18 Must Bring Home Souvenirs From Bora Bora

Looking for the perfect souvenirs to bring back from Bora Bora? Here is my go-to, perfect souvenirs from Bora Bora.

Looking for the perfect souvenirs to bring back from Bora Bora? While you’ll find some trinkets in the souvenir shop, let me share my go-to souvenirs that will make your memories of this tropical paradise last a lifetime.

Tahitian Black Pearls and Mother of Pearls Jewelry

Tahitian Black Pearls

No trip to Bora Bora is complete without bringing home the iconic Tahitian Black Pearls. These pearls are truly special, known for their unique colors and exceptional quality, making them a highly coveted souvenir. You’ll be captivated by the range of shapes and sizes available, with stunning jewelry pieces like earrings, necklaces, and bracelets to choose from. Don’t forget to also explore the beautiful mother of pearl jewelry options, each piece handcrafted and truly unique.

📍 Where to buy? When it comes to buying these precious gems, you’ll find pearl shops in every resort. However, for the best selection and value, head to Arc en Ciel in Bora Bora. If you’re looking to save some money, consider shopping for pearls in Tahiti, where you’ll find significantly cheaper prices (yes, everything is more expensive in Bora Bora, don’t be surprised).

As a friendly tip for future travelers, take the time to learn about the different types and grades of pearls before making your purchase. This will help you make an informed decision and ensure you bring home a truly remarkable souvenir from your time in Bora Bora.

Monoï & Perfumes

Monoi oil

Monoï oil is a must-have souvenir from Bora Bora, deeply rooted in Polynesian culture. This fragrant oil is made by infusing Tahitian gardenia petals in pure coconut oil, resulting in a delightful tropical scent that will instantly transport you back to the paradise of Bora Bora. You can find Monoï oil and perfume bottles with the Monoi scent in many souvenir shops and resort spas across the island.

📍 Where to buy : For the highest quality Monoï products, I recommend visiting Coqui Coqui. They offer a wide selection of Monoï oils and other luxurious beauty products made with natural ingredients. If you’re feeling adventurous, head to the Teavanui shop where you can even participate in a fun workshop to create your own personalized Monoï oil. How amazing is that?

When purchasing Monoï oil or perfumes, make sure to check the authenticity and source of the products. Look for reputable sellers who use traditional production methods and support local artisans. By doing so, you not only bring home a genuine piece of Bora Bora but also contribute to the preservation of Polynesian traditions.

If you’re looking to save some money, here’s a helpful tip for future travelers. Before leaving French Polynesia, consider heading to a big supermarket in Tahiti, like Carrefour. You’ll find reputable brands such as Comptoir des Monois and Parfumerie Tiki Tahiti at significantly cheaper prices. This is where locals shop, and you can find a wide range of products to choose from. It’s a great opportunity to stock up on souvenirs and bring home a piece of Bora Bora without breaking the bank.

Local Craftsmanship

French Polynesia is renowned not only for its breathtaking natural beauty but also for its vibrant local craftsmanship. When searching for the ideal souvenir, take the time to discover the distinctive art forms that showcase Polynesian culture and traditions.

Tiki Statues

Tiki Statues

Tiki statues are an iconic part of Polynesian culture and make for an excellent souvenir from Bora Bora. Hand-carved from wood, these statues depict various gods and symbols, each with its own meaning. From small trinkets to larger sculptures, you’ll find a wide range of sizes and designs to choose from. These statues serve as a beautiful reminder of the rich heritage of the island.

Wood Carvings

polynesian Wood Carvings

Another popular form of artwork in Bora Bora is wood carvings. Local artisans showcase their talent by creating beautifully crafted pieces that capture the essence of Polynesian culture. From intricately designed wall hangings to decorative statues, each wood carving tells a story. These unique pieces will add a touch of Polynesian charm to your home.

Stone Carvings

For a truly distinctive souvenir, consider stone carvings. Made from volcanic rock, these sculptures often portray traditional designs and symbols. From tikis to turtles and manta rays, each stone carving showcases the artistry and craftsmanship of local artists. These pieces not only make for great decorations but also serve as a meaningful connection to the cultural heritage of Bora Bora.

📍 Where to Buy: You can find tiki statues, wood carvings, and stone carvings at various souvenir shops in Bora Bora, as well as the Vaitape Market and in Bora Home Galerie. If you’re looking for a wider selection, a visit to the vibrant Papeete market is recommended. Here, you’ll find an array of options to choose from, allowing you to find the perfect piece of local artwork to bring back home.


bye bye from Bora Bora Pottery
bye bye from Bora Bora Pottery
bye bye from Bora Bora Pottery

If you’re interested in pottery, Bora Bora has a hidden gem called “Bye Bye from Bora Bora.” This pottery showroom offers a delightful selection of handcrafted art de la table items such as plates, bowls, mugs, and other small clay pieces. It’s the perfect place to find unique and locally made souvenirs that will add a touch of Bora Bora to your home.

As a tip for future travelers, keep in mind that the showroom’s opening hours may vary, so it’s a good idea to check their website or contact them in advance.

