French Polynesia is a selection of volcanic islands and atolls strewn across the eastern South Pacific. These islands have allured, inspired and enamored visitors since the time the islands were first discovered. Visiting these islands is a special experience. The lure of these islands is not only due to the hospitable Polynesian people, and their spectacularly beautiful islands.
There is real ambiance here - from the warmth of the air, scented heavily with tropical flowers to fiery romantic sunsets that signal the end of another fabulous Tahitian day. The Tahitian welcome is still very much the same, warm, friendly, and genuine. Ever smiling locals with flowersin their hair - a true paradise as it was 100 years ago.
The most flamboyant of Tahitian festival by far is ‘Heiva i Tahiti,' which is held every July, ‘heiva’ being the Tahitian word for festival. Heiva provides an outstanding opportunity for visitors to witness the very best in traditional Tahitian cultural performances. The festival opens towards the end of June, to coincide with French Polynesia’s Autonomy Celebrations, and extends through most of July, thus incorporating France’s most important national holiday, Bastille Day, held on 14 July.