TAHITI AND HER ISLANDS

Tahiti & Her Islands

  • Where is Tahiti
  • Top 10 things to do
  • Calendar of Events
  • Public Holidays

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Where is Tahiti?

 

Located in the South Pacific, Tahiti and her Islands covers a huge ocean surface covering some 4 million km2, which is the same area as Europe.

 

However, dry land only represents 4000 square kilometres (2159 sq. naut. mi.) divided among 118 islands, separated into five archipelagos: the Marquesas to the north, the Society Islands and the Tuamotu in the centre, the Australs to the south and the Gambier to the southeast.

Sprinkled like a handful of stardust in space, Tahiti and Her Islands are easily characterised by their isolation. Most islands are only sparsely populated and forty of them remain uninhabited to this day.

 

Geography

 

French Polynesia is also known as the Islands of Tahiti or simply Tahiti. There are 118 islands comprising French Polynesia of which Tahiti is the main island and the location of the capital city of Papeete. Faa’a International Airport is located on the island of Tahiti approximately 5 kilometres west of Papeete. You cross the international dateline when flying to Tahiti from New Zealand – i.e. the first night of accommodation is normally the day before departure

 

Tahiti’s Top 10 things to do

 

Spend at least one night in an overwater bungalow

The idea of overwater bungalows began in our islands. They represent the ultimate level of indulgence: luxury in paradise. Let yourself be rocked to sleep by the water lapping against the stilts, watch fish dance through the glass pane in the floor, dive off your terrace into a natural aquarium and wake up to breakfast brought to you in a traditional dugout canoe: who wouldn’t want to make this dream a reality?

 

Dive into a natural aquarium

Divers the world over recognise Tahiti and the islands for their diving sites and passes with more fish than anywhere else in the world. For connoisseurs, Rangiroa, the largest atoll in the TuamotusFakarava, the Mecca of diving, and Tikehau are mythical places. The Society Islands, the Marquesas and the Austral Islands also offer perfect spots where you can also see large sea animals (sharks, rays, dolphins, whales, etc.) as well as thousands of colourful reef fish.

 

Eat marinated raw fish with coconut milk

No visit to Tahiti and its islands is complete without trying the local speciality: raw tuna marinated in lime and diced vegetables, sprinkled with freshly squeezed coconut milk. Mobile food vans, snack bars and restaurants all offer this speciality on the menu. There are other outstanding local dishes that are a must and should be sampled, too: Chinese-style raw fish, chow mein, ma’a tinito and, first and foremost, dishes baked in a Tahitian oven (ma’a tahiti) offered by some restaurants on Sundays.

 

Browse the Pape’ete public market

The municipal market at the centre of Pape’ete is where all the hustle and bustle is focused. It opens at the crack of dawn with fruit, vegetable, fish and flower stands. Handicraft stalls contain products from the four archipelagos (carvings, tifaifai patchwork quilts, jewellery, sarongs (pareos), basketry, etc.). If you visit the market before you leave, you can load up on souvenirs to take back home (vanilla, crafts, monoi, musical instruments, etc.). Not to be missed is a visit to the market Sunday morning at 4.00 a.m., before mass.

 

Make a short excursion to Moorea, Tahiti’s sister island

Moorea, 17 km from Pape’ete, is reachable by fast ferry in only 40 minutes. It is the most sparsely populated island (just 18,000 people) and things there are still unspoiled. You can do a day-trip, but if you want to fully explore the island you’ll need a few days.

 

Visit an atoll in the Tuamotus

Physically setting foot on a “low island”, or atoll, is an unforgettable experience. Seeing a chain of coral islets, each encircling a turquoise lagoon, stretching on for dozens of kilometres is a breathtaking sight from the plane. Just imagining people living in this environment, lost in a vast expanse of ocean, is almost surreal. Sharing the daily lives of the islanders in tune with the rhythm of the waves, even if only for just a few days, is beyond words…It was on these tiny islets that Tahiti’s cultured pearl industry began. The most frequently visited atolls are Rangiroa, Fakarava and Tikehau, all of which have internationally rated hotels. Other less well-known atolls have family-run guest houses, offering guests a warm welcome.