Helpful Tips for Future Travelers:

• When purchasing handmade artwork, take the time to appreciate the craftsmanship and ask the seller about the cultural significance of each piece.
• Consider supporting local artisans by purchasing directly from them or from reputable shops that promote fair trade.
• If you’re concerned about transporting fragile artwork, consider asking the seller for packaging or shipping arrangements to ensure your souvenirs arrive safely.
• Remember that prices can vary, so it’s always a good idea to compare prices and negotiate if possible.
• Don’t forget to check customs regulations of your home country to ensure any restrictions or declarations are followed when bringing artwork back with you. While there is no issue with bringing finished wood products back to North America, it is important to avoid bringing any untreated raw wood.

Local Clothing


a couple wearing pareos

A must-have souvenir from Bora Bora is the traditional Tahitian garment known as a pareo. It’s basically a large piece of fabric that can be worn as a skirt, dress, or even used as a beach towel. Men also wear pareos! You’ll find them in vibrant colors and patterns, adding a touch of tropical flair to your wardrobe.

📍 Where to buy: You can find pareos at most souvenir shops in Bora Bora. The Vaitape Market is a great place to explore and find a variety of pareos at reasonable prices. If you want to support small family business keep an eye out for roadside shops too (bring cash tho, they may not accept credit cards)!

Local summer dresses for ladies

flower polynesian dress
flower polynesian dress

If you’re looking for something modern and stylish that you can actually wear back home, don’t miss out on the local sundresses. These dresses are made from lightweight materials with vibrant tropical prints, perfect for the warm climate of Bora Bora. You’ll find them in souvenir shops and boutiques across the island.

📍 Where to buy: My personal favorites for cute dresses in Bora Bora are Bora Bora Original (next to the post office) and Mahana Bora Bora (inside the St James restaurant). These places have a great selection of dresses, as well as jewelry and bags. Definitely worth checking out!

Local Flower Shirts for men

And for men local flower shirts are a must-have item. Local flower shirts are not only fashionable but also reflect the laid-back and relaxed lifestyle of Bora Bora. They are perfect for warm weather and can be worn as a statement piece or casually paired with shorts.


women making a tifaifai

While it’s not exactly clothing, Tifaifai is a unique and beautiful Polynesian homemade fabric that can be used as home decor. It comes in various forms like full-sized bed covers, pillowcases, bed runners, and tablecloths. Tifaifai is a significant part of Polynesian culture, and it’s everywhere in Polynesian houses. Fun fact: It’s also used to wrap couples during traditional weddings!

Locally produced delicacies

Tahitian Vanilla

While Tahaa is known as the Vanilla Island due to its extensive production, there are also a few families growing vanilla in Bora Bora. Polynesian vanilla is renowned for its exceptional quality and is considered one of the best in the world. During your trip, make sure to indulge in the rich and aromatic flavors of Tahitian vanilla. In addition to the vanilla pods, you can also find various vanilla products like vanilla extract, syrup, and sugar. These products make excellent souvenirs or gifts for friends and family who appreciate the exquisite taste of vanilla.

Sea Salts

bora bora sea salts

Bora Bora is renowned for its unique and delicious sea salts. Produced by my friend Fabienne, these salts are harvested from the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon, resulting in a distinct and rich flavor. The purity of the water in Bora Bora makes these salts truly exceptional. When it comes to sea salts, you can choose from a variety of flavors and infusions, such as coconut, vanilla, and curcuma. These aromatic salts add a tropical touch to your dishes and make for a delightful souvenir to bring back home.


bora bora honey

Bora Bora has a surprising treat in store for sweet tooth – its very own honey! Produced by Maja, a local beekeepers using traditional methods, Bora Bora’s honey boasts a distinct and delicious flavor thanks to the island’s unique flora. You won’t want to miss trying this must-try delicacy during your visit. Look for jars of this golden liquid at local markets or specialty shops. However, be aware that due to its limited production it’s sells out quickly. So, if you happen to come across a jar, make sure to grab it before it’s gone! It’s the perfect sweet souvenir to bring back home and savor the taste of Bora Bora long after your trip is over.


Marquesas chocolate

If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll be pleased to know that French Polynesia also produces chocolate, albeit in very small quantities. Specifically, in the Marquesas Islands. It has a unique taste that is both strong and sweet. It’s definitely worth trying during your visit to Bora Bora.

📍 Where to buy: If you’re looking to bring home some of the delicious local delicacies from Bora Bora, you’re in for a treat! While you can taste these delicacies in local Bora Bora restaurants, you may also want to bring some with you to enjoy later. The best place to shop for these treats is the Teavanui shop, which specializes in selling locally produced products. They have a great selection of items, and you might even have the opportunity to sample some of the products before making your purchase. It’s the perfect place to stock up on these mouthwatering delights and bring a taste of Bora Bora back home with you.

Locally produced alcohol and spirits


Tahiti Wine
brut d'ananas

Believe it or not, but French Polynesia also produce wine! Yes, you heard that right! They produce a unique white wine called “Blanc de Corail” in Rangiroa. Now, fair warning, if you prefer your wine on the sweeter side, this one might not be for you. It has a strong and slightly bitter taste, but it’s definitely worth trying if you’re up for an adventure.

