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could hardly be a corner of the world further removed from the everyday than the
South Pacific islands of
Nightlife & Party with Locals
The scattered nature of the islands and resorts means that, except in Papeete, most entertainment is provided by the hotels – the larger of which provide varied programmes that include traditional – often spectacular - dance shows and feast nights. Many hotels arrange themed buffets with live entertainment and dancing in a romantic setting of almost surreal beauty; combined with the warm breezes of the tropics, these are the perfect ingredients for a romantic evening in paradise!
Gourmet Cuisine & Dining Out
World''s Best Scuba Dive Sites
the journey is long,
Events in Tahiti
French Polynesia’s major cultural festivals are the July ‘Heiva i
February is the month of the Moorea Marathon. It attracts hundreds of
participants from around the world and coincides with a week of entertainment
and cultural activities. Moorea also stages a Tere Fa’Ati to match
The Tahiti Tourisme Body Surfing & Skimboarding (Fa’ahe’e Tino & Fa’ahe’e Iri) Competition is just the thing for watersports fanatics to prove their talents.
The world’s top surfers meet for the Billabong Pro Surfing
The International Golf Open is held at the end of June on French
Polynesia’s sole course - Tahiti’s Olivier Bréaud course on
The Heiva I Tahiti, a
month-long gathering of choral and dance groups, is held in downtown
August features the Te Vai Ari’I or ‘Super Aito’ Maraton three-day outrigger cane race featuring the best hundred rowers of the moment.
In the Leeward Islands, Va’a (canoe-racing) is the classic traditional sport and this month’s Hawaiki Nui Va’a sees over 100 canoes racing between the islands of Huahine, Raiatea, Taha’a and Bora Bora.
While in Papeete you can visit ‘In Gauguin’s Footsteps’, an exhibition in celebration of the life and works of Gauguin, a name indelibly associated with Tahiti.
Sightseeing in Tahiti
and its 118 islands span an area of ocean as large as
WHAT TO SEE
and most developed of the Society Islands archipelago is Tahiti, which combines
the unmistakable ambience of the
Just 12 miles away, is Moorea, a vision of James Michener’s mythical Bali Hai, with jagged mountain peaks, stunning bays, lagoons and pristine beaches. You can encircle mountainous Moorea (by taxi or bicycle) on a 38-mile journey around the coast. Take in the Belvedere viewpoint, for a superb panorama of Opunohu and Cook''s Bays, then travel through coffee plantations and pineapple fields, visiting amazing ancient marae temples en route. Papetoai church, built by early 19th century missionaries, is the oldest European building in the South Pacific. Visit Fare Vanilla to see how Tahitian vanilla is grown and processed.
Remote Rangiroa is not a single island but an atoll, a coral necklace encircling a vast lagoon so large that you cannot see the other side. Sightseeing? Well, on one side of the atoll is the main village of Avatoru, separated by a 45-minute boat ride from Tiputa, the only other village, with houses ringed with bleached coral and fenced with flowering hedges. Some of the small islets within Rangiroa''s lagoon are important bird sanctuaries – among them Paio, easily accessed by boat.
WHAT TO DO
good way to take in the island’s lush scenery is on a 4x4 expedition that passes
rivers and waterfalls as it climbs into the mountains – while a helicopter tour
is even more spectacular. The energetic can try some surfing, fly-surfing
(parasailing and surfing combined!), scuba-diving, sailing, horse riding, and
even 18-hole golf. Downtown
hard to resist the temptation to do absolutely nothing – but Moorea’s grand
scenery demands discovery. Seek out some of the best beaches – at Teavaro and
Haapiti, for example, and by Hauru Point. Walk a mountain trail. Hire a car or
bike. Take a 4x4 safari. Or enjoy the finest views of all from a helicopter.
There’s watersports of almost every kind, and the chance to swim with some of
those friendly dolphins! Visit Moorea’s intriguing Pearl Farm - and Pao Pao
market for locally made handicrafts. Other than these, the only serious buys are
those (expensive) black pearls. Entertainment is mostly confined to the hotels –
though not to be missed is the
spare some time and energy to explore – especially for a circular island tour by
car or bicycle. Don’t miss the fabulous beach that stretches for over two miles
around the coconut-studded peninsula of Matira Point.
visitors come to Rangiroa for
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