 

See Bora Bora…and much more

For most tourists, a stay on Bora Bora is essential. The “Pearl of the Pacific”, despite the development of tourism, is still worthy of its reputation. Nevertheless, there’s much more to this island than what the postcards show us: not only the island’s interior, its history, the manta rays and the lagoon, but also the luxury hotels and spas on the motu (islets), accessible only by boat. If you have plenty of time, don’t miss the island’s untamed and unspoilt little sister, Maupiti, accessible by boat or plane from Bora Bora. A change of scenery and a trip back in time are guaranteed…

 

Visit a marae

Found on most islands, these archaeological remains bear witness to the organisation of Polynesian society before the arrival of missionaries in the 18th century. The largest archaeological complexes are found on Raiatea (a world renown marae), Huahine and in the Marquesas.

 

See a performance of Polynesian dance

Forbidden by missionaries, dancing is even more an integral part of Polynesian culture today. Girls and boys begin dancing as soon as they can walk. The annual Heiva i Tahiti festivals in July, organised in Tahiti and on most islands, is a chance to see a performance by the most famed professional dance troupes and schools. Major hotels regularly organise Polynesian evenings with song and dance during happy hour or themed buffet dinners.

 

Explore the interior of the islands

The interior of the mountainous islands (Society Islands, the Marquesas and the Austral Islands) are brimming with treasures. Whether by guided tour (in a 4X4, a quad bike or on foot) or in a rental car, the valleys and mountain peaks generously reveal their wonders to visitors. Archaeological remains, lush vegetation, streams and waterfalls reward all tourists who venture there…

Follow in the footsteps of the first missionaries to the Gambier Islands.

Mangareva, the largest island, is the site of the first Catholic mission, established in 1834, and abounds in the historic traces of the first missionaries.

 

Go whale-watching off the beaten track in the Austral Islands

Every year from July to November, Rurutu, in the Austral Islands, becomes a prime observation platform for watching whales, which come there to calve just off the coast. It is a unique spectacle reserved for you alone. The Austral Islands will give you the unparalleled feeling of being on the other side of the world.

 

The Marquesas: explore the “Land of Men”

Go to the Marquesas by sea aboard the mixed cargo/passenger vessel, the Aranui, or by plane, a more conventional mode of transport. Arriving in the Marquesas is always a double shock: first, witnessing a cultural revival that has been going strong these last 20 years, and second, the discovery of its wild and pristine natural beauty.

 

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

JANUARY

TERE ‘A’ATI – RURUTU: 
FROM JANUARY 2 TO JANUARY 8

Cultural and historical event on Rurutu in the Austral Islands featuring a long walk with stops at ancestral sites (archeological sites and cliffs, etc.), the three villages (Moerai, Avera and Auti) and a visit to various homes where guests receive this island’s traditional greeting, a shower of thrown talcum powder, custom specific to the inhabitants of the island. 
Contact : tavita.gisele@mail.pf

TERE FAATI – TAHITI:
JANUARY 30

A day long tour around Papeete in a “truck” (traditional bus) during which participants sing to the sound of the ‘ukulele. This is how the new year and abundant seasons were celebrated in the past. Several stops on the program include visits to cultural and natural sites with delicious traditional lunches including “ma’a” local food prepared by the Mamas. It is a rare, authentic and fun event looking into the Tahiti of today and yesteryear. 
Contact : info@tahiti-tourisme.pf / www.tahiti-tourisme.pf

THE PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL OF TAHITI – FIFO (13TH EDITION): 
FROM JANUARY 30 TO FEBRUARY 7

This time-honored festival gathers audiovisual documentary works about Oceania in front of an international jury and has film screening, free workshops, conferences and meetings scheduled over a few days.
Maison de la Culture – Te Fare Tauhiti Nui
Contact: organisation@filmfestivaloceanie.org
  / www.fifotahiti.org

FEBRUARY

FLOWER AND HANDICRAFT FESTIVAL: 
FROM FEBRUARY 1 TO FEBRUARY 14

Neighborhoods exhibit their flowers and jewels in a scentful and colorful atmosphere in the gardens of the Papeete City Hall, perfect for the lovers’ celebration.
Associations des quartiers de Papeete
Contact: adams.myrna@yahoo.fr

CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVITIES – TAHITI:
FEBRUARY 8

The French Polynesian Chinese community celebrates the beginning of the Chinese Year. All the cultural and folk wealth of the country will be highlighted during these festivities through especially in dancing, cooking, ancestral arts and rites. 
Contact : sinitong@mail.pf

VALENTINE’S DAY SHOW – TAHITI: 
FROM FEBRUARY 8 TO FEBRUARY 13

Discover the most creative and diverse Polynesian handicraft at the Polynesian Art Association Show with jewels, artefact’s and clothing. Meeting point at the Assembly of French Polynesia.
Association Bijouterie d’Art Polynésien
Contact: fauuracreations@yahoo.fr

TAHITI FESTIVAL GUITARE (9TH EDITION) – TAHITI: 
FROM FEBRUARY 25 TO FEBRUARY 27

Encounter of all the guitar fans and professionals as well as the curious at the Meridien Tahiti hotel. Some of the world’s leading guitarists as well as experienced local guitarists will perform during these three nights.
Contact : leomarais@mail.pf / www.tahitifestivalguitare.org

MARCH

ARRIVALS OF THE EVANGELISTS: 
MARCH5

Commemoration of the arrival of the first British protestant missionaries in Matavai – Tahiti. This year marks the 219th anniversary of the establishment of the Gospel.
Eglise Protestante Maohi
Contact: choiore@epm.pf

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: 
MARCH 8

A lot of initiatives done to value and defend the cause of Polynesian women.

EARTH HOUR – TAHITI (4TH EDITION): 
MARCH 19

An event on environmental issues to encourage people to save on energy consumption by taking symbolic actions on the theme of going back to the roots, replacing light with ancient and fun ingredients on Tahiti island, with its peninsula, as well as Moorea.
Représentant Earth Hour
Contact: jerry.biret@gmail.com

POLYNESIA TATOU TATTOO (5TH EDITION):
FROM MARCH 30 TO APRIL 3

This annual international and cultural event is the official tattoo festival in French Polynesia, which is organized by tattoo artists, for tattoo artists and for the public at large. The event promotes, protects and adds value to Polynesian tattoo.
Association Porinetia Tatau
Contact: tikitattoosupply@mail.pf

APRIL

PRO RANGIROA JUNIOR SURF: 
WEEK FROM APRIL 4

A professional surf competition for the Junior category in Rangiroa and organized under the umbrella of the Commune of Rangiroa in partnership with the tourism sector.
Comité de Tourisme de Rangiroa
Contact: rangiroa-tourisme@mail.pf  www.surf.pf

RAID “VANIRA” (7TH EDITION) – TAHAA: 
APRIL 9

On Tahaa (Leeward Islands), a 15-km foot race in the nature. Departure from Potoru, arrival at Haamene with musical entertainment, fruit tasting, and several stands of handicraft, catering and vanilla products. 
Contact : bennett.jack@mail.pf

FESTIVAL PRO SURF AT PAPARA:
WEEK FROM APRIL 11

Surf competition with international youth from the WQS professional circuit – World Qualify Series – on the beach at Taharuu – Papara in the Junior, Open and Ondines categories.
Fédération Tahitienne de Surf 
Contact: fedesurf@live.fr / www.surf.pf

‘UKULELE FESTIVAL
MID-APRIL

The World record was crushed last year by Tahiti as 4 750 players gathered on April 11 2015. This event is an occasion to show the different shapes and sonorities of‘ukulele instruments.
Maison de la Culture – Te Fare Tauhiti Nui 
Contact: communication@maisondelaculture.pf / www.maisondelaculture.pf

MAY

TAHITI PEARL REGATTA (13H EDITION) – RAIATEA, TAHAA, BORA BORA:
FROM MAY 2 TO MAY 8

Sailing-race between RaiateaTahaa and Bora Bora, opened to all types of sailboats for all nationalities and combines ocean courses with lagoon competitions, accompanied with friendly and festive evenings on “motu” or in major hotels. 
Contact : tpr@mail.pf / www.tahitipearlregatta.org.pf

