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Celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of Bougainville’s arrival in Tahiti

6 April - 30 May

One year after the Englishman Samuel Wallis, 1st European navigator to discover the island of Tahiti, the French expedition of Louis- Antoine de Bougainville made a stopover on its west coast, in Hitia’a, in April 1768. Both ships La Boudeuse and L’Étoile stayed there only nine days. However the Tahitian travel story reported by Bougainville in his Voyage around the world was undoubtedly at the very root of the reputation of paradise at the world’s end our islands have acquired.…

Voyage autour de la Chanson Française

27 April - 28 April

Students from the Atelier Lyrique at the Artistic Conservatory of French Polynesia, directed by Émmanuelle Vidal, propose a journey filled with the most popular French songs. The event will take place under the sky on the paepae Maco a Tevane at the Conservatory. Admission is free and open to the public.

Salon Made in Fenua

3 May - 6 May

This fair promotes local products. Exhibitors must highlight products from local ingredients and materials mainly fabricated in French Polynesia. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Trades, this show is not to be missed!

William Shakespeare’s Hamlet

4 May

Young students in the advanced level course in dramatic arts with Christine Bennett from the Artistic Conservatory of French Polynesia will perform William Shakespeare’s Hamlet on the Conservatory’s open air paepae. Admission is free and this event is open to the public.

Air Tahiti Nui Paddle Royal Race

5 May

This is the 4th edition of this paddle board racing event inscribed in the French Polynesian championships. The Air Tahiti Nui Paddle association, which organizes this event, has as goal “to highlight and promote paddle boarding in the fenua (French Polynesia), to help Air Tahiti Nui ambassadors become more recognized abroad and to encourage international athletes to come to French Polynesia to participate in paddle and prone boarding races.” On the program: An elite and a novice paddle boarding event;…

Taapuna Master Surfing

5 May - 27 May

This amateur surfing competition will take place on the renowned reef at Taapuna pass, Tahiti. Several disciplines will be offered: surfing, bodyboarding, drop knee bodyboarding and kneeboarding.

Two Harmony Concert

6 May

The two wind orchestras from the Artistic Conservatory of French Polynesia—the youth ensemble directed by Sébastien Vignals and the advanced students directed by Colin Raoulx—will present an afternoon of exhilarating rhythms with a mix of rock, swing and film soundtracks. Enough to make everyone dance while showcasing their talent!

Tahiti Pearl Regatta

7 May - 12 May

The largest festive regatta of the Pacific islands is in its 15th edition! Organized in the Leeward Islands by boat enthusiasts in conjunction with the Raiatea Regatta association and the Tahitian sailing Federation, the Tahiti Pearl Regatta is a Polynesian event that combines regattas, sails and outrigger canoes, friendships and new discoveries. This annual get together unites sailors from Tahiti, the islands of French Polynesia and the Polynesian Pacific. The race takes place over several days and connects Raiatea to…

Tahiti Pole Art

10 May - 11 May

Toanui Mahinui, an ‘ori tahiti dance instructor at the Artistic Conservatory of French Polynesia and Vaiana Mahinui, Director of the Tahiti Pole Art school, combine their knowledge and dances to merge contemporary, traditional and classical worlds in an acrobatic dance performance.

Ta’iri Paumotu

11 May

This is the third edition of this competition dedicated to the unique way of “striking” the guitar in the Tuamotu Islands. The Paumotu people have their own way to play the ukulele and kamaka, and this competition highlights this particular feature. The famous Tahitian “bringue” (party with local music) turns into a competition between the various participants, but always with joy and good humor and especially with a fast-paced rhythm! This is not to be missed!


11 May - 12 May

The VSOP Club has several competitions taking place over two days, one of which is the XTERRA elite triathlon on Moorea with 1500m of open water swimming, 32 km/20 miles of mountain biking and 10.6 km/6 miles of running. This Air Tahiti Nui triathlon is a qualifier for the 2018 XTERRA World Championship in Maui! Polynesian participants will have to compete against the best international triathletes. The 55 km/34 mile XTERRA elite trail run will also take place on Moorea…

Grand Symphony Orchestra Concert

19 May

Fifty musicians from the Conservatory’s symphony orchestra will present an exceptional evening of classical music. Frédéric Rossoni will direct the first part, which will include two young classical virtuosos: Ludovic Chan on the violin and Chiara Rossoni on the piano for two concertos. Jean-Marie Dantin will direct the adult choir during the second half, which will pay homage to the great arias of Italian opera.

La Ronde Tahitienne

20 May

This endurance cycling event organized in Moorea offers three types of races: the “Grande Ronde” (110km/68mi), the “Petite Ronde” (55km/34 mi) and the “Ronde Loisir” (15km/9mi). International participants as well as cycling enthusiasts are expected! This event, organized by the Vélo Club de Tahiti et des Ȋles, is registered on the national calendar of the French Cycling Federation and the International Cycling Union.

Tahiti Golf Open International 2018

20 May - 25 May

This golf tournament, taking place for the 33rd time this year, is undoubtedly the main event in the discipline in French Polynesia. For two years now, it has been organized on the superb Green Pearl course of Moorea. There, on the « sister island », between lagoon and mountains, more than a hundred golfers – amateurs and professionals – will come face to face. The competitors are of course coming from French Polynesia but also from abroad with the strong presence of neighboring…

Waterman Big SUP Explorer

21 May - 24 May

On the Program: Two days immersion in nature and the sea between discoveries and sporting events; enough to get you into shape to tackle the challenges of the Waterman Tahiti Tour that will also take place in Huahine a few days later. The Waterman is not just a competition. It is also a communion with nature and solidarity with fellow sea lovers. This is an out of the ordinary adventure.

Mother’s Day Fair

22 May - 27 May

Artisans come together to show their most beautiful creations during this special fair dedicated to Mother’s Day. Artistic jewelry, unique designs…everything is Made in Tahiti. There are so many things to make someone else happy and why not yourself as well? This fair is organized by the association for Polynesian artistic jewelry.

Flower Show

24 May - 3 June

Horticultural enthusiasts of flowers, shrubs and plants—this fair is for you! This flower show is the opportunity to admire plants and trees present in French Polynesia, to speak with growers and perhaps leave with a plant. Much sought after and rare varieties will be presented during this exhibition that lasts three weeks.

Day of the Pareu

25 May

You must take advantage of being in Tahiti and buy yourself some beautiful pareus to wear! The Day of the Pareu invites everyone to celebrate this special fabric that is part of the daily life of locals in French Polynesia. Activities and entertainment will be organized at tourist sites throughout Papeete.

Waterman Tahiti Tour 3

25 May - 27 May

This is the third of five stages of the Waterman Tahiti tour that take place throughout the year. The competition is reserved for experienced watermen! Several challenges are scheduled throughout the day and not all are announced ahead of time. “Be ready for anything!” is the slogan of this exceptional championship that highlights the connection between men, women, the ocean and nature.

Heiva of the Dance Schools

31 May - 10 June

Every year, the ‘ori Tahiti dance schools produce a heiva, a major production that showcases the traditional performing arts. About forty groups will perform in this 2018 edition. This event reflects student learning of traditional dance and music. The islands will also be participating in this great festival in which the students, regardless of skill level and age, will show their competence on the stage of the Grand Theatre.

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