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Discover the spectacular show Tahiti 'a Mai, with O Tahiti E dance troupe at the Marae Arahurahu in Paea, Tahiti. This monthly show encapsulates the magic of Tahiti in an educational show demonstrating the customs and traditions of the ancient Marae ceremonies.  The Marae situated at the foot of the valley is a very special venue enhancing the force of the performance of the dance troupe O Tahiti E.  Simply amazing.


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Atolls of Polynesia.
French Polynesia has an amazing diversity of islands, roughly 130 scattered over 2,500,000 square kilometers.  Some of these Islands are "atolls",  often described as a "ring-shaped ribbon reef enclosing a lagoon".
(See below for a quick explanation on the formation of an atoll.)

In Polynesia, the Tuamotus form the largest chain of atolls in the world, spanning an area of the Pacific Ocean roughly the size of Western Europe. The most famous are Rangiroa, Fakarava, Tetiaroa, Tikehau, Maupiti, Manihi, Ahe or the heart-shaped Tupai, very noticeable from the sky and loved by Japanese newly-weds.  It has become a very special honeymoon destination. On the other hand, the magical Tetiaroa will soon host the exclusive but eco-friendly Brando Hotel.

Atolls are very much part of the richness of Polynesian bio-diversity.   Fakarava for example, Polynesia's second largest atoll, is presently being classified by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. Rangiroa, the largest Polynesian atoll, spreads its elliptic shape over 80 km in length and 32 km in width.  It is a favourite scuba diving area, offering some of the best dives in the world in and around the Tiputa Pass.   Sedentary common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) regularly play in groups in the Pass. Large manta rays, green sea turtles and humphead wrasse can also be seen.  Occasionally tiger and hammerhead sharks can also be spotted. In January, large numbers of stingrays gather in the Tiputa Pass with the hammerhead sharks that feed on them.

From the sky, these atolls resemble exotic paintings, stripes of lush green coconut and palm vegetation contrasting with a striking palette of turquoise blue waters dotted with corals heads.

Have a look at Tim's selection of beautiful aerial Images of Polynesia's favourite atolls - the best Polynesian atolls from Polynesia's best aerial photographer.




Intercontinental Moorea

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Discover the newly-refurbished Intercontinental Moorea Resort and Spa via Tim's innovative and exciting approach.  The Tim McKenna Team and Tahiti Fly Shoot collaborate to propose a photo reportage with a unique combination: all photo angles possible from underwater to above/below photography, high altitude to low altitude aerial photography, 360° virtual tours and lifestyle shoot productions.   A complete package handled by an experienced team who have worked on various local and international productions.   Contact us to discuss your needs and ask for a quote at:


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Jean-Marie Biret's traditional Tahitian dance troop MANAHAU is performing every Saturday night at the Sofitel Hotel on Tahiti.  The "Season of the Wind"  is the theme of the new show starring Aruhoia Biret voted best dancer of Ori Tahiti at the Heiva Festival in 2010.  Come and enjoy this stunning show performed around the pool area.



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Based In Tahiti, French Polynesia, Tim McKenna is specialized in yacht photography so, whether you need stunning images for a magazine cover or feature, brochures, advertising  or websites, he is your logical choice.

An exclusive service caters for all categories -  yacht owners,  captains,  yacht brokers, charter brokers or publishers. 


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A few years ago, the TMK team was mesmerized by the beauty of one of the dancers in the Tahitian dance group EI TAHITI.  She had the grace of Audrey Hepburn and also exotic charm for which Polynesian women are renowned, with her long shining hair and voluptuous lips.  Her name was Rauata Temauri.  In addition, Rauata proved to be a talented model to work with -  smart and down to earth, a real natural.  After graduating in Communication Studies, she became a teacher but continued to do a few modeling jobs for us :  the Hinano campaign and catalogue, OPT, Enchanted Isles, GIE Tahiti Tourism, Surfeuses swimsuit issue, etc.   At 22 years old, she unsurprisingly won the title of Miss Tahiti 2011.  The TMK team now  supports her to become Miss France 2012 at a ceremony on 3rd December in Brest, France,  broadcast by TF1….  We're all behind you, Rauata !


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Tahiti Tilted !

Check out Tahiti as you have never seen it before.
Aerial images of French Polynesia using the tilt shift photography effect.

"Tilt-shift" photography encompasses two different types of movements:  rotation of the lens plane relative to the image plane, called tilt, and movement of the lens parallel to the image plane, called shift. Tilt is used to control the orientation of the plane of focus (PoF), and hence the part of an image that appears sharp; it makes use of the Scheimpflug principle. Shift is used to adjust the position of the subject in the image area without moving the camera back; this is often helpful in avoiding the convergence of parallel lines, as when photographing tall buildings.
Tilt Shift lenses are frequently used in architectural photography to control perspective, and in landscape photography to get an entire scene sharp. They can also be used  to create a selective focus area to simulate a miniature scene. Outrigger canoes, small boats, jetskis and surfers are perfect subjects for this.  This is the photographic effect Tim has been working on while flying around French Polynesia these last few years.


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Laury Thilleman, the super charming and beautiful Miss France 2011 was in Tahiti in June 2011 for the election of the new Miss Tahiti Rauata, Temauri. Before the big day , Tim got to take her around Tahiti and Moorea along with Miss Tahiti 2010 Pohere Wilson, for what soon became just some fun watersports days ! At ease in the water on almost anything, stand up paddle or surf, both Laury and Poe proved to be great sports and super fun to be with. They opened Michel Bourez's Rotarere surf competition in Papara with a super session with the boys Michel, Hira Teriinatoofa and Raimana Von Bastolaer. Laury Thilleman Miss France 2011 is one to remember, quick, witty and sporty she's got it all to go far....SIPA Presse reportage.


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Tahiti Iti from Above
A bird's-eye view of Tahiti's Peninsula island.

Take a trip above Tahiti's spectacular peninsula known as Tairapu or Tahiti Iti.  
Tahiti Iti means 'small' Tahiti and is situated to the south of Tahiti's 'big' island, Tahiti Nui.  The two "islands" are joined by a small isthmus at Taravao.  It took Mother Nature 4.5 million years to build this stunning volcanic island.