Polynesian Events not to be missed

Polynesia Tatau – Tattoo convention (March)

This tattoo festival features the best Polynesian tattoo artists but also famous international artists, more than 50 tattooists are reunited. The festival offers tattoo contests and several cultural animations. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the history of Polynesian tattoos or even to get tattooed!

Australia-Tahiti Rendez-Vous (last Friday of the month of June)

This event has a morning information session for an update on Australia capabilities, facilities and amazing tourism and cruising grounds. Celebration continues in the afternoon with the famous crew Barbecue competition and theme networking party. It is a great opportunity for sailors to meet the Australian agent directly.

Tahiti Moorea Sailing RDV (June)

This three-day event is a warm Polynesian welcome to cruising sailors. The first day consists in welcoming sailors, on the early evening cocktails are offered. The rally departure is in Papeete on the second day. At the arrival in Moorea a Polynesian party is waiting. A canoe race and cultural animations take place on the last day. The traditional lunch (ma’a Tahiti) is served. This is a great opportunity to discover Polynesian culture and to have fun.

Heiva (July)

Heiva is a festival of traditional Tahitian dances taking place in July. It is one the most important cultural events in French Polynesia and surely the best well-known dancing competition. For the first time Heiva i Tahiti festival was organized in 1985. This beautiful colorful show has been taking place for more than 20 years paying homage to national traditions and rites. It is a great opportunity to discover Tahitian dances. 

Billabong Pro (August)

This famous surfing competition is part of the ASP World Tour and takes place in Teahupo’o during August. Since the first time it took place in 1999, it has been recognized as one of the world’s heaviest big wave competitions. Indeed, Teahupo’o is described as Tahiti’s Mythic Wave. Attending this surfing competition is really thrilling and gives the opportunity to discover Tahiti Iti.

Hawaiiki Nui (November)

This outrigger canoe race has been first organized in 1992. It is a va’a (Polynesian canoes) race that takes place over three days. It starts in Huahine to Raiatea, then Raiatea to Taha’a, and finally Taha’a to Bora Bora. Teams from all over the world participate. This spectacular race offers the opportunity to discover the Raromatai islands.