Bora Bora – Are You Joking???

It just got worse!!!!Just 2 months after my initial post dated 26th May, 2017 - see report below - on a morning when 2,600 passengers arrived aboard a cruise-liner, I am in town heading to my bank & intrigued by, to the extent of being … [Read more...]

Tahiti-Helicopters, Bora Bora / Tupai – Closed!

As of today Tahiti-Helicopters is no longer operational. After 10 years of operation & around $US8 million invested the company has handed back to the government its permit to land on Tupai & closed its doors permanently reportedly on the … [Read more...]

Taurua Varua

Those wishing to have a more profound understanding of this exceptional & Unique Cultural Ceremony should click the link included herewith for a fascinating insight into the event.1st NIGHT OF CELEBRATORY COMPETITION - FAANUIAfter days of … [Read more...]

Heiva i Bora Bora – 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...]

Taurua Varua – 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...]

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, … [Read more...]

Hawaiki Nui Va’a

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 – 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

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...]