Oceania

French Polynesia

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for French Polynesia

Society Islands Society Islands
Society Islands
Papeete
4:00
Moorea Moorea
Moorea
4:00
Bora Bora Bora Bora
Bora Bora
4:00
Cook's Bay Cook's Bay
Cook's Bay
Paopao
4:00
Archaeological Sites of Hiva Oa Archaeological Sites of Hiva Oa
Archaeological Sites of Hiva Oa
Puamau
Marquesas Islands Marquesas Islands
Marquesas Islands
Taiohae
4:00

Our reports

French Polynesia: the “Hawaiki nui va’a”, the Dug-Out Canoe Contest

This is a major event in the cultural life of the French Polynesia. The "Hawaiki nui Va'a" is the region’s largest dug-out canoe race. But besides the competition, it is also an example of the strong ties that the Polynesians have always had with the sea.
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In the Heart of French Polynesia

Portrayed since the 18th century as the ‘New Cythera’, Polynesia has lost none of its mystical allure. The archipelago offers a good deal more than relaxation and fine sandy beaches: traditional culture is of prime importance here.
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The tattoo revival in the Marquesas Islands

Despite having become a world-wide phenomenon, tattoos often have vastly differing meanings in different cultures. While in the West a tattoo can be a means of self-expression, a symbol of rebellion against authority or a simple “fashion accessory”; in other cultures, and notably the Marquesas Islands, it is a tradition with a long history. In the past few decades, young Marquesans have started to reclaim this facet of their cultural heritage that had all but disappeared during European dominance.
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