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The Islands of Tahiti prepares to welcome the 24th edition
of the Hawaiki Nui Va'a canoe race 

The Islands of Tahiti prepares to welcome the 24th edition
of the Hawaiki Nui Va'a canoe race 
The tropical Islands of Tahiti, situated in the midst of the South Pacific Ocean, offer a range of exciting and inspiring events year round, to entice visitors and welcome them into the midst of the local people and traditions. One such event, the Hawaiki Nui Va’a canoe race, is gearing up to return to Tahitian shores on 4th – 6th November 2015. The occasion provides visitors with an opportunity to immerse in Tahitian culture and to see the Islands from a different perspective.

The Hawaiki Nui Va’a race has become a prominent event in the world of canoeing and in 2015 celebrates its 24th year. A prestigious Tahitian event, it is deeply rooted in Polynesian culture, with competitors training rigorously all year and proudly displaying their strength through physical and mental endurance in the event.

The 130km outrigger canoe race is split into three stages over three days; competitors begin in Huahine, journey to Raiatea, onwards to Taha’a and lastly the longest segment of the race from Taha’a to crossing the finishing line in beautiful Bora Bora. Over 100 teams from all over the world come to The Islands of Tahiti to compete in the race. Whilst being a true competitive test of strength, the event was also designed to link the Islands and celebrate the natural beauty of the South Pacific region.

The destination, spread over five large archipelagos, provides an awe-inspiring backdrop for the exciting event, featuring post-card perfect breathtaking scenery and sparkling lapping waters. Locals and visitors gather together to cheer on the competing teams. The Islands become a bustle of activity, with traditional arts, crafts and cuisine being sold at the start lines for visitors to enjoy as they soak up the thrilling action.

The Islands of Tahiti offers both modern and traditional events throughout the year, ranging from the competitive Billabong Pro Surfing Competition to the lively tradition of Heiva i Tahiti. Visitors are welcomed with open arms and encouraged to celebrate, spectate and participate in festivities.

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