WHATS ON IN BORA

A CALENDAR OF BORA BORA’S ANNUAL EVENTS, FESTIVITIES, ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

 

THE 3  RED HOT  INSIDER TIPS

 

FEATURED EVENTS – 2017

JANUARY

1  NEW YEAR’S DAY   Most celebrate through the night bringing in the New Year watching fireworks. Needless to say, a quiet day follows with seaside family get-togethers celebrating over a hinano or ten – Matira Beach is popular (& the best option for visitors).

Little is open – Chin Lee (supermarket) & a few pearl shops (if a cruise ship in in town). Many restaurants closed over the Christmas/New Year’s break (details noted herein in specific reports).

 

favourite-himene-shot15/22/29 TAURUA VARUA   

A cultural celebration unique to Bora Bora featuring Himene (traditional song) & Orero (traditional oral declaration) dating back to the early 1800’s.

Conducted over 3 consecutive Sunday “all nighters” at the Protestant Temples in Anau, Faa’nui & Nunue (the order for this year), the Taurua Varua is something special.

bora-dragon28           CHINESE NEW YEAR 

Celebrated within the Chinese community throughout French Polynesia including Bora Bora.

An opportunity for families to gather & to look forward to happiness, health & prosperity in the year ahead.

 

FEBRUARY

fifo4-12  FIFO – PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

The 14th consecutive running of this prestigious event promoting documentaries made in & about the Pacific region.

Excellent selection of films to suit any enthusiast or critic.

 

fish-lady14 ST. VALENTINE’S DAY

Bora Bora can be a great place to spend St Valentine’s Day for those looking for something unique & unforgettable………….contact this site to have your very own lunch ‘Feet in the Water’ on a private motu (island) or floating gently at reef’s end overlooking Raiatea & Tahaa on your own private houseboat with only reefsharks & sting-rays as your guests.

 

MARCH

missionary-arrival-bora5           CELEBRATION OF THE ARRIVAL OF THE MISSIONARIES    

A public holiday marking the day on which the first Protestant Missionaries arrived in Tahiti in 1797. See the kaleidoscopic colour of the head couronne worn by church-goers & hear the sensational himene (choral singing) in Protestant Churches throughout French Polynesia.

 

enrique-papara12-17      PAPARA PRO   

World Surfing League (formerly ASP) World Tour Men’s Qualifying Series event in the consistent surf & magical setting of Tahiti’s Papara.

This a great shot of local surfer Enrique

Head out & have a surf for yourself!

tiare-orero15          ORERO CHAMPIONSHIP OF BORA BORA  

An ancient artistic form of oral declaration preserved in a series of championships Tahiti-wide conducted under the auspices of the Ministry of Education. An event requiring great talent not to mention a fabulous costume it packs in the locals & is well worth seeing. Check it out on Bora Orero.

 

temae-beach25 MOOREA INTERNATIONAL MARATHON

Marathon staged in the magnificent setting of Moorea starting & finishing on the staggeringly beautiful Temae Beach.

A much prized competition on the international circuit.

Worth taking part…..if you can concentrate other than on the panoramic vistas!

APRIL

tattoo-event30/3-3/4  POLYNESIA TATOU 2017 TATTOO CONVENTION

CANCELLED……BOOOOOO!!!

The World’s best tattooers gather at Musee de Tahiti for what is a ‘must see’ event.

UNBELIEVABLE! Check out Tattoo Report.

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8         MISS & MISTER BORA BORA 2017   

Grand evening spectacle at Vaitape & open to the public.  Live music, dinner (4,000xpf) or non-dinner (1500xpf), from 7pm. For tourists who are in town this can represent a night out with a difference – no need to book but simply turn up at the large white marquis on the night! Run & Won!

You can find coverage here of previous year’s events on this site.

vaitoetoe-pass8              RAID VANIRA  

A 15km cross-country event through Tahaa’s beautiful natural scenery.

Music, arts & crafts, vanilla & much more.

 

 

bodyboard-teahupoo18-2/5   BODYBOARD SPARKGREEN TEAHUPOO CHALLENGE

Professional body-boarding championship at the mythic spot!

The photo to the left clicked by the local press (La Depeche) is tempting enough for us all!

 

MAY

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20    MATARII i RARO  

The marking of the end of the period of abundance with the passing of the Pleiades constellation & celebrated in a magical, mystical & very spiritual sitting atop the Maroto in Tahiti.

