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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Heiva I Waikiki 2016

The week-end just passed marked the staging of the inaugural Heiva I Waikiki, a celebration of Tahitian culture through dance, music, craft & traditional sports. Although due to be staged over Saturday & Sunday with the traditional sports … [Read more...]

Otemanu Climbed….Descent by Wingsuit

Readers will be interested to see the video following on my report dated 31/12/2015 as follows:Last Monday, two Frenchmen - Rodolphe Cassan & Julien Millaud - became not only the first to climb Mt Otemanu (727m) but also the first to jump off … [Read more...]

Bora Bora Whales

UPDATE - 24th August, 2016The whales are well & truly back in the waters surrounding Bora Bora.Here are a couple of photos taken by leading professional photographer Stephan Debelle snapped just 2 days ago - 22 August, 2016. They give … [Read more...]

Bora Bora Heiva – The Official Photographer’s Take

As the Heiva I Bora Bora 2016 unfolds to reveal the Polynesian’s love to celebrate in a spirit of joy through song & dance, here’s Bora Bora Insider’s:  "A Photo A Day" – a pictorial guide taking readers on an adventure through the Heiva.Each … [Read more...]