Papeete Guided Morning Tour
The local currency is the French Pacific Franc but credit cards are accepted in many places and some businesses take US dollars.
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Myths and legends about pearls appear in cultures throughout the world. The early Chinese considered them a symbol of wisdom, and believed they were formed inside a dragon's head.
The Japanese thought pearls were the tears of mermaids, nymphs, and angels. And Persian legend says they were created when a rainbow met the earth after a storm.
Black pearls are much rarer, said to be a symbol of hope for wounded hearts. They've been linked to Cupid, and are believed to be a healing gift from the gods.
In Tahitian mythology, Oro, the god of fertility, brought a magic oyster called the Ufi to the Polynesian people. When he discovered a beautiful black pearl inside the Ufi, he gave it to princess Bora Bora as a token of his love.
In Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) folklore, the tears of Adam and Eve as they were cast out of Paradise created a lake of pearls. Eve, who cried the hardest, created white pearls; Adam, trying to control his emotions, cried rarer black pearls.
What isn't a myth, but is certainly legendary, is the way Robert Wan built an empire on the black pearl. Starting from modest beginnings, Wan Enterprises now produce more than half of the black pearls in French Polynesia. Which is why The Black Pearl Museum bears his name.
Thanks for the bounty
The stalls at the Papeete Market overflow with flowers and luscious tropical fruits. But while the banana, coconut, and breadfruit are indigenous, the pineapple is not. It originated in South America, and was introduced to Polynesia in the 18th century by Capt. Bligh and the crew of the Bounty. After exoneration on charges stemming from the mutiny, Bligh later transported Tahitian breadfruit all the way to the West Indies, where it's still very popular in Puerto Rico.
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