HIVA OA MARATHON: 
MAY 6

42 195 km run from Puamau village to Atuona village.
Comité du tourisme de Hiva oa 
Contact: Comitetourismehivaoa@marquises.pf

TAAPUNA MASTER SURFING (22ND EDITION) – TAHITI: 
FROM MAY 7 TO MAY 29

Big surfing competition for amateurs taking place over 4 days at the Taapuna reef pass (Punaauia). Competition in the categories of surfing, body-boarding, “drop knee” and Stand-Up Paddling. 
Contact : taapunamastertahiti@mail.pf / taapunamaster.blogspot.com

ONO’U INTERNATIONAL GRAFFITI ART FESTIVAL:
FROM MAY 2 TO MAY 8

It is the most important international event in the Pacific region for urban contemporary art and takes place in May. ONO’U regroups about fifty renowned graffiti artists coming from every corner of the world.
Société Tahiti Nouvelles Générations – GSM: (689) 87.70.41.42
Contact: sarah.roopinia@gmail.com / www.tahitifestivalgraffiti.com

X TERRA – TAHITI (8TH EDITION):
MAY 14

Vélo club de Tahiti and VSOP are two associations who organize a competition centered around the environment and fair-play. The competition is on two days and the circuit follows several iconic sites of Tahiti.
Association sportive VSOP –
Contact: vsop@mail.pf / www.xterratahiti.com

THE RISING OF THE PLEIADS:
MAY 20

Matari’i i raro”, where the food shortage season starts. The transition from one season to the other was a major moment in ancient society, where people would practice important rites and rituals.
Association Haururu – Vetea AVAEMAI 
Contact: haururu.farefenua@mail.pf

LA RONDE TAHITIENNE (5TH EDITION):
MAY 22

From the Fautaua velodrome in Pirae to the circle island tour of Tahiti, the Vélo Club de Tahiti and VSOP associations now organize the 5th edition of La Ronde Tahitienne.
Vélo club de Tahiti
Conact: benito@mail.pf /www.larondetahitienne.pf

MOTHER’S DAY SHOW:
FROM MAY 23 TO MAY 29

Let’s meet at the Papeete city hall to find the perfect gift for mum.
Association Bijouterie d’Art Polynésien – Faaura BOUTEAU
Contact: fauuracreations@yahoo.fr

PAREU DAY:
MAY 27

Pareu Day is celebrated everywhere around the world since the day a small group of Polynesians launched it in 2013 with the help of social networks. The slot time for this monthly festive event taking place in Papeete city is on the last week of May.
Tahiti Tourisme
Contact: info@tahiti-tourisme.pf / www.tahiti-tourisme.pf 

MOTHER’S DAY:
END OF MAY

Shops, restaurants and tourism accommodation providers offer specials and discounts on various products to spoil every mum in on their special day.
Papeete Centre Ville – CCISM – Mairie de Papeete
Contact: Marie@ccism.pfpcv@mail.pf

TRADITIONAL SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP “TUARO MAOHI” – TAHITI:
MAY & JUNE

At Tahiti and islands – Te Fare Manaha Museum, Punaauia – Tahiti. This contest allows athletes from French Polynesia’s five archipelagos, and sometimes from the entire Pacific region, to demonstrate their talents in ancient Polynesian sports. Workshops, demonstrations and initiation classes are on the scheme. The aim of the event is to develop traditional sports and encourage and recruit younger generations into these ancient Polynesian sports. 
Contact : enoch@mail.pf / fb : Tu’aro Maohi

THE FLORALIES:
END OF MAY

Meeting place for flower fans, shrub lovers and seekers of endemic tree offshoots. It’s the perfect moment to detect the rarest or the most sought after plant varieties as the exhibition at Motu Ovini lasts 3 weeks.
Service du développement rural

JUNE

HEIVA DES ÉCOLES DE DANSE OU DES ÉCOLES DE ‘ORI TAHITI – TAHITI

All the traditional dance schools of Tahiti, Moorea and other French Polynesian islands come together for this yearly show with expert performances in the traditional Polynesian arts (fire dancing, drums etc.). The participants range from the ages of 3 to 70 years old, making for a dynamic and convivial setting as these budding artists shine, demonstrating the essence of Polynesian “joie de vivre”. On To’ata Square, Papeete. 
Contact : communication@maisondelaculture.pf / www.maisondelaculture.pf

