French Polynesia is quite simply – laid back. The atmosphere is friendly and the people approachable and helpful. Causal dress is expected though if you ﬁnd that you’re often the victim of sand ﬂies and mosquitoes – then you’ll ﬁnd long skirts or trousers immensely helpful. Tipping isn’t at all customary and the consumption of alcohol in public is prohibited. If you’re invited to a person’s home then it’s normal to take off your shoes upon entering and a simple handshake is ﬁne for a greeting.
A popular saying in French Polynesia is “haere maru” which means quite simply “take it easy” – you should remember this and embrace it for your trip there.