Awesome Food Experiences On Tahiti and Moorea
There's no denying that eating is dope (especially on holidays) but sometimes it's fun to delve a little deeper and see how the grub gets to your plate. Mana is the life-force and spirit of Polynesia - encapsulating the people, lifestyle and culture of Tahiti and her people, something that is clearly exhibited by the passion Tahitians have for food and fresh produce. Transform your trip to The Islands of Tahiti into a truly immersive food experience and allow yourself to be embraced by mana (and delicious food).
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Pape'ete Market isn't just a great spot to get your hands on the perf Tahitian souvenir, it's also where many locals come to shop for their fresh produce.
Feast your eyes on the rows of fresh fruit and vegetables including bananas, pineapples, mangoes and sweet potato before grabbing a fresh flower crown that puts Snapchat filters to shame or a cute AF pareo (that's a sarong, fam.)
Be sure to check out Cafe Maeva upstairs for some awesome vegan eats too!
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If you see a ute stuffed full of fresh pineapples driving through the streets of Moorea, there's a good chance those pineapples came from Lycee Agricole, Moorea's agricultural college!
Take a self-guided walking tour through the mango and pineapple plantations, or for the more adventurous, take a guided ATV tour around the college while taking in the freaking amazing views the mountains of Moorea have to offer.
Round off your exploration and take a minute to sample the goods of the college at the open-air bar, serving inexpensive drinks, sorbets and jams made from produce grown on site.
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Many of the fresh fruits grown on Moorea end up at the Rotui Juice Factory - one of Tahiti's largest juice manufacturers.
Watch locals deliver their fruit on site and take a self-guided tour of the factory as you experience the entire process from preparing the fruit to the end of the line where the juice is bottled and packed.
Why not treat yourself to some of the juice made in the factory by stopping in at the local gift shop?
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With so many dope smelling plants on The Islands of Tahiti, it's no surprised that Tahitians take full advantage of the aromas to produce some amazing scented products.
Tahiti Arômes create essential oils, absolutes, concretes and virgin oils - most of which end up being purchased by the cosmetics and luxury industries.
Visit the plantation and check out the rows of tiare plants and stop into the shop to check out the selection of oils, body products and scented edible goods for sale. They also have a bunch of noni fruit trees, famous (or infamous if you're like me) for creating noni juice - which tastes pretty terrible but has numerous health benefits if you can stomach it.
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Nothing says Tahiti more than being invited into a stranger's home and that's exactly what a visit to Fare Ylang Ylang feels like.
We were lucky enough to be treated to lunch and wine made by Evy Hirshon, a chef who specialises in predominantly vegan food and teaches healthy recipes to people all over The Islands of Tahiti.
Learn from Evy about the health benefits of meat-free cooking while tucking into a delicious plant-based feast!