An absolute MUST for those interested in authentic Tahitian culture. The very best!

sailing-off-matira-bora23-27 May  TAHITI PEARL REGATTA  

The 12th consecutive running of this splendid, fun regatta offering sailors the chance to sail some of the most beautiful waters in the world through the mesmorising Society Islands. Here’s a report on the Tahiti Pearl Regatta.

 

best-couple26          PAREU DAY 

Wrap yourself up in a pareu & join in the fun.

 

 

 

27/5 – 3/6 WORLD SCHOOLS BEACH VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS  Staged in Papeete & involving the very best up & coming players from around the globe.

JUNE       

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13            SCHOOL HEIVA  

If you happen to be in Vaitape the Heiva des Ecoles (School Heiva) festival showcases the local school children dressed up in their Heiva attire whilst singing & dancing in the way tradition has always had it.

Here’s coverage of the 2016 Heiva des Ecoles.

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17  THE FETE OF MUSIC

Head on down to the Maitai Hotel from 5pm onwards to enjoy some good music played by several excellent local groups.

Entry 2000xpf

 

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26/6-30/7  HEIVA i BORA BORA 2017  

The Heiva is Tahiti’s most emphatic statement of Polynesia’s deep history & rich culture; the Heiva i Bora Bora a world famous spectacle danced on white sands at the foot of Mts Otemanu & Pahia. It is innate for Tahitians to party & the Heiva is a non-stop, month long

celebration of joy through dance, song, sport & other cultural events. It’s also one of the greatest shows on earth. Here are a very useful Guide To The Heiva & an excellent Photographic Coverage For 2016.

23 MISS TAHITI PAGEANT

28-30 1st IVF VA’A  WORLD DISTANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS  Chance to see the world’s best outrigger canoe paddlers in action. Event staged on the island of Tahiti.

 

JULY

heiva-tahiti6-22       HEIVA I TAHITI 2017    

136th edition of this legendary event conducted in Papeete, Tahiti.

 

 

 

14           BASTILLE DAY  –  France’s major holiday!

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22           RAID ANEI BORA BORA 

A wonderful outing both for the competitive & those who enjoy good hiking. Here’s the report for the 2014 Raid Anei. An interesting report headed Bora Bora’s Best Hike covering part of the 2015 course; so good it was again central to the 2016 raid.

30           MOLOKAI 2 OAHU  –  World Championship of prone & SUP in a joint race across Kauii Chanel.

AUGUST 

sick-wave18-29     BILLABONG PRO  

The world’s greatest surfing event held in the world’s ‘sickest’ wave at Teahupoo is set to run in August 2016.

Crazy!

 

 

19           SUPER AITO VA’A   –   The single-man outrigger canoers Ironman event – nothing less! Conducted in the waters of Tahiti this will mark the 26th running of the event.

SEPTEMBER

manarii-gauthier3              HEIVA I WAIKIKI

This promises to lift the practice of Ori Tahiti (Tahitian Dancing) in Hawaii to new levels.

The competition, organised by legendary dance group Tahiti Mana will held at the Hawaii Theatre – 11am-7pm. The event is must see for those in Hawaii at the time.

8-25 WORLD STAND-UP PADDLE CHAMPIONSHIPS

maraamu-surf-ski9               MARAAMU SURF SKI RACE  

The World Series Maraamu Surf Ski Race features the world’s best kayakers in a thrilling 40km dash in the world’s best down-wind blue water ocean race. The setting is the stunning surroundings between Tahaa’s Paipai Pass & legendary Bora Bora.

Here’s a lead-in report to this year’s event, the Maraamu 2016, the 8th consecutive running of this prestigious event.

team-bora-bora24            NA WAHINE O KE KAI

The World’s greatest outrigger ocean race for woman!

You’ll find an extensive report here at Na Wahine O Ke Kai.

The race was cancelled last year in the face of massive seas – expect a major turn-out this year!

 

OCTOBER

shell-victory-molokai8         MOLOKAI HOE

Last year the Hawaiians remarked: “Well at least we could see the Tahitains this year.”

Well the Tahitians will be back, looking to win yet again. They just did – SEE IT HERE!

Great race!