EVENT OF STAND UP PADDLE SURFING WORLD TOUR:
BEGINNING OF JUNE

The competition is run on the left-side reef at “Sapinus”, in Punaauia, where all the big names of the Stand Up World Paddle Tour challenge one another over a week ; The winner and contenders who make their way through the Trials receive points and prize.
Fédération Tahitienne de Surf
Contact: fedesurf@live.fr /www.surf.pf

TAHITI VANILLA WEEK – TAHITI:
MID-JUNE

Come and discover or rediscover the Tahiti Vanilla and its by-products, learn about how vanilla is produced, prepared and transformed. Rejoin the agents of the vanilla channels at the French Polynesia’s Assembly Hall in Taraho’i, Papeete, as well as in participating restaurants and hotels. The public, the agribusiness and cosmetic professionals, the researchers or students will be able to appreciate the wealth of the world’s highest quality vanilla, its unique flavor and its various uses. 
Contact : vanille@vanilledetahiti.pf / www.vanilledetahiti.com

TAHITI MOOREA MARATHON 
JUNE 4

This international marathon is run on Moorea island with 3 races scheduled: Marathon, Half-Marathon and Fenua Run (4km). The courses change every year.
Te Moorea Club
Contact: contact@mooreamarathon.com

TAHITI FASHION WEEK – TAHITI:
FROM JUNE 8 TO JUNE 10

A 3 day event dedicated entirely to fashion… after London, Paris, New York and Milan. The Tahiti Fashion Week in partnership with local fashion key players will offer an unrivalled event showcasing Tahitian fashion. 
Contact : albertov@mail.pf

HEIVA I BORA BORA:
FROM JULY 17 TO JULY 24

The Heiva i Bora Bora is an annual dance, chant and traditional sports competition with handicraft exhibition and takes place at Tahua Moto’i in Vaitape.
Comité de tourisme de Bora Bora 
Contact: info-bora-bora@mail.pf

MISS TAHITI PAGEANT:
JUNE 24

On that evening, the beauty queen of The Islands of Tahiti is elected among a slew of contenders and wins her ticket to the Miss France pageant at the end of year. Miss Tahiti shall remain available to the public for the various events she shall support.
Contract: leiana.faugerat@misstahiti.pf

4TH ANNUAL AUSTRALIA-TAHITI EVENT:
JUNE 24

Following the morning meeting between luxury yachting professionals near Marina Taina in Punaauia, the crews chill out with fun games and sports and fine food offered to get a sample of the tastes of the region.
Tahiti Crew
Contact: tahiticrew@mail.com / fb : Tahiti-Crew

TAHITI – MOOREA SAILING RENDEZ-VOUS: 
FROM JUNE 24 TO JUNE 26

The TMS has been designed to welcome tourists, amateur yachtsmen and the locals as they join in this 3-day event: One day on Tahiti for the welcoming celebration, one day for the sailing rally and one day on Moorea to experience traditional sport competition.
Archipelagoes 
Contact: archipelagoes@mail.pf

WORLD MUSIC DAY: 
WEEK OF JUNE 21

For over a decade now, artists, music lovers and music groups share their passion as they get together on private and public places around the world.
Maison de la Culture – Te Fare Tauhiti Nui
Contact: communication@maisondelaculture.pf / info@tahiti-tourisme.pf

HEIVA RIMAI (HANDICRAFTS):
JUNE 24

Traditional handicraft experts from the 5 island groups of French Polynesia stay all in one place for a month-long exhibition of their handicraft products. Most of the materials used come from their islands and they are truly “Made in Tahiti”.
Service de l’artisanat 
Contact: secretariat@artisanat.gov.pf / www.artisanat.pf

THE ORANGE FESTIVAL IN PUNAAUIA:
JUNE 25

Punaauia city celebrates the orange fruits from the Tamanu plateau.
Service des sports et de la jeunesse de la Ville de Punaauia 
Conact: www.punaauia.pf

