Tahitians emphasize the French word joie de vivre – which means “joy of life”. To ensure you experience the joy of life whilst visiting this French Polynesian country it would be beneficial to learn some cultural etiquette before you visit. It wouldn’t hurt to learn some French as well!

Lunch is the most important meal of the day.

The main meal of the day in Tahiti is generally served at lunch time.

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The legal drinking age is 21.

So if you’re going to Tahiti to celebrate your 18th – don’t expect to be served alcohol in this country. Drinking alcohol in public and public drunkenness is not only frowned upon – but illegal.

Tipping in Tahiti is not required.

The local Custom is that hospitality and Customer Service is paramount. So it goes against the Tahitian’s customs for travellers to tip.

Flowers in Tahiti have a meaning.

Tahitians love flowers and are often worn by both men and women. If you wear a flower behind the left ear, it means that love is taken. So if you’re single and available wear a flower behind your right ear, as this means the heart is vacant for love.

Going topless.

Going topless on some beaches may be acceptable in Tahiti, but be more reserved and cover up around pools at the Hotel and bar areas.

Take your shoes off.

One item of clothing you should always take off is your shoes when entering someone’s home in Tahiti. People will greet each other with a handshake or kiss on the cheek, and it is considered rude not to greet everyone in the room (unless it’s a large group of people).

Take it easy.

Another common and popular expression in French Polynesian countries is “haere maru” which means “take it easy”. So with these few tips on etiquette and some common sense you will be able to “haere maru” and have a great trip to Tahiti.

Find out more before you travel at smartraveller.gov.au’s page for French Polynesia.