NOVEMBER  

hawaiki-nui-crowd1-3           HAWAIKI NUI VA’A RACE  

This the 25th consecutive Hawaiki’nui Va’a Race sees the world’s greatest outrigger canoe race explode into action. Six (6) man outrigger canoes are paddled on 3 consecutive days from Huahine to Raiatea (day 1), Raiatea to Tahaa (day 2) & Tahaa to Bora Bora (day 3) in a  test of physical & mental power which defies superlatives. To witness the finish at Matira Beach is a world magic moment!

bora-combat-coqs11,12&13 FAATITORAAMOA

Annual gathering at the major Cock Fighting Festival on the island. An interesting outing to witness what is an ancient Polynesian sport dating back thousands of years.

 

19           MATARII i NI’A   –   The marking of the arrival of the Matarii (the Pleiades constellation) & the period of abundance celebrated in venerated grounds atop the Maroto in the centre of Tahiti. Polynesian culture authentically preserved. A MUST!

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20-25  –  HOLOPUNI CHANNEL RACE  

UNBELEIVABLE Race from Tahiti to Bora Bora in Holopunis!

Check it out here:

Holopuni  or here for plenty of Video Action

 

DECEMBER

bora-bora-eventsNov28-Dec3  –  KXT IRONMANA LIQUID FESTIVAL  A series of water-sport disciplines as diverse as single-man outrigger canoes, surf-skis, SUP, paddleboarding, ocean water swimming, horizontal free-diving & even life-saving techniques, the Ironmana marks the ultimate gathering in Tahiti of the world’s best in acquatic sports.

Aside from the competition there are relay races, kids programmes, live entertainment, traditional Tahitian dance (tamure) shows and a variety of tours & excursions open to everyone. Check out the Bora Bora Ironmana Liquid Festival – 2014.

2            RAID APETAHI 2017  –  An excellent 16km event – both serious & ‘fun’ – staged amidst spectacular scenery. This the 8th running of the event will be organised in the Commune of Tumaraa.

bora-va'a8           BORA BORA DISTRICT VA’A 

End of season V1 (single paddler) outrigger canoe championships.

Conducted off stunning  Matira Beach, the setting is exceptional.

 

 

village-de-noel6-9    CHRISTMAS FAIR 

Stores of locally made products from plants to pottery, musical instruments to clothing & jewelry with plenty of local ambience in the form of ukuleles & guitars all under the big white marquee at water’s edge in Vaitape. Worth a visit whilst in Vaitape.

 

bora-hips15          CHRISTMAS PARADE 

A colourful parade of magnificently decorated floats & a night-time dance spectacle.

It’s a great favourite with the population & a chance to spread the wonder & joy of Christmas. Starts just after sunset in central Vaitape.

 

mormon16         CHRISTMAS CAROLS 

7pm at Place Mo’toi in Vaitape.

The major religious confessions sing their hearts out.

 

 

25         CHRISTMAS DAY  

A very Happy Christmas full of peace & joy. If you wish to see what’s on in Bora during Christmas check out Christmas in Bora Bora.

By the way, there’s a great group of decorative Christmas Trees – particularly good to see at night – set up in the Marriage Hall of the Town Hall……it is there behind the big “Mairie de Bora Bora” sign just off the main road.

 

NEWS FLASH:

Overdue Protection

French Polynesia’s application to have Taptapapuatea listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with UNESCO subsequently requiring the country put in place suitable legislation to protect historical monuments & archaeological sites, saw the government finally move to protect the country’s patrimony. More visionary leaders want the legislation extended to protect the environment. This is long overdue & hopefully any new legislation will be properly enforced, not the case with current legislation.

Bora Bora “100% Natural”

In keeping with a quality environment based on sustainable development which has seen Bora Bora awarded the Pavillon Bleu for 16 consecutive years – a mark of the exceptional quality of the island’s swimming waters – the commune has embarked upon an ambitious programme to supply Bora Bora with pesticide free, 100% natural fruit & vegetables. Great news for locals & tourists alike.

Tahiti Air Charter

A sea-plane service offering tours & transport options encompassing Bora Bora, Tupai, Tahaa, Raiatea, Huahine, Moorea & Tahiti is still ‘about to start shortly’, the plane having arrived at its home base in Raiatea in early February, 2016. Prices are expected to be competitive with Air Tahiti. Negotiations for appropriate floating pontoons in the islands are underway. Maximum 8 passengers (minimum 6).

Maupiti Express

The service to Maupiti remains ‘unavailable’…..what a shame for tourists! (TIP: Tourists looking to reach Maupiti from Bora Bora should consider investigating if they can organise transport with one of the Maupiti based fishing boats that supply Bora Bora’s supermarkets weekly.)

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