Tahiti: Culture and Arts

Waterfall-laden, shadowy mountains, river valleys and black sand beaches

Tahiti is the perfect setting for a culture and arts holiday, the artist, Paul Gauguin, used this island and its people for the subject of many paintings. A museum was set up to honour Gauguin’s journey to Tahiti. The Paul Gauguin Museum in Taravao is open from 9 – 5pm daily, admission is free, and it houses many prints and originals of the Frenchman’s works, this is the perfect place to start your cultural adventure in Tahiti. The Museum of Tahiti and her Islands is highly recommended and it will appeal to tourists of all ages. This museum will give you a grounding of Tahiti and the Society Islands’ history, which opens Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30am- 5:30 pm.

If you want to see this history come to life in front of your very eyes, take a look round The Ancient Maraes and Archaeological Sights. You can marvel at the shells and rare fish from the lagoons at the The Seashell Museum, (it is open Friday- 8am - 4:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am- 12:00 noon, then 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm). To discover the island’s Christian culture and traditions, visit the Saint Etienne and Saint Michel churches.

There are many cultural events throughout the year that have dance, drama and art exhibitions, such as the Heiva of Arts & Crafts festival, so these too are worth a visit whilst you are touring Tahiti.