Program of Cultural & Tourism activities

PROGRAM OF CULTURAL AND TOURISM ACTIVITIES

To enhance the stay of our guests in Polynesia and so that the Open Water is a real meeting, a program rich in discoveries has been specially designed for the occasion.

Since the dawn of time, there is a very close link between Polynesians and the sea. In the past, religious rites were linked to almost all acts of (the) daily life. Some rituals serve to invoke the presence of the gods by appropriate songs, to deposit its intentions, the rite of immersion in seawater for the purification of the soul, the Kava ceremony to promote exchanges and your enthronement in the local culture, the time of your stay …

TERE FATUTIRA & PEBBLE FISSHING

MONDAY DECEMBER 3th 2018
Tautira

8:00am to 4:00pm

TERE FA’ATI takes you on a tour of the island to the sound of the orchestra on your bus. You will leave very early to be on site on time for the kava ceremony. Then you will be taken to a landing stage to embark on local canoes, to hunt the fish. The “Traditional Pebble Fishing” once regularly practiced, is a unique opportunity to live the experience, because it exists today only for great opportunities. Around this festival, many cultural activities are offered for men and women immersed in the Polynesian village. You will taste the authentic charms of the reception of the population of the peninsula, in all simplicity.

05:00 am : Departure from your hotel or accommodation site.
06:00 am : Arrival at Fatutira Village
06:30 am : Reception by the Chief of Ceremony
07:00 am : Boarding on va’a for pebble fishing
07:30 am : Start of activities (*) on the beach
10:00 am : Arrival of the fish in the net of the village
10:30 am : Kava Ceremony
12:30 pm : Traditional shared meal
01.30 pm : Traditional show
02:30 pm : Activities around the village (Guided tour, history, etc …)
04:00 pm : Return on Papeete with some stops on the tourist sites.
05:00 pm : Arrival at accommodation sites

(*) :  Fisherman’s net making workshop, preparation of Glanes and pebbles, wreath weaving workshops and pareo painting … Visit of the taro fields
(1)                : Guided tour around the village: tourist sites, ruins, taro fields, agriculture …


1 – « Let yourself board to the TERE FA’ATI to meet the locals. »

TERE FA’ATI is a tradition which is practice nowadays in the Australes archipelago for the end of the year. In order to maintain good neighborly relations between the neighbors of the island, this practice consists in the fact that the population of a village, visiting the neighboring village to present it for the new year. The latter organizes with its population, a big party for the occasion. The day after the festivities, the populations of the first two villages continue the TERE FA’ATI until the next village, which organizes in its turn new festivities, in order to welcome with great pomp its guests. The TERE FA’ATI can sometimes extend over a week, to go around all the villages of the island. These festivities compete with originality, high in color and you will taste the charms of the reception of the villagers of the peninsula.
Departure will be at 05:30 am to arrive at dawn, to Tautira village. You will start an island tour to discover various landscape of the west coast.. We will suggest to lay over to Tautira, before leaving by the east coast. discovering pleasantly the wild coast of the island, returning to the city, to be at 05:00 pm.

2 – « Dive in the heart of  a festive, authentic and cultural athmosphere of the village… »

You will go to one of the oldest villages of Tahiti: Tautira (FATUTIRA in former times), located at the end of the peninsula of the east coast, through the river VAITEPIHA above which, culminates the mountain MAIRE NUI from the top of its 1,306 m altitude. At the foot of MAIRE NUI, the Village of Tautira can be discovered by its lush panoramic nature and some areas still wild. Tautira still lives in the rural rhythm of yesteryear. This is where the first contact with Europeans in the eighteenth century, in 1774 Maximo Rodriguez aboard the Boenechea who stayed there for 10 months, then Samuel COOK in 1777 and in 1788 a certain Churchill former rebel of the Bounty who established even succeeded Ari’i Vehiatua, who died without posterity. The story goes that Churchill was murdered by another jealous sailor. With its still authentic decor, Tautira remains a popular village for the filming of feature film, such as GAUGUIN’s film in 2017.

It’s time for parties and exchanges. The village is animated by the songs and dances offered by the population. Place to the spirit of celebration, sharing, conviviality … The elders sing their himene tarava, for the fishermen in the joy and coconut palms girls.

