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 polluted or environmentally degraded conditions than ever before. Such destinations have seen their tourist numbers evaporate. In the long […]

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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 persistent rain the sudden glorious sunset over the shimmering waters directly across to Faanui Temple augured well for the […]

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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 the Heiva I Bora Bora, the celebrations & ceremonies involved were outlined in the […]

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Taurua Varua – reflections on a harmonious past

The exceptional religious ceremony of the Taurua Varua (Fete of the Spirit) has been conducted consistently and uniquely in Bora Bora since the early 1800’s & beginnings of Christianity on the island. It marks a convivial gathering of the people of Bora Bora irrespective of colour or creed, position or social standing, a fact recognised in the […]

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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, something known to Tahitians for centuries their having arrived in Tahiti with fighting […]

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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 to their being “professionals”. Cr. Staradvertiser Mother Nature was generous today in offering paddlers wonderful […]

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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 any expenditure, the following article on credit card useage is almost unbelievable! […]

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Bora Bora Heiva – Complete Guide

In an earlier article on this site covering the Heiva I Bora Bora, the celebrations & ceremonies involved were outlined in the following terms: “The Heiva is Tahiti’s most emphatic statement of their deep history & rich culture. It’s a non-stop, month long celebration of joy through dance, song & other cultural events giving an understanding of […]

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