• Bora Bora Island - French Polynesia
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Barack in Bora Bora

Barack Obama is winging into Tahiti today from Honolulu aboard a private jet to spend a month in paradise.He'll be staying at The Brando on Titiaroa, a new , very up-market ecologically minded hotel ranked consistently amongst the best in the world, & of course coming to Bora Bora - now … [Read More...]

Taurua Varua 2017 – reflections on a harmonious past

The exceptional religious ceremony of the Taurua Varua (Fete of the Spirit) has been conducted consistently and uniquely in Bora Bora since the early 1800's & beginnings of Christianity on the island. It marks a convivial gathering of the people of Bora Bora irrespective of colour or creed, … [Read More...]

Wood Carving & Tattoos

The wood carving of the Marquisians has long been held to be the best in all Polynesia. Regarded by their peers as being the finest artisans amongst them, these talented craftsmen, or Tuhuna as they were/are known, have over the centuries often applied those same exceptional skills to the art … [Read More...]

Cock-Fighting In Paradise

November 11th is a day of Remembrance - Armistice Day - a day marked throughout French Polynesia with a gathering of locals at the Cock-Fighting, the oldest known spectator sport in the world &, as reported in my Cock-Fighting Report last year, something known to Tahitians for centuries … [Read More...]

Hawaiki Nui Va’a 2016

The world’s greatest outrigger canoe (va’a) race - the Hawaiki Nui Va'a - is underway!Contested over the next 3 day for a total distance of 128.7km, a record number of 147 va’a are here to test themselves against the best in a competition that defies superlatives. This year teams have come … [Read More...]

Molokai Hoe 2016 – The “Professionalism” of Tahiti

The 64th running of the Molokai Hoe would see a remarkable achievement in Tahiti’s "Shell Va’a" winning their 10th Molokai Hoe & an equally remarkable response in the suggestion from certain Hawaiians that the superiority of the Tahitians was due to their being “professionals”.Cr. … [Read More...]

Club Med Bora Bora For Sale

After the collapse of Clive Palmer's business affairs in Australia the businessman is reported to be looking at selling around $AUD150million worth of major property assets.His own house is already on the market & rumours are rife that the 30 hectare former Club Med site which he bought … [Read More...]

Na Wahine O Ke Kai – 2016

The Na Wahine O Ke Kai was first run in 1979 when 10 va’a competed ..... it had taken 57 years to convince certain men that women could safely paddle the course (& only after 2 women's crews has secretly made the crossing in 1975)!Tahiti’s first attempt was in 1984 when Ihilani Teva … [Read More...]