Definitely channeled my Art Nouveau obsession into this one like crazy, but I think it worked out fine that way. Glad I thought of tiare flowers too, they fit the theme while also giving me something light colored that would pop against all her dark tones.
Thanks to Tahiti Tourism Office we had the best VIP welcome ever in Tahiti with a group of local dancers.
Big thanks to Air Tahiti Nui for flying us from Tokyo - it takes some 12 hours, and you leave Tokyo in the afternoon and reach Tahiti Faa’a in the early morning hours. What I loved about Air Tahiti Nui was that you receive a fresh gardenia flower straight during boarding, so even during a takeoff in Tokyo you start feeling holiday mood.
Les grottes de Mara’a - Mara’a natural caves reserve.
Le Laboratoire du Formulateur (+689 87 77 37 64) is a place where you can learn everything about moon oil, they produce moon for majority of French luxury brands, but it is also possible to follow a workshop (which we did) and create your own moon oil.
Here is how the bar of various monoi oils looks like. This oil has fantastic moisturizing proprieties on hair and skin and has been used by the locals for ages. It smells beautiful. Monoi oil is a tiare flower macerated in coconut oil. Tiare is a special Tahitian gardenia plant with beautiful white flowers.
Later in the afternoon we went to Intercontinental Tahiti to see Robert Wan pearl shop.
Tahitian black pearls.
This pearls are being farmed on private islands of French Polynesia, where the water is clear and without any traces of pollution. The pearls are created by black-lipped oysters. and carefully selected, the color is dark black or green.
The very first farmed pearls were made in Japan, where in 1888 it was discovered that if a foreign body is placed into an oyster, it will either be covered with layers of a substance called nacre, or rejected.
And in the evening back to Le Meridien Tahiti. The island life starts early and by 5pm shops close, apart from a few local bars and hotel venues. Many Tahitians go to bed around 8-9pm, and wake up very early to enjoy the beauty of the island during the daylight.