Tahiti Events to Keep on Your Radar for 2018

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Got clients thinking about taking a Tahiti vacation this winter or beyond? Perhaps they want to plan their getaway around one of these notable 2018 events. 

The International Moorea Marathon (March 31)

The International Moorea Marathon is the most imporant international sporting event on the island of Moorea. Since 1988, the event welcomes athletes from all walks of life coming to run an off-the-beaten-track competition. Close to 1,500 participants join in all the races.

Tahiti Pearl Regatta (May 7 - 12)

Celebrate the 15th annual Tahiti Pearl Regatt, one of the largest sailing competitions in the South Pacific, which is open to all types of sailing boats with no size restrictions.


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Tahiti Fashion Week (June 13 - 15)

The three-day Tahiti Fashion Week is an event involving fashion and Polynesian culture during which the cultural wealth of The Islands of Tahiti, local artists and designers’ know-how are in the limelight. It is a unique encounter where Polynesian beauty meets the world of international fashion.

Va’a World Sprint Championships Tahiti (July 16 - 26)

The International Va’a Federation is organizing the very first Va’a World Sprint Championships Tahiti. This new event, which is held in Taanoe Bay in Pirae, features a competition of Polynesian outrigger canoe races where participating countries will compete every couple of years to become the International Federation world champions of short distance va’a racing.

Heiva i Tahiti (July 5 - 21)

Heiva i Tahiti, one of the most important cultural events in The Islands of Tahiti, has been a yearly highlight for more than 125 years. Usually taking place in July, visitors will enjoy a vibrant display of cultural shows and dances.

Billabong Pro Tahiti (August 10 - 21) 

Billabong Pro Tahiti has now become the seventh stage of the qualifying world series in Teahupoo. It is one of the most sought-after stages of the championship, with powerful and dangerous waves that break on the shallow reef below sea level. Some of the world’s best surfers favor Teahupoo for its natural unique wave. Taxi boats are available for rental for those interested in following the event.

Hawaiki Nui Va'a (October 31 - November 2)

Hawaiki Nui Va'a is an international contest of Polynesian outrigger canoes (called va’a) where over a hundred canoes gather in November each year starting in Huahine in the Leeward Islands.

Hura Tapairu (Nov. 21 - December 1)

Hura Tapairu is a traditional dance contest taking place at the end of each year on the island of Tahiti. However, the contest sets different rules to allow smaller groups to participate. The latter are allowed a wider number of options to prepare for their choreography, themes and songs chosen. 

Watermana Huahine 2018

The yearly Watermana Huahine is the very last stage of the WaterManTahiti Tour being hosted at the beginning of December on Huahine island. During the three days, athletes will compete in water related contests such as open water swimming, prone paddle, stand up paddle, kayaking and outrigger canoe races.
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