Fairs, festivals, cultural and sporting events … Here is a list of what to expect throughout the year for an outstanding immersion.
We have even prepared vacation offers specially designed around some of these.If whichever occasion sparks your interest, our team of experts will advise you and make sure to organize the trip of your dreams.
It is all about encounters and discoveries of all kinds, a privileged moment to savor. Don’t miss the event that could possibly become one of your fondest memories.
FIFO : Festival International du Film Océanien
February 05th to 13th, 2022 / Place : Tahiti (Papeete)
Each year, audiovisual professionals in Oceania present their new documentary films to the public. Selected and rewarded by an international jury, the FIFO’s works bring together and celebrate with new images the culture, history and daily life of people from Oceania. In addition to free screenings, the festival offers various events, workshops and meetings to everyone’s delight.
March 10th to 12th, 2022 / Place: Tahiti (Papeete)
During this event, let our children of fenua carry you through our stories and cultures. They are young students, from different schools in Tahiti and its islands, who give a breathtaking show on the stage of Toata to the rhythm of Polynesian percussion.
Tere Na Uta e Na Tai i Moorea
March 26th, 2022 / Place: Moorea
During this event organized by Tahiti Tourisme, discover the warm inhabitants of Moorea but also its natural and cultural wealth. The sister island is full of beautiful stories and legends, it will be an opportunity to know them. A combination of experiences in the mountains and on its beautiful lagoon awaits you.
Please note: paid event and tickets are to be purchased from Tahiti Tourisme. For more information, please redirect to their website.
Tere Na Uta i Papenoo
April 30th, 2022 / Place: Tahiti
During this event organized by Tahiti Tourisme, you will board a 4x4 safari towards the heart of the Papenoo Valley where you will enjoy lush nature, beautiful rivers and many other jewels. Moreover, this excursion, intertwined by our culture and traditions, also offers several activities.
May 27th, 2022
For several years now, the Pareu Day has been organized across our islands. Wherever you are, in Polynesia or elsewhere, you are invited to join in and celebrate with us this garment so deeply rooted in our traditions that it has become a genuine symbol! It’s a colorful day awaiting you, ideal for great sunny photos… an invitation to travel!
May 28th, 2022 / Place: Tahiti
Tahiti Tourisme organizes for the first time a culinary event, let yourself be carried away by the flavors, scents and colors of our local products. Through this excursion, you will find typical local dishes: coconut sweets, retia, banana pai, eina'a fritters... and other surprises will stir your taste buds. It is an excellent culinary getaway, which is accompanied by stories, visits and encounters, for gourmets and gourmands.
Specific date to be defined / Place: Tahiti (Punauia)
Come and celebrate the orange bearers, who for several generations now, have climbed up to the Tamanu plateau, a two days’ walk from the city, to collect their crops. Each year, they carry 4 to 6 tones on their backs thanks to their strength, their courage and their love for this ancestral tradition which continues to impress us. On the festivities’ program: the parade and a competition to reward the most beautiful oranges gathered!
June 24th to July 17th, 2022 / Place: Tahiti (Papeete)
The Heiva Rima’i opens its doors as local craft experts from the 5 Archipelagos come to exhibit their most beautiful creations! Braided coconut palms and pandanus leaves, carved stone, wood and bone, painted pareu, hats and jewelry … whether you are looking a souvenir of the islands or simply looking to attend for the pleasure of the eyes, you will not be disappointed! This is the perfect event to savor the know-how and the wealth of local crafts!
Specific date to be defined / Place : Tahiti (Intercontinental Tahiti Resort & Spa)
The best groups of the great Heiva i Tahiti competition present the show that made them win their title during a memorable buffet evening at the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort & Spa.
Te Aito Va'a
June 24th and 25 th, 2022 / Place: Tahiti (Mahina, Pointe Vénus)
After the Hawaiki Nui Va’a, the Te Aito Va’a competition is one of the most famous Polynesian outrigger canoe races in Polynesia. Open to both long-time enthusiasts and new ones, the race is organized between the passes of Taaone and Arue and the arrival organized on the beautiful public beach Pointe Vénus in Mahina.
Tere Na Tai
June 25th and 26th, 2022 / Lieu : Tahiti
Lovers of the sea, sun and sand? This event created by Tahiti tourism is made for you. The day will be full of discovery, experiences and culture, as stories and legends related to our rivers and lagoons will be told to you. In addition, various activities and nautical services are at the appointment.
Heiva i Tahiti
July 01st to 16th, 2022 / Place: Tahiti (Papeete)
The Heiva i Tahiti is a key event of our islands that we no longer need to present! Since the return of traditional festivities with the Tiurai in 1881, it has continued to evolve, grow and gain popularity. After months of preparation and rehearsals, the authors, musicians, dancers, costume designers, singers, troop leaders and artists of all kinds gather under Toata’s spotlight to celebrate their love for their Polynesian culture, language and traditions. After several unforgettable evenings, amateur and professional groups are rewarded by a jury. The Heiva i Tahiti is a colorful and unforgettable show not to be missed!
Marquesas Arts Festival
July 7th to 10th, 2022 / Place : Fatu Hiva
The Marquesas Arts Festival is undoubtedly the main event of this mystical territory with strong traditions. Dances, songs, sports, tattoos, sculptures … Above all, it celebrates the richness of Marquesan culture, but also that of all of our islands. Each new edition takes place on a different island from the previous one. The main festival is organized every 4 years Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa and Ua Pou. For a few years now, a mini festival has also been held every 4 years in Tahuata, Ua Huka and Fatu Hiva. While the main festival also welcomes groups from other archipelagos, the mini festival is reserved for groups from the Marquesas. Organized alternately, these two versions of the festival allow travelers to attend this incredible event every 2 years.
