Made with love, care and knowledge passed down through generations, Polynesian handicrafts are an important part of the culture and heritage of French Polynesia. At the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, we host demonstrations where guests can observe the process and skills behind each craft.
Pareo or pareu—the sarong—is very important in daily Polynesian life. Worn by both men and women, this large, flowing cloth can be tied in myriad ways.
Monoi oil is another item key to life in French Polynesia. It is used during traditional rituals, for medicinal properties, and as a body and hair beauty treatment. The oil is also an effective mosquito repellent, recommended for use around the resort.
Tifaifai are attractive hand-sewn bedspreads bearing mostly botanical patterns, which are traditionally given as a wedding present.
The InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort is home to a Robert Wan black pearl boutique. As the most prestigious pearl producer in French Polynesia, it offers magnificent collections of jewelry spanning from chokers to opulent sets, plus loose pearls. Every purchase includes a certificate of origin and authenticity.
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
From the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, guests have easy access to shopping in the main city of Vaitape, which includes souvenir shops, a supermarket, bike and car rental, snack shops and restaurants, art galleries and even tattoo artists.