Tahiti

The Food and Traditions Expedition

Embark on the very first food expedition of Tahiti.

Location

Tahiti & Moorea

Duration

8 days / 8 nights

Trip Type

Culture

Group Size

4-8 Persons

Languages

English - French

Overview

Discover our islands in a very atypical way and get a real taste of what French Polynesia has to offer. Be curious, be adventurous and try it all: raw fish, exotic fruits, punch, pastries.
On your journey, you will meet passionate foodies who are usually behind the scenes, such as fishermen and farmers, and enjoy all the flavours our lands and seas hide.

BUT MORE THAN JUST TASTE, IT’S ABOUT HISTORY.

We will guide you through this heritage, our traditions and the recent modernisation of our cuisine to understand better what we eat…. and who we are, us, Polynesians. How did we arrive on those remote islands ? What was our main source of food ? How have French and Chinese influenced our cuisine ? How many different techniques of fishing exist ?

Embark on a delicious yet interesting journey, after which you’ll never eat the same.

Please note:

*18 years-old people and over only can join the expedition.
* We also offer non-alcoholic alternatives at Cocktail Hour and during the Pairing Dinner.

3 850 EUR

per person

 

 

Trip Highlights

Today is all about settling down. Meet us for Cocktail Hour at one of the most popular bar in town: meet everybody and get full details on the plan for the next few days… and like we say here, manuia (cheers) !

Then follow us to one of our favourite chinese restaurant and discover the most popular cuisine in French Polynesia, halfway between Tahiti and China.

Today we’re meeting a local NGO, Bio Fetia, working to develop organic farming and provide the population with healthy alternatives. Discover their unique fields of heritage fruits and veggies and try out anything you’d like. But enough with the talking. Put your gloves on, pick up anything you fancy in this vast garden and get ready for cooking !

From the farm… to the market ! Let’s go for an early stroll in town and visit the biggest market on the island, just like locals do on a Sunday morning. Dive into a small world of colours, tastes and smells ! Pick up a few ingredients before heading to Tahiti’s island sister, Moorea, where we’ll be welcomed in a magnificient over-the-sea private villa. All together, we will cook one big tahitian brunch, “Ma’a Tahiti”, for us all to share. Enjoy your afternoon by the sea and choose your next adventure: wether it is kayaking, snorkeling, or taking a nap on the beach… your call !

Today, we will focus on our first source of food – the coral reefs – and you will help on a project very close to our hearts: coral reef restoration. Learn more about the importance of reefs, join a coral cutting workshop and plant your very own coral to rebuild a healthy reef.
In the evening, enjoy a tasting of the only organic rhum produced locally by Mana’o, and local-made wines from Les Vins de Tahiti.

Today we’re meeting the unique milk producer of French Polynesia. Enjoy the scenery from the high fields and walk up to a few viewpoints over the island of Tahiti.
Meet the only local cheesemaker and taste some of our favorite Tahitian cheese and meats.

Today, we’re heading to Teahupoo, where the mythic tahitian waves hide.
Hop on a boat, we’re going on an adventure ! Explore the wildest and most remote part of our island, where the ocean rules.
Food will be cooked fresh from the boat deck and served by the sea: lunch with a view at its best !
At the end of the day, join us on a cooking class of local pastries.

Share your day with locals and live the tahitian way: the closest to nature and the simpliest, the better. Then reach a beautiful villa by the sea, hosting an intimate restaurant with one of the best chef of the east coast of the island. There, you will enjoy a diner halfway between France and French Polynesia.

Follow us and discover another preserved gem of our island, the East coast. Usually less visited, this part of Tahiti is a must-do: black sand, dramatic falls, wild oceans and waves… Nature at its best ! Have lunch in the old house of James Norman Hall and get ready for your next adventure: hop on a traditional sailing canoe and catch your very last tahitian sunset. Then follow us to the most popular spot in town for your last diner: the “roulottes”, our local food trucks, offer a variety of meals, tastes and smells.

Itinerary subject to change

Our Impact

By choosing this expedition, you will further help our country develop an organic, local and natural agriculture.
We believe that educating younger generations to a more sustainable way of life is the key. So we invest time and money building an organic garden for the kids of the NGO SOS Children’s Village*. When booking this expedition, 1% of Nani’s benefits will directly be donated to this project.

* SOS Children’s Village is the largest non-governmental organisation focused on supporting children without parental care and families at risk.

Included

  • 24/7 food-expert guide for your group only (4-8 persons maximum)
  • Airport pick-up
  • All transports (private minivan, private 4x4, ferry boat, private boat)
  • All meals (breakfasts, lunches, dinners)
  • All accomodations (hotel, lodges)
  • All activities
  • Donations for the development of organic gardens with SOS Children's Village
  • First aid kit and 24/7 assistance

Not Included

  • Flights and airport taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Welcome kit
  • Alcoholic drinks (except for the Cocktail Hour on the first day, the tasting on 4th day and the dinner on 7th day, for which alcoholic drinks are included)
  • Tips

Frequently Asked Questions

You’re a food lover and you’re not affraid to try out different things ; you want to visit French Polynesia diffrently and you’re curious to learn more about our History and traditions.
This is all about traditions. Our ancestors lived on fishing, roots and tubers, tropical fruits and coconut trees mostly. So expect a lot of those ! We will always try and accomodate our experiences according to your diet and allergies, but we would not recommend this expedition to somebody following a very strict diet, as you might not be able to try out a lot of our local specialities.

Nothing to worry about. You will receive a detailed travel journal once you’ve booked your expedition and proceeded to full payment.
You will find ALL the information you need there: activities, times, meals, transfers, what to pack and a few tips on the destination. Along with your detailed program, you will receive our Golden Rules, so we all ensure to have the right attitude and the best positive impact whilst travelling together.

Please get in touch and let us know about any special treatments you’d require for your adventure.
Wether you follow a special diet, have a handicap or deal with allergies, we will do our best to accomodate you during your experience.

Please, let us know if you’d like to make this moment even more special. Wether you’re celebrating a birthday, an anniversary or anything important, we can organise something for you. Send us an email (iaorana@nani-travels.com) and we’ll share with you offers and costs.

We are only the visitors of the planet, and Mother Nature remains our big boss ! We adapt our planning to the weather when needed and always have a plan B to make sure we all enjoy our time and remain safe. And wether it’s raining or not, it’s always 30 degrees, so not much to complain about !

We believe this expedition is all about focusing on enjoying delicious and new things. Don’t get us wrong, we love kids but on this journey, we’ll be doing a lot of tastings that could be quite draining for kids. However, feel free to bring recipes back home for your loved ones to try !

To ensure the quality of our expeditions and respect the local environment and communities, we do not run the same tour on a weekly basis. You can always look at our other expeditions or choose a daily activity that fits your stay in French Polynesia.

DEFINITELY ! We’d be more than happy to help you out and recommend the best spots around. Email us with any questions and feel free to take a look to all our daily experiences to build yourself the best trip !
You can reach us out at iaorana@nani-travels.com.

Of course ! Some of you might be worried because we seem to be a tiny dot in the middle of nowhere, but we do have a great health system. Plus, you’re never left alone and our guide will always be looking after you.

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