INTERNAL SELF GOVERNMENT DAY: 
JUNE 29

Sports and cultural associations parade and march – Hivavaevae – in Papeete city ; 32nd anniversary.
Maison de la Culture – Te Fare Tauhiti Nui
Contrat: communication@maisondelaculture.pf / www.heiva.pf

JULY

HEIVA IN THE OTHER ISLANDS:
JULY

Some islands like Moorea, Huahine, Maupiti, Rurutu proudly celebrate their cultures with inter-district activities to highlight their talent in chants, dance, sports…
Comités de tourisme et Mairies
Contact: info@tahiti-tourisme.pf

HEIVA I TAHITI (135TH EDITION):
FROM JULY 7 TO JULY 23

The best chant and dance groups compete on the famous Toata stage and rival with creativity to showcase the most festive and rooted Polynesian traditions. This competition dates back to 1881 and fosters a spirit of unity between the artists and the spectators.
Maison de la Culture – Te Fare Tauhiti Nui 
Contrat: communication@maisondelaculture.pf / www.heiva.pf

INTERNATIONAL GOLF OPEN TOUR:
BEGINNING JULY

Located some 30 miles away from Papeete (Tahiti), the Olivier Bréaud golf course extends in the vast ‘Atimaono domain of Papara and hosts, every year, one of the stops of the Pacific tour organized by the Australian PGA.
Fédération Polynésienne de Golf
Contact: louis.lesourd@gmail.com

SPORT COMPETITION OF THE HEIVA: 
JULY 1

Multi-category V1 (solo), V3, V6 and V16 sprint races at Tehoro beach in Mataiea, followed by a marathon course between Tahiti and Moorea. On other days, don’t miss the famous traditional sailing canoe races and traditional sports – Tu’aro Ma’ohi in Tahiti.
Maison de la Culture – Te Fare Tauhiti Nui 
Contrat: communication@maisondelaculture.pf

US INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS:
FROM JULY 2 TO JULY 4

The commune of Mahina celebrates Independence Day at Venus Point with associations who boast the Made in USA: Harley Davidson riders, big cubes, football, base ball…
Ville de Mahina – Xavier ETAETA 
Contact: xavieretaeta@yahoo.fr

WALKING ON FIRE UMU TI
JULY 6

Every year, a big underground oven is dug to cook the Ti plant in the traditional fashion thanks to heated stones on which people experience the fire walk under the blessing of the Great Priest of the ceremony.
Raymond GRAFFE
Contact: www.heiva.pf

BASTILLE DAY: 
JULY 14

Bastille Day celebration is organized in the same way as in all French territories, with a military march to which all the authorities are invited. The Islands of Tahitialso celebrate this Republican event.
Communication du Haut-Commissariat 
Contact: www.polynesie-francaise.pref.gouv.fr

HEIVA MAPURU A PARAITA I PAPEETE:
MID-JULY

Traditional dance groups who run for the Heiva i Tahiti perform around the Papeete Market.
Direction du Marché de Papeete 
Contact: jeannot.loshing@villedepapeete.pfpcv@mail.pf

SHOWS AT MARAE ARAHURAHU:
FROM JULY 9,16,23,30 AND AUGUST 6

Shows on cultural history with “Te Aroha Mamaia” staged by professional dance group Toakura with the support of the Arts Conservatory of French Polynesia.
Conservatoire Artistique de Polynésie française – Te Fare Upa Rau
Contact: frederic@conservatoire.pf

TE AITO VA’A” (29TH EDITION) – TAHITI: 
JULY 22

One-day outrigger canoe race for individual paddlers over approximately 10 kms (6 miles). The best 100 paddlers qualify for the “Super Aito” race. 
Contact :charley@mail.pf / www.superaito-tahiti.com

AREAREARA’A I TE FENUA AIHERE (2ND EDITION)):
JULY 30

Half-circle island tour of Tahiti to the peninsula on two modes of transportation: A road trip aboard the traditional “Le Truck” then a boat ride with stops at public sites to the sounds of the ‘ukulele.
Tahiti Tourisme
Contact: info@tahiti-tourisme.pf / www.tahiti-tourisme.pf