Heiva ti'a mai
Specific date to be defined / Place : Tahiti (Papeete)
To celebrate the 141th anniversary of the Heiva i Tahiti, Te Fare Tauhiti Nui organizes a festival of traditional singing and dance to give artists the opportunity to go back on stage during this sanitary crisis. Tahiti Ti’a Mai is all about resilience and hope.
Marae Arahurahu Traditional Show
Specific date to be defined / Place : Tahiti (Paea, Marae Arahurahu)
Each year during the Heiva celebrations, the Marae Arahurahu is the scene of five exceptional traditional shows. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful marae of Tahiti located in the Tefa’aiti valley, the archaeological site restored in 1953 offers its happy visitors a lush setting, ideal to appreciate all the beauty of the local culture in communion with nature . Each Saturday the performances last from an hour to an hour and a half, to the delight of all.
Heiva Tu'aro Ma'ohi
July 14th to 17th, 2022 / Place: Tahiti (Parc Paofai, Parc Vairai, Pointe Vénus)
During the "Heiva Tu'aro Ma'ohi", discover various traditional sports and enjoy this show.
Super Aito Va'a
July 22nd and 23rd, 2022 / Place: Between Moorea and Tahiti (Mahina, Pointe Vénus)
Only the elite of Polynesian outrigger canoe competes in the Super Aito Va’a competition which is reserved for the 100 best competitors of Te Aito Va’a. The great champions outdo themselves during a race between Moorea and Tahiti. The grand arrival is organized at the Pointe Vénus beach in Mahina.
Tere of well-being
July 30th, 2022 / Lieu : Tahiti
Tahiti Tourisme invites you to spend a day dedicated to the well-being of body and mind. It is a rhythmic tour of activities and performances that will stimulate your five senses. Massages, baths, scents,... and many other surprises are waiting for you. Take advantage of this moment to relax, unwind and escape.
Tahiti Pro Teahupo'o
August 11st to 21st, 2021 / Place : Tahiti (Teahupoo)
The biggest names in surfing meet to face the powerful and legendary wave of Teahupo’o! And if this stage of the “Elite SURF” world championship brings together a large number of professionals, other enthusiasts and spectators can also follow the competition from a boat and enjoy the show offered by one of the most famous surf spots in the world!
Tere Na Uta i Vaihiria
August 27th, 2022 / Place: Tahiti
Tahiti Tourism has developed an itinerary rich in cultures, experiences, meetings and visits to the west side of Tahiti. Lake Vaihiria is the most important stop of the adventure; a splendid and life-size lake that marks the meeting between Papenoo and Mataiea.
Hawaiki Nui Va'a
October 26th to 28th, 2022 / Place: Huahine – Raiatea – Taha’a – Bora Bora
Each year the Leeward Islands are the scene of the biggest sporting event in Polynesia: the Hawaiki Nui Va’a! This Polynesian outrigger canoe race spans over 129 kilometers for men, 24 kilometers for women, and hosts teams of champions from Polynesia as well as from around the world. The competition is organized over several days and the big departure takes place on the island of Huahine in order to join Raiatea, then Taha’a and finally Bora Bora for the grand finale, on the sublime white sand beach of Matira. Many people follow the race on a boat! For the lucky ones who will have the chance to attend one or more stages of the event, the Hawaiki Nui Va’a is a unique adventure that won’t fail to impress you!
Tere i te Fenua 'Aihere
October 29th, 2022 / Place: Tahiti (Presqu’île)
For this excursion, Tahiti Tourisme invites you to discover the many treasures of the peninsula. A unique place full of incomparable attractions like its lush nature and wonderful shades of colors.
November 2nd to 6th, 2022 / Place : Tahiti
The Tattoo Convention is an opportunity for tattoo artists from all archipelagos and elsewhere to meet and demonstrate their mastery. Each day, prizes will be awarded for the most beautiful pieces, including the grand prize which will reward the best tattoo of the convention. To make this event complete, crafts animations and traditional sports will also be on the program. You will have the chance to savor the different masterpieces of local tattoo artists and discover the beauty, subtlety and depth of traditions deeply rooted in the art of the legendary Polynesian tattoo.
November 23rd to December 3rd, 2022 / Place : Tahiti (Papeete, Grand Théâtre de la Maison de la Culture)
The Hura Tapairu is another major dance competition, on a smaller scale than the Heiva i Tahiti, but just as breathtaking! Amateur and professional groups compete in music at the Grand Theater of the Maison de la Culture, delivering a spectacular show unanimously acclaimed every year!
Decembre 3rd, 2022 / Place: Tahiti (Papeete)
Dedicated to the Tiare Tahiti, this event encompasses workshops, shows and plenty of activities. This is an opportunity to celebrate the emblem of the islands of Tahiti and get to know more about its multiple virtues. it takes place every first Friday of December.
Ukulele International Festival
Specific date to be defined / Place: Tahiti
Strong symbol of our culture, the ukulele is the most representative instrument of our islands. Its sounds evoke the landscapes, traditions and daily life of our beautiful Polynesia. The International Ukulele Festival is the opportunity for amateurs from everywhere to come together and play their instruments in a cheerful atmosphere!
Salon du Livre (Book Fair)
Specific date to be defined / Place: Tahiti (Papeete, Maison de la Culture)
Main literary event in Polynesia, this book fair takes place over 3 days of meetings and gathers both local and international writers. This is an ideal opportunity for everyone to discover new books and attend workshops, talks and showings.