• Bora Bora Island - French Polynesia

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...]

Bora Bora – Politics & Tourists

COMMENT - September, 2016 The running of the Maraamu Surf Ski Race 2016 has just taken place & it was, once again, not only a tremendous race but also a great promotion for Bora Bora & the surrounding islands, in particular Tahaa. Congratulations to organisers who have developed this … [Read More...]

Maraamu Surf Ski Race 2016

The Maraamu Surf-Ski Race is arguably the world’s greatest downwind race. It's a course that takes paddlers from the island of Tahaa across one of the world's most scenic ocean crossings to what many regard as paradise on earth - Bora Bora with its acclaimed lagoon & mythical mountain … [Read More...]