Customs and Traditions

The Polynesians are welcoming, warm and proud of their fabulous country. Initially shy, their natural cheerfulness quickly comes forward.


This people are very religious although the proportion of believers is decreasing. Nearly 60% of the population is protestant, 30% catholic and 6% mormon.

Dances and Musics

Parties, laughs and joy are all part of the Polynesian lifestyle. Music and dance are present everywhere and they are very representative of Polynesia. Parties sprout spontaneously. The ukulélé and the traditional songs give the rhythm to the dances of vahinés (women) and tanés (men). The tamuré is the most widely kown dance. It consists in balancing the hips in a sensual way.


The most popular sport is without a doubt the Vaa’a (traditional outrigger). The Vaa’a can hold up to 16 rowers. Many Polynesians, men and women, practice this sport. During the famous Hawaiki Nui, a race between the islands of Tahiti, Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa and Bora Bora in three days, all of Polyensia follows the event passionately. Let us not forget javelin throw as well as fruitbearer races taht take place on Heiva, in July every year. Surf is also practiced as an art in Polynesia.


Originally used by warriors to impress their enemies, any Tahitian can wear them nowadays. They often represent tribal drawings such as mosaics, tikis, tortoises, fish and spirals.

Monoï (perfumed oil)

It is produced thanks to refined coconut oil to which Tahitian flower or jasmine perfume was added. True monoi is used for massages but can also be used to make the skin softer or the hair shinier.