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Gauguin's Pearl Farm

Address: Avatoru, French Polynesia
Phone Number: (+689) 93 11 30
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Ranked #8 of 9 Attractions in Avatoru
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Farms, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Farms, Sights & Landmarks
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I was eager for this inexpensive tour option as I have a great interest in pearls. This tour was not disappointing. First, there is a free shuttle to the location which is just 15 minutes from the cruise ship dock. Second, the tour itself was the least expensive tour option of the entire cruise and by far the best value.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We had only one day on Rangiroa and I would have preferred to spend more time in the water. The ride from the dock takes 20 to 25 minutes. The man who spoke at the Pearl Farm looked very uninterested in his task though he provided a lot of information and seemed knowledgable. i found it a long time to... More 

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Redlands, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
25 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

After we exited the free shuttle, we sat and listened to a talk about pearl farming and how it was done. It was the first time I had seen the actual 'seed' or 'nucleus' used to start the pearls. Our guide spoke English, and was very enthusiastic. We were told that all parts of the oyster were used, even after... More 

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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We thought this was a very informative and educational visit. I wish we had gone earlier than on the morning we had to leave for the airport. No pressure to buy and helpful service. I was looking for inexpensive pearls for necklaces for my young granddaughters as mementoes and they could have not been nicer . We went to a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The short tour of the small 'farm' was quite interesting and the guide friendly - they show you the techniques of pearl farming and then show you the grafters grafting the shells/oysters. They also take you into the showroom/shop toward the end of the tour but there was never any hint of pressure to buy. After travelling throughout FP and... More 

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Fort Worth, TX
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59 reviews 59 reviews
8 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We ended up getting pearls here after looking in Bora Bora and then at our hotel Kia Ora. They gave us very good service and they had better pricing for what we were looking at. The have more of the b level pearls but also the very good ones as well. It is not as ritzy as they others but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

We were on a cruise in French Polynesia when we stopped here. I'm so glad we did. We were given a short talk on pearl culturing and were shown the equipment used to grow the pearls in the water. It makes you understand why high quality, large pearls are so expensive. After the orientation, we were able to see the... More 

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Selah, Washington
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

They have free shuttles constantly for thr free tour. It was interesting and they do it in both french and english. There was no pressure to buy a pearl, although the end of the tour is the shop. Got a very nice pearl for half the price I had seen on other islands. Great break from the water.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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266 reviews 266 reviews
175 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

The pearl farm offers constant free shuttles back and forth throughout the day! Once you arrive you sit down and showed the ways pearls are cultured and replaced throughout the years. Very interesting to find out all these facts of pearls in general. The shop is very clean and all the staff are very friendly and personable, prices are reasonable... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We and our kids all liked the tour, enough information, some hands on and you get to see the grafts being added and pearls extracted. All credit to our host, she was lovely. Shop has a lot of pieces, in the end the kids spent 30 minutes choosing their own single pearls and getting them mounted on their own necklaces... More 

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