Bora Bora Papa

Papa – the term of endearment for the father figure of a family, a sign of strength & of protection. It’s a theme reflected in the Tahitian meaning of the word “papa” used to identify a large, flat stone. In the case of Bora Bora papa sits imposingly above the warm tropical waters that lap Bora Bora’s outer reef, atop the coral reef that protects & […]

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Bora Bora Pottery – Myriama Prokop

The re-opening of MyriamaProkop’s pottery work-shop has been long awaited for lovers of this noble art – 7 years in fact whilst she motorcycled around SE Asia in between pottery classes! EVENT: Inauguration of renowned Tahitian potter Myriama Prokop’s Bora Bora work-shop, studio/gallery – Myriama PROKOP POTERIE WHEN: 9th May, 2015 WHERE: ‘Beside the Potter’s Kiln’ – […]

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Vaitape – Bora Bora

Vaitape always held a place of importance on Bora Bora – the word vaitape signifying “the place where bodies are taken at maturity” in reference to the fact that in times gone by it was here that deceased persons of distinction were embalmed for their voyage to Rohotu No’ana’a (Polynesian heaven). King Tapoa II (see below) was probably the last monarch […]

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Sailing Bora Bora, Tahaa, Raiatea, Huahine, Maupiti, Tupai, Mopelia…

To cruise the waters of French Polynesia’s Leeward Islands is nirvana for many. The choice is tantilizing – legendary Bora Bora, authentic Tahaa, spiritual Raiatea & Huahine the most feminine of them not forgetting magical Maupiti & the untouched motus (atolls) of Tupai & even Mopelia. It’s truly the best cruising in the world – there’s nothing to rival the consistent sailing […]

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The Clinging Cave of Mt Otemanu

How many, JUST HOW MANY have stared in wonder at the cave clinging to the cliff-face of Mt Otemanu & dreamt of the views that it would offer, the excitement of discovery, how good it would be to just be there & said:  “I want to go there!” Well, dream no more………..it’s yours! TRIP OVERVIEW Far […]

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Hawaiki Nui Va’a – History in the Making

The va’a (outrigger canoe) symbolizes the fundamental link between man & sea; in the case of Polynesians it represents the essence of their civilization. As the means by which Polynesians came to their lands the va’a also transported the plants & animals necessary for their survival thereby providing the structural organization which would have profound […]

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Marathon Swimming to Bora Bora

Have you ever thought that climbing Everest was the greatest test of human endurance? Well consider this – since Hillary climbed Everest in 1953 almost 5000 others have done so; since Webb first swam the English Channel in 1875 only around 1000 have managed to complete the task. Indeed only 1 in 10 of those who […]

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Va’a – The Secret to World Championship Success

In the recent World Va’a (Outrigger Canoe) Championships conducted in Rio, Brazil Tahiti won 31 of the 55 events contested. To be that dominant at the international level in outrigger canoe racing against countries such as Australia, the USA, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada………..…….is an incredible performance. Tahiti’s paddlers included 10 from Bora Bora. They would […]

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Riding Sharks & Feeding Rays

The greatest highlight, the coolest thing possible in Bora Bora for many is to swim with the massive lemon sharks on the outer reef off Teavanui Pass, Bora Bora’s only pass. This is the adventure of a lifetime where the adrenalin hit is at its highest, where the risk/reward factor reaches the ultimate. We took […]

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