Date: Throughout July
Heiva I Tahiti is a traditional fokloric festival, and it constitutes the biggest celebration in the Polynesian calendar. It will take place, as usual, during a good part of the month of July throughout the Polynesian islands. Its program includes many sports' events (canoe racing, surfing, golf, cyclism, soccer, etc.) but also traditional sports (outrigger canoeing, spear throwing, fruit carriers' races, copra husking competitions, etc.). Culture and traditions are obviously at the center of the festivities with tattooing, weaving, knowledge of local pharmacopea, fire walking and the big historical reenactments in marae (temples). The prestigious singing and dancing competitions, which gather in Tahiti nearly 10,000 participants all month long, are the highlight of these festivities, as well the highly popular canoe races. The other islands besides Tahiti (namely Moorea, Bora Bora and Raiatea, but also the Austral and the Marquesas islands), will not be left behind. According to their resources and possibilities, they will also organize important artistic, cultural and sports showcases to celebrate local tradition.
The festival's main contest takes place Tahua To'ata stadium, on Papeete's coastline, and it's truly spectacular, with all Polynesia's best and most prestigious dance academies competing between them. Festivities also include a military parade through Papeete's streets commemorating the Bastille Day, on July the 14th.
Date: 21 to 31 of August
They are all here, they all came to put on a good show on the dangerous waves of Teahupo'o for the Tahiti Pro, the 7th instance in the World Surf League. For two days the sport's world best specialists will compete to add their name to the hall of fame of one of the most prestigious surfing competions in the world. As to our Tahitian champions, they don't feel left out and this year hope to destabilize the world's best surfers at their favorite spot.
Date: 28 to 31 of October
The new edition of this very important va'a (rowing) competition in Polynesia and in the world. With over 100 canoes at the start line between Huahine, Raiatea and Bora Bora and a legendary finish line on Matira Beach, the race will be followed by over 10,000 spectators who, for the occasion, take a full week's vacation. Broadcasted live over 20 countries, this competition is the best overseas advertising for our islands. The race starts in Huahine to Raiatea (Day 1), then Raiatea to Taha'a (Day 2), and lastly the most difficult and longest segment of the race, Taha'a to Bora Bora (Day 3).
It is, without a doubt, the whole French Polynesian rowing race's calendar culmination, and the most important race in the year.
Date: 16 to 19 of December
This festival is one of Polynesian culture's most authentic existing manifestations. It is held every 4 years in one of the 6 inhabited Marquesas Islands. This year, it's the small Ua Pou's turn to shine as the host.
During 4 days in December, artists, musicians and dancers from all the Marquesas will gather in Ua Pou to display a true and unique show. This festival also attracts enthousiasts from the other Polynesian Islands, as well as from other countries of the world, and brings the Marquesas to the spotlight during these days. It is an exceptional way to understand why the Marquesas, one of the world's most remote archipelagoes, are famous for being the wardens of culture and tradition.