Must Have Item for the Islands

Posted by: Lisa Rosmeissl-Boomerang Escapes on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:45:00 pm

Lisa at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa

Must Have Item for the Islands


The pareo is the Tahitian word for wrap around skirt. In other parts of the world, it is known as a coverup, sarong or wraparound. It used to refer to women's skirts as the men wore an item known as a loincloth or maro. Today, a pareo is best known as an item you wrap around your body.


Seen as a symbol of the island, the pareo is worn by men, women and children. It's beautiful coloring and cool comfort make it a staple piece of clothing among island inhabitants. It's versatility in wear is only limited by one's imagination. During a recent visit to Moorea, we were fortunate enough to run across one of the locals at the bar at the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa. He took the time to give us a demonstration on just some of the many ways to wear a pareo. Click on the image below of my dear travel colleague and friend Sarah Bush of Bali Ha'i Dreams to see a video of our lesson.Sarah Bush of Bali Ha'i Dreams


More than being the most versatile piece of cloth you have ever worn, the pareo is a work of art. While many pareos are mass manufactured now, there are still artists in the hills of the islands that hand paint the beautiful and colorful designs. You can actually visit the artists in their home/workshop during a 4-wheel drive tour and select your very own one of kind hand painted pareo.


Are you ready to adorn the islands? Simply, tie on a pareo, put a tiare flower behind your ear, rub on some monoi oil, add a puka shell anklet and voila!

Lisa, Pareo, and Tahitian Men

Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, and WI. She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide ride of leisure vacation planning.



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