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The Food and Traditions Expedition – Tahiti & Moorea

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Duration

8 days

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Tour Type

Expedition

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Group Size

8 people

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Languages

English, Francais

Overview

The first food expedition in Tahiti.

Discover our islands in a very particular 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.

We’ve worked with care to offer an atypical yet authentic way of visiting our islands. 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 have to offer.

But more than just taste, it’s about History. Ordering a plate at a restaurant is easy but understanding the story behind it makes it even more delicious ! 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 ?

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 NGO SOS Village d’enfant. When booking this tour, 3% of our benefit will directly be donated to this project.

Join the first food expedition in Tahiti and embark on a delicious yet interesting journey!

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Help out local NGOs developping organic and eco-friendly food alternatives
  • Learn local fishing and cooking techniques
  • Immerse yoursel into our History and culinary traditions
  • Try our modern cuisine, with a gastronomical Wine & Food Pairing diner

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. This is why we partnered with SPG Bio Fetia, so we can build, together, an organic garden for the NGO SOS Children's Village *. Being experts in organic agriculture, SPG Bio Fetia appeared like the best partner to help on this project. We do hope that this garden will bring hope to the kids of SOS Village d'Enfants, participating in giving them the chance to grow up in a healthy environment.
When booking this tour, 3% of our 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.

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Embark on your Polynesian adventure.

Today is all about settling down. Ask your guide to help you out with anything you need and enjoy some time by the hotel's beach. Meet us for Cocktail Hour to 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 the most popular spot in town for a friendly and delicious diner: the ""roulottes"", our local food trucks, offer a variety of meals, tastes and smells. Relax and mingle with locals for a typical Friday night in town !

Day 2 - Discover our local and organic agriculture.

Today we're meeting a local NGO, Bio Fetia, working to develop organic farming and provide the local population with healthy alternatives. Discover their unique fields of local 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 !

Day 3 - Sundays are for strolls and brunch.

"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. The market is a must-do if you want to understand better our culture and mingle with locals. Dive into a small world of colours and smells, and learn about our History and traditions.
Pick up a few ingredients before heading to Tahiti's island sister, Mo'orea, where we'll be welcomed in a magnificient over-the-sea private villa. All together, we will cook one big tahitian brunch for us all to share, before enjoying our time by the sea.
Meet us again in the evening for a tasting of organic rhums and local wines."

Day 4 - Catch your dinner !

Get your fishing rod ready, we're going on an adventure ! Today you will deserve what you eat, learning an amazing ancestral fishing technique, the stone fishing. Follow your guide and catch yourself a tasty diner !
At night, a well-deserved get-together will be organised by the beach where your host and chef will grill your catch on the barbecue. It's about time you enjoy the tasty fish you've put so much energy to get !

Day 5 - Explore our mystic valley.

Let's go back in time a bit..! Back in Tahiti, we're heading to the lush valley to learn more about traditionnal and ancestral food. There, you will meet and live at the pace of a very restricted local NGO and community only Nani Travelers get to spend so much time with. This is the perfect moment for you to ask away all the questions you might have about our traditions et History.

Day 6 - Immerse yourself.

You never really know what will be happening up there in the mountains. The community could be cooking, weaving, harvesting. Follow your intuition and explore the valley as well as Polynesian traditions with them. This is your chance to live traditionnally, and get really deep into our culture.

Day 7 - The wild side of Tahiti.

Back to the modern days. 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 !
We will stay in a private villa by the beach, hosting one of the nicest restaurants of the coast. There, you will enjoy a diner halfway between France and French Polynesia and understand better the French influence on our culture.

Day 8 - A yummy road-trip.

This is our last day together, and we're going on a road trip ! Hop on the car and let us guide you along the coast. As the sceneries are passing by, we'll make a few stops to try out street food and discover the best natural gems of our island.
We'll go with the flow and stop whenever we all feel like: food stands on the street, small family restaurants, pastry shops, bars... you name it !
For our last meal, we'll take you to one of the best restaurant of the island where modern and traditions meet, where local ingredients and international techniques are combined.

Included/Exclude

  • 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, traditional village)
  • All activities
  • Donations for the development of organic gardens with SOS Chldren
  • First aid kit and 24/7 assistance
  • Flights and airport taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Welcome kit
  • Alcoholic drinks (except for the Happy Hour on Sunday and the dinner on Thursday, for which alcoholic drinks are included)
  • Tips

FAQs

Is this tour made for me?
You are 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. Get ready for the flavours, colours and stories of our islands !
What kind of food should I expect to eat on this tour ?
This is all about traditions. Our ancestors have always 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 tour to somebody following a very strict diet, as you might not be able to try out a lot of our local specialities.
When will I receive more information on the detailed itinerary?
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.
How can I inform you of any special requests, needs or preferences ?
Please fill in the "More about you" field while checking out, writting anything important we should know before your arrival.
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, get in touch 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.
What if the weather is not on our side ?
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 !
Why young children (-16yo) cannot attend this expedition ?
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 tasting that could be quite draining for kids. However, feel free to bring recipes back home for your loved ones to try !
The dates of the tour don't meet my agenda :( anything else you can offer ?
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.
If I arrive earlier or stay longer, could you help me book accomodations and activities ?
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.
Can I feel safe on this tiny island lost in the Pacific ocean ?
Of course ! Some of you might be worried because we're so tiny and 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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