AUGUST

TRIALS AIR TAHITI NUI SURFING / BILLABONG PRO TAHITI:
FROM AUGUST 12 TO AUGUST 24

Qualifying surf competition at Teahupo’o on Tahiti’s peninsula, prior to the famous Billabong Pro that brings together foreign and local surf professionals.
Fédération Tahitienne de Surf 
Contact: fedesurf@live.fr  /  www.surf.pf

TAHITI NUI TOUR:
FROM AUGUST 24 TO AUGUST 28

Tahiti hosts this cycling tour, and adds Moorea island, which is a 30-minute boat ride away. Pacific delegations are expected to take part: Chili, New Zealand, Australia, New Caledonia…
Fédération Tahitienne de Cyclisme

SUPER AITO VA’A (26TH EDITION):
AUGUST 20

Solo canoe race with the 100 best paddlers from “Te ‘Aito” in two legs, Mahina – Papeete  and Taapuna pass.
Association Ruahatu 
Contact: charley@mail.pf

AGRICULTURAL FAIR:
MID-SEPTEMBER

For fifteen days, the primary sector is put forward to the population, adults and young kids alike, with schools coming to discover farm animals and Polynesian local produce. A good number of exhibitors coming from the 5 archipelagos.
Contact: Service du développement rural

SEPTEMBER

FESTIVAL POLYNESIA – TAHITI (PAPEETE):
FROM SEPTEMBER 12 TO 17.

Organized by Te Fare Tauhiti Nui, the sizable festival gathers for its first edition delegations from the tips of the Polynesian Triangle around the theme of transmission/handover. Vernacular language classes, traditional dance workshops, a fashion show, a myth and legend night, a concert… a week full of opportunities to discover and share. 
Maison de la Culture
Contact: http://www.maisondelaculture.pf

PAINAPO RAID (15TH EDITION) ON MOOREA ISLAND:
SEPTEMBER 19

This is a two-person mountain run organized on Moorea island with 3 races scheduled: Toa race (18 km) – Arearea race (7 km) and Family stroll (4 km). The courses change every year.
Contact: Te Moorea Club

FAREIREIHAGA – RANGIROA:
FROM SEPTEMBER 19 TO SEPTEMBER 24

In Rangiroa, the tourism industry celebrates tourism by dedicating a few days to promote cultural, fishing and handicraft related activities where local people take part in various contests. All visitors are more than welcome to experience the Farerei Haga event! 
Contact :  philcabral@usa.net

WORLD TOURISM DAY – TAHITI ET DANS LES ÎLES: 
SEPTEMBER 27

Celebrate World Tourism Day (WTD) on 27th September. The tourism industry throughout French Polynesia in coordination with local visitor centers on each island, highlight the country’s heritage sites, local culture, traditional dance and music with the participation of the local people. 
Contact : info@tahiti-tourisme.pf / www.tahiti-tourisme.pf

OCTOBER

VAIPARAOA SAPINUS SURFING AND BODY-BOARDING:
FROM OCTOBER 12 TO OCTOBER 30

Over a 3-week waiting period, with 4 to 5 days of competition 15 minutes from the airport, the city of Punaauia shows their 2nd surf spot: The coral barrier at Sapinus, where surf and body-board sessions go live.
Taapuna Surf Club
Contact: taapunamastertahiti@mail.pf / www.taapunamaster.blogspot.com

WORLD PETANQUE CHAMPIONSHIP:
END OF OCTOBER

Tahiti welcomes delegations from all over the world to compete against one another at the big boulodrome of Toata, in the city of Papeete. The most concentrated athletes will be challenged as they target their petanque boules.
Agence Cyclone
Contact: loryanna.changuy@petanque-tahiti2016.com

NOVEMBER

REVA I EIMEO NUI (2ND EDITION): 
5 NOVEMBER

A must-do circle island tour of Moorea starting at the Papeete ferry docks to Vaiare wharf, riding “Le truck” to experience the sounds of the ‘ukulele, stopping at various sites, all the way to your Tahitian meal awaiting – The Ma’a Tahiti.
Tahiti Tourisme 
Contact: info@tahiti-tourisme.pf  /  www.tahiti-tourisme.pf

