LOCAL TAHITI SERVICES

Local Tahiti Services include shopping, banking services, medical care, and much more you may need or desire. The local village of Patio has a market with foods and incidental items for basic needs, government offices, doctors office and police station. For a better selection, and more variety, you need to go to Uturoa, the second largest city in French Polynesia. It is near the airport on Raiatea island, about 30 minutes away by shuttle or Motu Moie’s boat. There you can find most everything, including various shops, markets, restaurants, hardware and building supplies. Raiatea also has a community hospital and radiologic clinic. In Uturoa, you can also find technical support and help with repairs on the motu, for electric issues, solar panels, new or upgrade construction, boat repairs, and most other issues. Beyond that, the capital city of Papeete has anything else you may need, from auto dealerships to shopping malls.

Shopping

Local shopping across the lagoon in Patio village has a market with foods and incidental items for basic needs. For a better selection, and more variety, you will need to go to Uturoa, the second largest city in French Polynesia. It is near the airport on Raiatea, about 30 minutes away. There you can find most everything you need, including various shops, markets, restaurants, hardware and building supplies. Beyond that, the capital Papeete has anything else you may desire, from auto dealerships to shopping malls.

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Medical Care

For immediate care, there is a French doctor’s office in nearby Patio.  For more specialized care, there are various medical facilities in Uturoa, Raiatea, including dental, optometrist, and a regional hospital, about 40 minutes away by boat.  More complex care is available in Papeete.

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Banking

The local bank in Patio,Taha’a is Banque Socredo. Full banking services are available in Uturoa at Banque de Tahiti, or Banque de Polynesie, a subsidiary of world wide Society Generale.

The currency used in French Polynesia is the XPF.  The exchange rate varies, 100 XPF is approximately equal to 1 USD.

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