For those who enjoy something a little sweeter, look out for “Brut D’ananas,” a bubbly wine with a delightful pineapple fragrance produced in Moorea. Another interesting option is the pineapple wine, which offers a unique twist.

And since French Polynesia is part of France, you can also find a great selection of French wines in the supermarkets. But if you want to treat yourself to something special, head over to the Wine Shop next to the St James restaurant. They have an excellent collection of wines that will satisfy even the most discerning palate.


Tahitian Manutea Rum

French Polynesia may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of rum, but it’s worth a try! While the rum produced here may be different from the Caribbean varieties you are used to, it has its own unique flavors and characteristics that make it a distinct choice for rum enthusiasts. You’ll find a variety of locally brewed rums in French Polynesia, each offering a different taste profile to satisfy your palate. The best brands are Manutea and Mana’o.

Local brewed beers

Beers from Brasserie Hoa - Tahiti

If you’re a beer lover, French Polynesia has something special for you too. Alongside the famous brand Hinano, make sure to explore the beers from “Brasserie Hoa“. Locally brewed in Tahiti, they offer a range of options from lagers to IPAs. Don’t miss out on trying the “Toru” – a refreshing trip with ginger that happens to be my personal favorite!

📍 Where to buy: If you’re looking to buy alcohol in Bora Bora, you’ll find options at the island’s supermarkets. Just keep in mind that it’s not possible to buy alcohol on Sunday afternoons.

For expert guidance and a wide selection, check out the St James wine cellar.

Before you head back home, make sure to familiarize yourself with the regulations and restrictions for bringing alcohol back with you. Each country has its own rules, so it’s important to know the limits and requirements. After all, you wouldn’t want to leave your cherished bottle of local rum behind! Cheers to a memorable trip and bringing a taste of Bora Bora home with you!

Shell Leis

When it comes to souvenirs from Bora Bora, you can’t go wrong with a shell lei. These beautiful garlands are a must-have and make for a perfect accessory to wear or display in your home as a reminder of your trip. If you stay in a resort, you might even receive a shell lei as a parting gift, following the Polynesian tradition. But don’t worry if you’re not staying at a resort – you can also find shell leis in supermarkets.

It’s important to note that picking seashells in French Polynesia is strictly prohibited, so getting a shell lei is actually your best and trouble-free way to bring back seashell souvenirs.

For future travelers, here’s a helpful tip: if you’re looking for additional seashell-related souvenirs, consider checking out the local supermarkets. They often have a variety of seashell-themed items, such as keychains, magnets, and decorative pieces. It’s a convenient way to bring a touch of Bora Bora’s coastal charm back home with you.

A Polynesian Tattoo: Wear Your Best Bora Bora Souvenir

Polynesian Tattoo

If you want to take your Bora Bora souvenir to the next level, why not get a traditional Polynesian tattoo? It’s an incredible experience that allows you to fully embrace the culture and heritage of the island. These intricate designs are more than just beautiful artwork – they have deep meaning and tell stories that are sacred to the locals.

Now, here’s the thing: there’s only one tattoo studio on the island called Marama Tattoo. But here’s the catch, they are often booked up months in advance. So, if you’re planning to get inked, make sure to secure your appointment well ahead of time. However, if you can’t make it to Marama Tattoo, don’t worry! There are plenty of tattoo studios in Tahiti where you can still get a stunning Polynesian tattoo.

Getting a Polynesian tattoo is a personal and meaningful way to commemorate your time in Bora Bora. It’s a permanent reminder of the culture and experiences you’ve had on this extraordinary island. Just remember to choose a design that resonates with you and holds significance. The tattoo artists will be more than happy to help you create a design that is unique to you.

Before you decide to get a tattoo, take your time to research and understand the symbolism behind different Polynesian tattoo motifs. Each element and pattern has its own meaning, so it’s important to choose something that truly represents you and your journey. The tattoo artists are experts in their craft and will be able to guide you through the process, ensuring that your tattoo is not only beautiful but also holds personal significance.

Remember, getting a Polynesian tattoo is a lifelong commitment, so make sure you’re ready for the responsibility that comes with it. Take good care of your tattoo during the healing process and follow the aftercare instructions provided by the tattoo artist. This will ensure that your tattoo looks vibrant and stays in great condition for years to come.

In conclusion, Bora Bora offers a wide range of souvenirs that will help you cherish the memories of your trip. From iconic Tahitian black pearls to fragrant Monoï oil, locally crafted artwork, and unique delicacies, there is something for everyone. Remember to support local artisans and purchase authentic products that reflect the rich culture and heritage of Bora Bora.

As you plan your trip to Bora Bora, consider allocating some time and budget for souvenir shopping. These carefully selected souvenirs will not only bring joy to your loved ones back home but also serve as a personal connection to the culture and traditions of this remarkable island.

Enjoy your time in Bora Bora and happy souvenir shopping!

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