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Have a go yourself!

Traditional sports

Strength, precision and skill

Spectacular competitions

Climbing a coconut tree, lifting a heavy stone, throwing the javelin, a fruit carrier’s race, husking coconuts…Try them for yourself – you might even be good at them!

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" The name for our traditional sports is Tū’aro Mā’ohi. "

Keeping tradition alive

As well as being very popular, traditional sports are an integral part of Polynesian culture and a reflection of the daily life of the Polynesian ancestors. In Anaa, in the Tuamotu Islands, all the youngsters learn how to throw the javelin so that it pierces a coconut on a pole 9.50 meters high. Technically a very difficult exploit requiring precision and skill. The inhabitants of  Rurutu are specialists in stone lifting – some of them can raise a 150 kg stone onto their shoulders in a couple of seconds.

Husking coconuts, fruit carrier races, climbing a coconut tree or sailing canoe races are also traditional sports. Try climbing a coconut tree yourself. The idea is to get to the top faster than anyone else, but it takes strength and skill. A little tip: it’s easier if you choose a coconut tree that grows at an angle, not straight up.

InitiationTry it yourself

Have a go at husking coconuts, cutting the meat (coprah) from the shell, stone lifting, canoe sailing, or even javelin throwing. There are many places where you can try these traditional sports of The Islands of Tahiti. If you’re staying in a Tahitian guesthouse, ask your hosts; they’ll almost certainly be able to organize something for you.

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Immerse yourself in Polynesian culture

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