Miss Poehine – Queen of Bora Bora, 2014

Some years ago, in early 2005 I assisted the Australian Broadcasting Commission’s (ABC) Foreign Correspondent television programme in the production of a report covering the “Mahu – ‘Tahiti’s Third Gender’”. It was an interesting insight into Polynesian history & culture. The mahu has played a central role in Polynesian society for centuries; it was not unusual for […]

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Bora Bora Through The Eyes Of A Recent Visitor – Helga

This is the First in a series of unsolicited reports forwarded to Bora Bora Insider by recent visitors to Bora Bora. The reports are UNEDITED & appear IN FULL. This is not gratuitous commentary, rather it depicts the genuine experience of the report writer – good or otherwise, warts & all! Bora Bora Insider trusts the information proves a useful tool for those […]

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Fire-Dancing – the Hottest Experience in Bora

The oldest known practice of fire-dancing is found in Polynesian culture; the oldest records show Polynesians centuries ago fire-dancing with war clubs lit to express their battle prowess. Fired by the Polynesian passion for dance the ceremony is nowadays performed at important ceremonies, often backed by the fa’atete – a Tahitian drum usually made from coconut wood & struck with either […]

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The Valley of the Kings

Faanui  (Valley of Nui), a place of refuge, a place where one can gather the ‘breath of life’ as the ancient Tahitian expression, E Mapuhiraa aho no Faanui says, derives its name from Nui, the son of Porapora-i-te-fenau-tahi (the First-Born in the Time of Man), who’s umbilical cord was buried here in the valley. It’s a tradition […]

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Bora Bora Tamure (dancing)

Dancing has played a major role in Polynesian life for centuries. Those voyaging to these shores will have noticed the Polynesians innate passion for dancing & yet the tamure was almost wiped out in the early 19th century by missionaries who banned the dance as ‘debauchery’, as an expression of paganism. The Heiva with its internationally […]

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Magical Maupiti

There’s something about Maupiti, something captivating, a sense of raw beauty, a feeling of the ultimate paradise. Maupiti, fiercely independent, the most authentic of the Society Islands is a utopia that will forever hold a little bit of anyone who visits but give so much more in return……. Geologically its part of the same mountain […]

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Bora Bora Liquid Festival

EVENT OVERVIEW Reasons To Participate A competitive festival run in a refreshingly casual atmosphere; Unbeatable way to see the best lagoon in the world; A unique opportunity to participate in life as the locals live; to see Bora Bora as ‘a local’ rather than a tourist. For 5 days prior to the opening of the […]

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The Ultimate Jet Ski – Bora Bora

If it’s thrills a minute with the adrenalin pumping ‘full-on’, if it’s seeing the best of Bora Bora, feeling at one with the most beautiful lagoon in the world & finding your own piece of paradise, then get wet, have fun & totally lose yourself in taking the thrilling ride around the island on a jet-ski.   […]

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HawaikiNui Va’a

The Race that Stops a Nation   RACE OVERVIEW The ultimate test of paddler’s power, determination & endurance – mental & physical; The world’s leading off-shore outrigger canoe race; Sensational maritime journey through the world’s most stunning waterways; Brilliant opportunities to snorkel, dive or fish the world’s most beautiful passes & lagoons; Chance to participate […]

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