As if you needed come up with a good excuse to visit the tropical islands of Tahiti, a range of exciting events has been announced for the island chain, providing visitors with an opportunity to immerse themselves in Tahitian culture and to celebrate, spectate and participate in variety of festivities making the most of the Polynesian paradise.
Highlights of the 2015 calendar include the following events:
Tahiti Pearl Regatta
April 27 to May 3
The four-day race takes competitors between the islands of Raiatea, Bora Bora, Huahine and Taha’a. The Society and the Tuamotu archipelagos. The friendly competition is open to all types of sailboats from all nationalities.
Festival du Graffiti
May 4 to 9
Graffiti and street artists from around the world are invited to participate in Tahiti’s second annual graffiti festival, organised by Tahiti New Generation. Throughout the week, more than 1,500 square meters of the walls of Place Toata will be painted in a celebration of colour and creativity. Visitors can wander down to the harbour to see the artists at work, as well as viewing the impressive final pieces.
Tahiti Fashion Week
June 8 to 12
For the second year in a row, Tahiti will host its own Fashion Week from this June. The event will showcase Polynesian creativity and talent with local designers presenting clothing, jewelry and accessories collections.
Open de Golf Tahiti
June 23 to 28
Tahiti is firmly establishing itself as a diverse destination when it comes to sport. Professional golfers from countries including Australia, Japan and the USA will descend on the stunning Atimaono Golf Course (50km from Papeete) for the four day competition. Visiting golf aficionados can not only watch the tournament in the spectacular surroundings, but also compete in the amateur competition that follows the Pro tournament.
Heiva i Tahiti
July 2 to 18
Heiva i Tahiti is a “cultural explosion” of singing, dancing, parades, local food and traditional sport – including a stone lifting competition, a javelin- throwing event, outrigger canoe races and a fruit carrying competition. Hugely popular with the locals, the festival has become a symbol of Polynesian heritage and a great chance to interact with local people whilst learning the sacred Tahitian past-times.
Billabong Pro Surfing Competition
August 10 to 25
With seven “perfect 10” scores, last year’s Pro Surfing Competition at Teahupoo was the most exciting surf competition of the ASP World Tour 2014, and this year spectators can expect another thriller. With the likes of four-time champion Kelly Slater and reigning champion Gabriel Medina amongst the 40 pro-surfers returning to the South Pacific waters, visitors can relax on the beach whilst witnessing world-class talent.
Hawaiki Nui Va’a International Canoe Race
November 4 to 6
This 130km outrigger canoe race is split into three stages over three days; competitors begin in Huahine and cross the finish line in Bora Bora. The race is an extreme test of physical and mental endurance, but with more than 100 crews coming from all over the world, it was also designed to link the islands and celebrate the beauty of the South Pacific.