Maraamu Surf Ski Race – 2017

The Maraamu Surf Ski Race, part of the World Championship in the discipline, is more than the greatest downwind race of them all. With a favourable swell, these canoes, weighing slightly over 9 kilograms for around 6 meters in length yet only … [Read more...]

HONEYMOON BORA BORA

You're on your honeymoon in Bora Bora - a couple of glorious days in the world's most beautiful lagoon just chilling out ……… After 2-3 days 'sun-baking' - you're looking for something new something special to celebrate your commitment to a lifelong … [Read more...]

Shark, Ray & Tropical Fish Encounters in Bora Bora, Paradise On Earth.

Out & about in paradise last week with Bora Bora's leading wedding planner - Bora Bora Insider - Wedding Planner- taking in the world's most beautiful lagoon. This is an outing that never ceases to amaze, a voyage where one is humbled by a truly … [Read more...]

Heiva i Bora Bora, 2017 – The Complete Guide

This guide follows on the heels of last year's outline that was greatly appreciated by readers. As a consequence it follows closely the layout of the first report updated for this year's celebration.In an exceptional article on this site covering … [Read more...]

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 … [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 … [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...]