3 – « Discover our  ancestral tradition by  parcitipating to the Big Pebble fishing, a unique and rare opportunity thought for you »»

The highlight of this day will undoubtedly be the “pebble fishing”, an ancient practice that has become rare today, but which is proudly reserved for great opportunities. This fishing technique is practiced with pirogues, which unfold in a wide range offshore, positioned facing the coast. The signal is given by the chief with a marine conch, the “pù”. At that moment, the To’ere echo on the water, the shouts and the laughter of the fishermen fuse on the water, the pirogues progress towards the shore. The fishermen throw their pebbles gleaned at the end of a rope, in order to make the fish flee towards the shore, and to be captive in the coconut palm nets, held by the women at the edge of the water. The fish finds itself captive in this floating barrier, all this marine fauna jumps out of the water in a sparkle of multicolored scales

This ancient tradition engenders a real popular jubilation and one can easily perceive the excitement and communicative joy of the population around this practice. After a fruitful fishing, hostilities end around a show and a traditional festive meal. Some craft workshops and guided tours will be offered by the villagers for the duration of your stay in Tautira

Anything cannot happen without the God benedictions. Rites and customs occupy a great place in the everyday life of Polynesians. Relationships between minds and humans are made in different ways: omens, divination, dreams, communication by Ti’i or To’o possession and oracles, offerings, prayers and ritual at Marae (sacred natural buildings).

The Polynesian is still attached to his rites and does not fail to invoke his TUPUNA (ancestors) and the ATUA (Gods), to obtain their protection and their blessing.

FA’ATAU AROHA, it is a privileged space-time created, to be in intimate relation with the Tupuna and the Atua to receive the force, the sacred MANA. This ceremony ends by placing offerings on the sacred buildings bearing witness to the gratitude.

Your program : 

08:30 am : Departure from your hotel or accommodation site

09:00 am : Arrival at the Marae, site visit and ceremony

09:30 am : Guided tour

10:30 am : Blessings

11:30 am : Rituals of the offerings

12:00 pm : Local picnic

12:30 am : Departure to go to PK 18 Punaauia

01:00 pm : Beach and bath relaxation

03:00 pm : Return to the accommodation

Oro’a Fa’atau Aroha

The arrival of our guests on the Polynesian soil, during their trip as part of the TAHITI SWIMMING EXPERIENCE is conducive to exchanges. Here the welcome and the meeting are celebrated by the Farereira’a.

Farereira’a is a privileged space for meetings between different cultures, an exchange on our habits and customs, an invitation to meet the other, at the host … On the Marae and for the occasion, holds the great Tauhu’a adorned with his great traditional costume. He welcomes you in the sacred silence of the Marae. His teuteu (servants) are dressed in white, to represent peace and harmony, they create a guided passage to go to the sacred paepae of Marae Arahurahu.

At this moment, the Fa’atau Aroha ceremony can begin … welcome gifts are then offered to each of our guests:

  • Hei auti : a wreath of auti braided, for the welcome in Polynesia and which symbolizes “the link” between cultures;
  • Pape ha’ari Oviri : A refreshing drink that will quench the thirst for a long journey;
  • Ufi eu : A sweet yam, which will serve to relieve the hunger of the long journey;
  • A tapa to keep protective symbols on you;

Then, in turn, you can offer a crown of flowers with local scents to offer to the Gods and Tupuna (ancestors), to obtain their blessings and their protections, which will give you a continuous force for the duration of your stay in Polynesia, until you return to yours.

FA’ATAU AROHA CEREMONY

TUESDAY DECEMBER 4th 2018
Paea

09:00am to 11:00am

MAHANA ARIOI

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 5th 2018
Mahina – Pointe Vénus

09:00am to 11:00am

In ancient times, the Arioi were distinguished from each other by tattoos and ornaments that signaled their order in the brotherhood. Held in high esteem by all, most of Arioi’s activities consisted of the art of dance, games, music, theater, sports, festivities and festivities. Each movement of the caste of Arioi was conducive to entertainment and exchanges. A program of festivities was carefully prepared in their honor. Slip into the shoes of an Arioi and experience the arts of Polynesian culture.

Tahiti Ari’oi offer to you an immersion in the Polynesian culture by learning about the practices and the specificities of the islands, about the interactive workshops of discoveries, playful and creative.

A village specially designed to make you travel and discover the specificities of our five archipelagos of the Society, Tuamotus, Gambiers, Marquesas and Australs.

  • Gastronomic workshop (po’e poi, raw fish, fafaru, fruits, ka’aku, etc …)
  • Traditional sports workshop (Amora’a ofa’i, climbing coconut palm, peeling coconut, copra)
  • Arts workshops (art of wood carving, stone carving, tapas making, weaving and basketry, crown braiding etc …)
  • Costume workshops (Les plus, purau fiber, natural shades, and parure making ….)
  • Workshop of the traditional navigation (chart of the sky, technique of traditional navigation, visit va’a Fa’afaite …)

Live the experience by putting yourself in the shoes of a Tahitian the time of your immersion.

Your program :

08 :30 am : Departure from your hotel or accommodation

09 :00 am : Arrival on the site of Pointe Vénus

: Opening of the village

09 :15 am : Guided tour

: Activities in the workshop

11 :30 am : Snack with food prepared by the village

12 :00 am : Shared meal with the organization committee of TSE