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The Islands of Tahiti boasts a wide variety of exciting events year-round. Many holidays and cultural events are an integral part of French Polynesian culture, like the traditional Heiva I Tahiti. Every summer this cultural event in French Polynesia lasts 2 months until July 14th, coming to a close on Bastille Day. It is preceded by a revered fire walk ceremony, Umu Ti, where one can witness a walk across hot, fiery stones in an ancient tradition. Papeete serves as a cultural center for the rest of the festival, where sports competitions, dance and food are abundant.
Visitors who don’t want to miss the day celebrating Tahiti Tourism in September where tourists are treated to traditional crafts, shows, cuisine and more. Plan your trip in October to experience the popular canoeing race Hawaiiki Nui Va’a, that starts on the island of Huahine, and goes all the way to Raiatea, Taha’a and Matira Bay on Bora Bora.
No matter what time of year you choose to plan your trip to The Islands of Tahiti, you will be able to experience the rich culture of French Polynesian festivals and events. Read on below to discover events near you in the Tahitian islands.