The capital city – Papeete – hosts the main song and dance competitions every evening in the “Fare Tahiti Nui” by the cultural center in Place Toata.
This is “the main event” and what makes the competitive festival so well known.
And why not add a bit of competition to the flavor?
French Polynesia is at its best between June and August when the climate is at its driest and the weather is balmy, sitting comfortably in the high 20s to mid 30s Celsius.However, this can be a slightly busier time of year and the months either side of this period can see comfortable temperatures, but lower prices.As you might already guess, the festival is a really “big deal”, in a slice of paradise that rarely has any reason to stress.The Heiva is a month-long period of festivities held throughout the five archipelagos of French Polynesia.Chinese New Year, which varies year on year but is generally mid-January to mid-February, sees the islands celebrating with parades, music and dancing.
The humidity begins to drop and rainfall starts to ease, but prices remain low and the islands maintain an overall quieter feel - for this reason this is often seen as a great time to visit French Polynesia.Shop for a black pearl in Tahiti, check out the hot springs in Papua New Guinea or witness the ritual of Fijian firewalkers.This region also features destinations on several of the Hawaiian Islands, including Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, where Volcanoes National Park offers drama and beauty in the form of lava formations and majestic waterfalls. November to April is French Polynesia's wet season, with concentrated bursts of rainfall punctuated by days of sunshine.At this time hotel air-conditioning becomes a necessity as humidity rises.French Polynesia can be visited year-round, but the months of November to April see tropical showers passing at greater frequency than other times of the year.