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Excursion 3: Discover the World of Pearls
Tour Code: RGI-003
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 1 1/2 hours)

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Explore Rangiroa's black pearl industry, learn about pearl cultivation and shop for unset black pearls during this memorable visit to a black pearl farm.

Depart the pier for the drive along Rangiroa's main road, past the airport and on to the black pearl farm. Most pearl farms are small-sized, and the number of workers at this farm is quite representative of the farms in this region.

Upon arrival at the farm, the staff will give you a brief lecture about the farming and production of black pearls. You will learn about the chronology and evolution of the industry, and how oysters are selected, grown and then grafted for production. Following the lecture, you will proceed to the work sheds where oysters are sorted and cleaned, and watch a grafter at work as he skillfully plies his trade.

The highlight of the excursion will be an opportunity to view a selection of unset black pearls that are available for purchase. Here, your guide will show you the criteria for grading pearls in terms of quality. The shape and luster are very important. You will see the round, baroque and semi-baroque pearls ranging in grades from C to A.

Following your visit, you will re-board your mini-van for the return drive to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking/standing. The tour is not availablet to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. This tour is for guests who are interested in learning about pearl cultivation, or for those shopping for unset black pearls. The prices are fixed; cash, Visa or MasterCard are accepted. The Tuamotus are very remote islands and although the guides used are the best available, they are not certified and have limited English skills. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.

NOTICE: All Oceania Cruises shore excursion fares are listed per person, and are subject to change and availability. Some tours are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice. Tour departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. While Oceania Cruises makes every effort to adhere to the specifics mentioned in each shore excursion description, circumstances may require otherwise. All shore excursion information contained on this website is subject to change without notice at Oceania Cruises’ discretion. Oceania Cruises is not responsible or liable for typographical error, omissions or misprints.

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