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I have two tips for people provisioning in Tahiti:
Meats – The Carrfour was well stocked with beef, lamb, and veal from New Zealand, including odds and ends like hearts and tripe. There was absolutely no pork. The chicken that was available was only whole, legs, or thighs, all bone-in, skin on, and frozen. No fresh chicken, no chicken breasts.
Liquor – Fortunately we flew in and out of Tahiti, so shopping duty free was very easy. We bought a bottle of Tito’s vodka and some wines in LAX. We also bought some M&Ms because the only size you can buy in Tahiti are small 8 oz, whereas the LAX airport has 56 oz bags. We scoped out prices for 1L bottles Bombay Sapphire, and I expect the price differences can translate to other popular liquors as well:
- Carrefour in Tahiti: $83 dollars
- Tahiti departing duty free: $21
- LAX: $31
- Tahiti arriving duty free: $26
I was disappointed to learn that the departure duty free has a good selection of Tahitian wines from the vineyard in Rangiroa, but those wines are not available in arrivals.