We strongly suggest participants spend
at the very least a few extra days
on the island of Tahiti
before or after the conference
and consider the following activities:
features local produce of all kinds, including various tropical vegetables, fruits, other food items
but also garments, pearls and wooden artwork. Especially lively on Sundays early in the morning.
is a very popular one-day road trip of about 120 kilometers, stopping at the best sights:
Pointe Venus Lighthouse,
is popular from August to November when the island of Tahiti hosts hundreds of
which migrate yearly from Antarctica. A boat takes you to see the whales and swim with them.
Operators include Dive and Sea, Fluid Tahiti and Topdive among many others.
is the island's biggest and features a dirt road linking the North and South side of the island,
passing by beautiful mountains, rivers and waterfalls.
This drive is hazardous so professional operators are strongly recommended for this one-day excursion; they include
Tahiti Safari Expedition.
is much less busy and urbanized than Tahiti.
A ferry service runs from Papeete and takes about forty minutes each way.
Operators include Aremiti and Terevau.
For participants able to extend their stay in French Polynesia beyond the week of the conference,
we highly recommend visiting other islands:
Islands of the Society archipelago are typical volcanic islands. They include Huahine, Raiatea, Maupiti and Bora Bora, the latter being the most beautiful but also the most touristic.
Islands of the Tuamotu archipelago are atolls which are renowned worldwide for scuba diving but offer few other activities.
Islands of the Marquesas archipelago are mountains and home to important cultural heritage; they are a three-hour flight away from Tahiti.