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15 THINGS TO DO IN FRENCH POLYNESIA (OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 08)

Hawaiki Nui Va'a

October 31–November 02, 2018 • event

The annual event is a great opportunity to experience a canoe competition, as well as other performances that come along

Perfect Diving

June–October  • activity

The beautiful picturesque waters of Bora Bora are perfect for scuba diving

Shark Watching and Feeding

June–November • nature

Your heart rate will rise in the presence of some of these deadly sea predators, swimmers can join the packs in water, while non-swimmers may watch the action from aboard

Diving & Swimming with Manta Rays

May–December • activity

Swim in a company of these gracious underwater creatures in the waters of the Anau Lagoon

Diving and Snorkeling around Tahiti

April–November • activity

Take an unforgettable diving trip in Tahiti during the Polynesia winter when the water temperature is lower and the visibility is clearer

Tahitian Pearl Harvest

May–November • activity

If pearls have captured your heart, come to Tahiti and see how they grow and are harvested

Dolphin Watching

November–July • nature

Check out leaping and playing dolphins in the turquoise waters around your boat—a truly joyful experience in Tahiti

Polynesian Breadfruit (Uru or Ulu)

July–August | November–April • food

Special thanks to the British Captain Cook who discovered this versatile fruit in French Polynesia

Ma’a Tahiti

all year round • food

Give a try to a traditional Tahitian dish prepared in a typical underground oven

Humpback Whales

August–October • nature

Don't miss the opportunity to observe humpback whales and swim up close with these ocean giants

Turtles Laying Eggs

November–January  • nature

Watch sea turtles gracefully make their way to their nesting ground to lay eggs

Surfing

All year (best May–October) • activity

Surfers' dreams come true in Tahiti—home to the world's best waves

Deep Sea Fishing

October–June • activity

Discover deep sea fishing in the open Pacific Ocean and enjoy fabulous views of the islands

Tiare Tahiti

September–April (all year round) • nature

Tahitian emblematic flower is celebrated during Tiare Honoring Days through weaving wreaths and bunches of the favourite blossoms

Hiking

May–October • activity

Explore Tahiti's beauty by foot while visiting Fautaua Valley and the Hitiaa Lava Tubes

9 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Heiva i Bora Bora

June 27–August 05, 2018 • event

The Heiva festival is one of the most fun ways to experience the culture of Bora Bora

KXT Watermana

November 26–December 02, 2018 • event

Taking place in late November–early December over a week, the Watermana endurance competition attracts the attention of some of the best water-based athletes in the world

Wall of Sharks

July 26–28, 2018 • nature

With the full moon shining over the very heart of the Pacific, thousands of spawning groupers are enclosed by hundreds of hungry predators

Baby Turtles Hatching Season

late July–August • nature

Experience the hatching season of baby sea turtles as they make their way into the water for the first time

Heiva i Tahiti

July 04–21, 2018 • event

Discover the symbol of the Polynesian culture and an iconic event for people proud of their heritage and history

Stone Fishing

November, 2020 • activity

Experience this centuries-old Polynesian tradition of catching fish

Vanilla

March–July (harvest) | July–August (pollination) • food

Learn about vanilla growing process and taste Tahitian ice-cream, cakes, others desserts, and tropical cocktails with vanilla—the islands' delicious signature

Papara Pro Surf Festival

March 11–16, 2018 • event

This is your chance to witness the uprise of new "kings of waves" on this tiny tropical island in the Pacific!

Poisson Cru

May–September • food

Try this fresh and simple, yet flavorful, delicate, and perfectly harmonious national dish of Tahiti