The marae, a culmination of Polynesian history

A relatively recent settlement, French Polynesia, however, is full of archeological treasures, vestiges of the time of chiefdoms and ancestral religious rythes. This month, the application for registration of the marae “Taputapuatea” (Raiatea) to the UNESCO World heritage is placed. If accepted, it would constitute actual international recognition for this other cultural attraction of French…

Noni : the Polynesian wonder plant

Unlike the exotic fragrance of Monoi, the Tahitian noni takes its own center stage to conquer the world. Grown and thriving throughout French Polynesia, the noni fruit has be renowned to have incredible healing properties. But what is this coveted fruit that Americans are crazy about? Just look at the latest figures from the Polynesian…

Hiking in Tahiti and her islands: Take a walk on the wild side

If the blue lagoons have ever since built the fame of Tahiti and her islands, one will soon discover most travel brochures change their tune. A new trend is gaining popularity in Tahiti and its islands: Hiking, notably in French Polynesia where the potential in this field is huge. Only a few months ago, Jimmy…

Revisiting the traditional outrigger canoe in Fakarava

‘Tis a beautiful tale, however originating from a misinterpretation. Julien Girardot, photographer and lover of French Polynesia, heard of the famous sailing outrigger canoes of the Tuamotu Archipelago. Those by which, in the early peopling of Polynesia, reportedly how the early travelers arrived in. Satisfying his curiosity and interest in the great marine epics of…

Teahupoo, beyond limits

Huge. Monstrous. Unique … The surfing world has no shortage of superlatives to describe the mythical wave of Tahiti. In late July, the monster awakens, attracting “free surfing” around the world and an impressive line-up of surfing demonstrations for the less original, sometimes with crazy combinations of mixing motocross and fire … An explosive season…