To'ata Square (Tahua To'ata)
Even when no events are scheduled at the square, it makes for a pleasant stroll along the waterfront, where visitors can watch boats passing by and outrigger canoe teams training for races. To’ota Square is also dotted with an interesting cultural detail—Tikis, religious statues used in the ancient Polynesian society to guard sacred sites and as a link between man and the spiritual world.
Things to Know Before You Go
- To’ota Square is a must-visit for those with an interest in music and local culture.
- Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
How to Get There
To’ota Square is on the Papeete waterfront about a half mile south of Place Vaiete. It’s easy to get to on foot.
When to Get There
To experience the square in full swing, plan to visit during a festival or concert. If you’d prefer to enjoy the grounds in peace and quiet, come on a weekday morning or afternoon when nothing’s scheduled.
Heiva Festival The 17-day event takes place every July, and brings a Carnival-like atmosphere to the area with Tahitian dance schools competitions and celebrations of music and dance. Locals from neighboring islands as well as international visitors come to take part in the festivities.