues, airports, churches, synagoges, etc. Pretty much nothing is taboo to photograph in French Polynesia.
Another popular expression in French Polynesia is "haere maru", which means "take it easy." Take those words to heart on your trip to French Polynesia. So, "Haere maru" and have a wonderful trip!