2019 Taurua Varua

The 2019 Taurua Varua is well underway with a full night at Anau where in excess of 800 sang whilst 2 Aitos rendered 2 exceptional Oreros. The Aitos contemplate their Oreros.....photo thanks to Radio Bora Bora I have written extensively on … [Read more...]

Bora Bora – Unique Environment

Today’s tourist is better informed & more discerning about travel destinations than any generation before. As more & more people travel, the quality of the environment has become a primary concern. Today’s tourist is more sensitive to … [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 - FAANUI After 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...]

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...]

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...]

Bora Bora – Politics & Tourists

COMMENT - June 2017 For a destination for which tourism is it's economic motor, where the majority of visitors are english speaking & to a large extent Americans used to living a cash-less society where the credit card plays a central role in … [Read more...]

Coconut Tree Climbing Championship Of The World

Over 2000 years ago the coconut was an essential component of the great oceanic migrations of the Polynesians, indeed a major source of life. The coconut was easy to transport, did not rot over a long period of time whilst remaining a good food … [Read more...]