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French Polynesian Etiquette Tips

French Polynesia is one of the most laid back vacation spots around. Their motto is "aita pea pea", which means "no worries." So, you should go along with their friendly and relaxed philosophy and enjoy the food, scenery, and culture!

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.

1. Dress Attire

  1. DO dress casually. Shorts are considered appropriate, but long skirts and pants may prevent you from getting eaten alive by sand flies and mosquitoes!

2.Table Manners

  1. DON'T consume alcohol in public, as it's illegal. Public drunkenness is also frowned down upon.
  2. DO eat in public. It's socially acceptable, and food is often sold on carts outside.

3. Tipping

  1. DON'T tip. It isn't customary in French Polynesia.

4. Greetings

  1. DO greet with a handshake. Shake the hands of everyone present. Kissing on the cheek is also an acceptable greeting.

5. Visitors Etiquette

  1. DO take your shoes off upon entering a French Polynesian home.

6. Photo Etiquette

  1. 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!

 
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