Polynesia remains synonymous with a people with a frank smile and legendary hospitality. It all starts when the traveller arrives at the airport. Expected, he will be offered a magnificent necklace of Tahitian tiare flowers or hibiscus, with majestic scents, under the soft sound of the guitar and the ukulele. With the words "Ia Orana", "Maeva" and "Manava", the Polynesians will greet him and welcome him. On his departure, he will be given a shell necklace to thank him for his visit and wish him an excellent trip.
A very rich craft industry :
Few travellers return empty-handed from Polynesia. As a souvenir, a craft object purchased on one of the islands or atolls visited. In the Marquesas, they will be able to visit tiki sculptors, human representations of deities carved in wood, stone, or other materials. Their proportions symbolize power, abundance and kindness. On the Society Islands, many craft huts offer necklaces, tapas, pandanus braided objects, such as bags and hats, or tifaifai.
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