Tahiti will host an impressive array of cultural and sporting events during 2013 including the annual Pearl Regatta, the famed Billabong Pro and all the excitement of the islands’ traditional events from the Heiva to the Tahiti Nui Va’a.
Featured events in 2013 include:
Tahiti International Golf Open, July 2-6:
The Olivier Breaud International Golf Course will host the 31st annual Tahiti International Golf Open, a popular stop on the Pacific Tour organised by the Australian PGA and supported by the Polynesian Golf Federation. www.international-golf-olivier-breaud-tahiti.com·
Tahiti Pearl Regatta, May 8-12:
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013, this exciting sailing festival is open to all sizes of sailing boats and winds its way around and between the beautiful Societyislands of Raiatea, Huahine and Taha’a. www.tahitipearlregatta.org.pf
Tahiti Nui Va’a, May 23-25:
A paddling classic, Tahiti’s biennial Tahiti Nui Va’a pulls in more than 60 elite paddler crews from around the Pacific and the world for three days of expert oarsmanship, on one of the longest outrigger courses in the world.www.tahitinuivaa.com
Heiva I Tahiti, July 4-20:
The Heiva is Tahiti’s premier song and dance festival. Taking place throughout the islands, the festival pays tribute to Polynesia’s rich culture, traditions and lifestyle.www.tahitinow.com.au
Billabong Pro Surfing, August 15-26: Tahiti’s legendary Teahupoo surf break tests the world’s top surfers in the annual Billabong Pro, one of the 12 stages on the ASP World Tour. Entered again this year is the great Kelly Slater and reigning Australian champ Joel Parkinson in what has become a showcase event for world surfing.www.aspworldtour.com
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, September 18-28:
Tahiti will become the first Pacific Islands nation to host a FIFA tournament when more than 30 international teams converge on one of the main island’s pristine beaches. www.fifa.com/beachsoccerworldcup
For more information on the 2013 calendar of events, including ways to get involved, visit www.tahitinow.com.au.
Pic courtesy of Tahiti Tourism.