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Top Tahitian Cultural Experiences

A visit to Tahiti is about more than just chilling on the beach or swimming in a tropical lagoon, although both are possible. It can also be a culturally rich experience, offering visitors an opportunity to learn about Polynesian culture from ancient times to modern day. So whether you want to experience the power of dance or get a tattoo in the place the art form evolved from, Tahiti offers all kinds of cultural immersion.
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Avenue du Maréchal Foch, Papeete, French Polynesia
Inside Papeete's Vaima Center, the new Museum of Street Art Tahiti is dedicated to graffiti and other street art. Sarah Roopinia and Jean Ozonder curated the museum. The duo also founded Festival Ono’u, Tahiti's international street art event,...
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Rue Cook, Papeete, French Polynesia
If you are planning a visit in July, make sure it corresponds with the annual Heiva, which started back in 1881. The festival, which runs for a week and is held at Place To'ata in Papeete, is an iconic Polynesian cultural event showcasing dance,...
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Pape'ete, French Polynesia
The Pearl Museum is the only museum in the world devoted entirely to pearls. The unique presentations describe and demonstrate the history and practice of cultivating pearls as well as their place in art, history, mythology, and religion. You'll...
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Pā'ea, French Polynesia
Life across Polynesia was once defined by ritual power. In many places, chiefs were too sacred to actually look at, and if you helped bury a chief, you’d not be allowed to utilize your hands for nine months or more. The 'Ārahurahu Marae, a sacred...
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Vallee de Papenoo, Hitiaa O Te Ra, French Polynesia
Also known as the Papenoo Valley, the Maroto Valley is a magical place once inhabited by ancient Polynesians. If you go with a guide -- I recommend Marama Tours -- you'll be able to learn about the history of the area as well as learn to forage...
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Rue Albert Leboucher, Papeete 98714, French Polynesia
The tattoo art form was invented in the Islands of Tahiti, and today many Polynesians sport beautiful work of art tattoos as symbols of their personal identities. If you'd like to remember your trip with a tattoo of your own, there are many...
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PK7, Fa'a'ā 98702, French Polynesia
Tahitian dancers, known the world over for their passion and energy, are mesmerizing to watch whether the dance is slow and graceful or fast and rhythmic. Though dancing is a national pastime in Tahiti, the many dance...