Fire-Dance

In this site’s post on Polynesian fire-dancing headed “Fire-Dancing – The Hottest Experience In Bora” it was recorded that: “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 […]

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Bora Bora Boulangerie

If there is something everyone yearns for, no matter where you are living, it is surely a top-knotch boulangerie (those legendary French bread bakery shops). Walking into a French boulangerie in the early morning is a warming experience in more ways than one. A meeting place for the smiling faces of old friends, the chance to […]

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Sports Illustrated in Bora Bora

Sports Illustrated was in Bora Bora this month doing their annual swimsuit (2016) shooting. The swim-suit issue of the magazine, a magazine which has a weekly readership in excess of 23 million, generates not just videos but calendars & its own TV show. This is the 5th time the islands of Tahiti have been used for the shoot this time […]

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The Cost Of Love

Amidst the myriad of things that can happen on Bora Bora is to be swept away by the beauty & the romance of this wonderful gift of Mother Nature & to spontaneously decide to undertake a special traditional Tahitian ceremony in an intimate & romantic setting so as to celebrate & to seal one’s life-long love. After a couple […]

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Taurua Varua – Bora Bora’s Unique Cultural Ceremony

The “Taurua Varua” (Fete of the Spirit) is a celebratory competition of himene (formal Tahitian religious choral songs) & of Orero (ancient artistic forms of oral declaration) which takes place on Bora Bora in January each year. It is without doubt Bora Bora’s most important religious cultural event; as important a cultural event as the Heiva i Bora Bora. Originally called the […]

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Sharks, Sting Rays & Manta Rays

DECEMBER 2015 – UPDATE  Some interesting reading in advance of your becoming immersed in the fascinating report that follows……. The British organisation ‘Manta Trust’ has just spent the second half of 2015 working with local authorities in French Polynesia identifying manta rays at Maupiti with the aim of gaining information that could assist in the preservation of […]

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Cock Fighting – A Traditional Pastime

When the Polynesians came from Eastern Asia in their va’a (outrigger canoes) to these islands some thousands of years ago they brought with them the plants & animals necessary for their survival. Amongst those on board were fighting cocks & hens, a fact confirmed by ornithologists whose studies of wild fowl in Bora Bora have […]

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Hawaiki Nui Va’a – the great event

The greatest ocean paddling race of them all was conducted for the 24th consecutive year this week, the first week in November. Almost 100 outrigger canoes – 6 man va’a – left Huahine on the first leg of a 3 day competition which would take them 44.5km to Raiatea, then 26km to Tahaa the following day & finishing a […]

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Raid Anei

The Raid Anei is an eagerly awaited event. This year’s course was no exception set as it was in the mountains above Point Matira along a ridge-line that offers a spectacular bird’s eye view of why Bora Bora is regarded as the most beautiful island in the world with the world’s most beautiful lagoon. The first climb took ‘raiders’ steeply to […]

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