From the ultimate paddle endurance race through paradise to a tropical two-wheel road race like no other, Air Tahiti Nui has revealed the exciting line up of events taking place in the Islands of Tahiti this year.
A variety of events each month offer the chance for Tahitians to showcase the rich cultural heritage, vibrant tra-ditions and striking natural beauty of their home to the world.
Air Tahiti Nui Regional Manager Australia New Zealand Alan Roman said there was something for everyone in the diverse and action-packed 2018 Tahiti calendar.
“From a tattoo festival to a triathlon and a regatta to a road race, the Islands of Tahiti offer the ultimate back-drop for any event. Some of Tahiti’s events, such as the Billabong Pro, are famed around the world and others, including the destination’s annual outrigger canoe festival – Hawaiki Nui Va’a – help keep the islands’ culture alive. Whether it’s a penchant for paddling, running, cycling, surfing or sailing, Tahiti’s bumper event calendar offers the chance for visitors to immerse themselves deeper in the Polynesian culture or take their chosen pursuit to the next level against a stunning backdrop,” Mr Roman said.
Thanks to the destination’s annual event line-up, Mr Roman said event tourism and active holidays were boom-ing in Tahiti.
“While Tahiti is best-known for relaxing in luxe overwater bungalows, we’re seeing an increasing number of ac-tive travellers seek out Tahiti for their next adventure. With a combination of volcanic mountain peaks and stun-ning water wonderlands, it’s easy to add some adrenaline to a tropical sojourn in Tahiti,” Mr Roman said.
“With more and more events each year, sports tourism is also continuing to attract a large number of spectators and competitors to the islands. Each year around the big events we see a spike in travellers heading to Tahiti and we’ve already received interest from hundreds of Australians and Kiwis wanting to fly with Air Tahiti Nui to take part in the inaugural International Va’a Federation event this July. It’s the first time the World Sprint Championships have been held in Tahiti and it seems the opportunity to compete in a va’a race in its traditional home is proving irresistible to outrigger canoe paddlers from all over the world.”
Highlights of the 2018 event calendar include:
TAHITI MOOREA MARATHON, March 3 MOOREA
This international marathon takes place on the picturesque island of Moorea with a few main races including a marathon, half marathon and 4km fun run.
XTERRA TAHITI TRIATHLON, May 11-13 MOOREA
The XTERRA Tahiti has become one of Polynesia’s major races and attracts the best international triathletes. For the first time in 2018 the event will take place on Moorea with distances ranging from 12km to 55km. Each category winner will be offered a qualifying slot at the Maui world championships.
TAHITI PEARL REGATTA, May 7 -13 RAIATEA-BORA BORA
This sailing regatta between the stunning islands of Raiatea, Taha’a and Bora Bora, is open to all types of boats and nationalities, combining high sea stages and lagoon rounds with festive evenings and cultural activities.
LA RONDE TAHITIENNE, May 20 TAHITI
The ‘Ronde Tahitienne’ (The Tahitian Tour) offers the chance to explore the idyllic landscape of Tahiti by bike. The cycle road race runs over three circuits and one mass eco cycling trail with distances ranging from 15km to 110km. It’s earned the “Green Cycling” label with all participants complying with the label’s strict eco charter as they travel along Tahiti’s unspoiled coastline.
IVF VA’A WORLD SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP, July 16-26 TAHITI
This inaugural Polynesian outrigger canoe event will bring together the best sprint paddlers from around the world as part of the International Va’a Federation’s first world edition of va’a sprint racing in Tahiti.
BILLABONG PRO TAHITI, August 10-21 TAHITI
The Billabong Pro Tahiti is the seventh stage of the qualifying world series and one of the most sought-after stages of the championship with Tahiti’s famed Teahupo’o break serving up consistently powerful waves on the shallow reef.
TATAU I MOOREA, September 12-19 MOOREA
With tattoo, or Tatau, originating in French Polynesia, this traditional tattoo festival will see the best local and international tattoo artists gather on Moorea to show off the traditional side of tattooing.
HAWAIKI NUI VA’A – Oct 31-November 2, HUAHINE-BORA BORA
In the Leeward Islands, va’a, or outrigger canoe paddling, is the pre-eminent traditional Polynesian sport. Dur-ing the annual Hawaiki Nui Va’a, more than 100 canoes can be seen racing between the islands of Huahine, Ra-iatea, Taha’a and Bora Bora.
On sale until 26 February 2018, return economy airfares with Air Tahiti Nui from Sydney to Papeete are priced from $1179* per person.
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