HAWAIKI NUI VA’A (24TH EDITION):
BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER

“Va’a” or outrigger canoe is the ultimate traditional sport. Over 100 outriggers will race from Huahine to Raiatea, Tahaa and to Bora Bora. The mythical arrival of the race at Matira Point in Bora Bora is unreal and definitely a once in a lifetime experience. 
Contact : ftvtutu@mail.pf / www.hawaikinuivaa.pf

BOOK FAIR (14TH EDITION): 
MID-NOVEMBER

This fair aims at regrouping everyone who distributes and promotes reading books in French Polynesia during conferences, meetings with local and non-local authors, various entertainments, book sales exhibitions, etc. in the gardens and rooms of Te Fare Tauhiti Nui.
Maison de la Culture – Te Fare Tauhiti Nui 
Contact: communication@maisondelaculture.pf / www.maisondelaculture.pf

HURA TAPAIRU (12TH EDITION): 
WEEK FROM NOVEMBER 21

Te Fare Tauhiti Nui celebrates the 12th anniversary of this relatively recent competition which is drawing scores of traditional dance groups from everywhere. From the most famous dance groups to groups formed specifically for the occasion.
Maison de la Culture – Te Fare Tauhiti Nui 
Contact: communication@maisondelaculture.pf /www.maisondelaculture.pf

THE RISING OF THE PLEIADS:
FROM NOVEMBER 20

“Matari’i i ni’a”, when the season of abundance begins (tau ‘auhune). The transition from one season to the other was a major moment in ancient society, where people would practice important rites and rituals.
Association Haururu – Vetea AVAEMAI
Contact: haururu.farefenua@mail.pf

DECEMBER

TIARE DAYS (54TH EDITION) – TAHITI: 
DECEMBER 2

This event – which is focused on the theme: “wreaths and bunches of tiare Tahiti” – is a special tribute to Tahiti’s national emblematic flower, the tiare Tahiti. There will be various events related to the tiare flower, such as competitive decorations in Papeete’s businesses and public institutions. 
Contact : gsft@mail.pf / www.gsft.pf

RAID APETAHI – RAIATEA:
DECEMBER 3

A running race in Raiatea in honor of the rarest flower, the “Apetahi” tiare flower. Indeed, the environment-oriented organizers wish, through this event, to bring awareness to the importance in protecting this endemic endangered species. 
Contact : u_upa@hotmail.com 

FESTIVAL MAKEVA ANAA:
BEGINNING OF DECEMBER

‘Anaa atoll goes into action as they share their culture, their traditions and their skills with delegations from other islands ; The invited delegations perform dances and chants and prepare the Umu Ti fire walk and visit cultural sites.
Comité organisateur Makeva Anaa
Contact: joana@mail.pf

CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY:
MID-DECEMBER

The city of Papeete shimmers with lights on Boulevard Pomare on the waterfront and at the city hall as they nights comes in. Shops contribute to the magic as they decorate their store fronts for Christmas, much to the excitement of kids and adults.
Papeete Centre Ville – CCISM – Mairie de Papeete
Contact: Marie@ccism.pfpcv@mail.pf /www.ccism.pf/pcv

POLYNESIAN ART JEWELRY FOR CHRISTMAS:
FROM DECEMBER 20 TO DECEMBER 24

The Polynesian handicraft art association puts on display some great skills and diverse handicraft work in the hall of the Assembly of French Polynesia.
Association Bijouterie d’Art Polynésien 
Contact: fauuracreations@yahoo.fr

Public Holidays

Please note the following public holidays to be observed in French Polynesia:

* Jan 01 – New Years Day * Apr 03 – Good Friday *Apr 05 – Easter Sunday * Apr 06  – Easter Monday * May 01 – Labor Day * May 08 – Victory Day * May 14 – Ascension * May 25 – Whit Monday *  Jun 29 – Autonomy Day * Jul 14 – National Day/Bastille Day * Aug 15 – Assumption *  Nov 01 – All Saints Day * Nov 11 – Armistice Day * Dec 25 – Christmas Day

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