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The best thing to bring home from a trip to Moorea is something that will stay with you forever. To commemorate this trip of a lifetime, you may feel inspired to get an authentic Tahitian tattoo. If so, the best local spot is Moorea Tattoo, located between Tiki Village and Painapo Beach. The owner, James Samuela, is a native Tahitian whose ancestors were among the first tattoo artists in Tahiti. Today, he's one of the last few artists in French Polynesia who still practices traditional Polynesian tattoo. His artwork is truly one of a kind, and he'll design a tattoo that best compliments your body and your personality. Just make sure to schedule an appointment ahead of time.
If body art is not your style, the other must-have item is a Tahitian black pearl. For the best selection of pearls, visit Tahia Collins near Le Petit Village or any of the Robert Wan boutiques. There's a location at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa, and also another one at the InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa.