|Opening ceremony||August 25, 1971|
|Closing ceremony||September 5, 1971|
The 1971 South Pacific Games, held at Papeete in Tahiti from 25 August to 5 September 1971, was the fourth edition of the South Pacific Games.
Approximately 1,500 male athletes and 500 female athletes participated in the games.
Fourteen Pacific nations or territories competed at the Games:
There were 17 sports contested at the 1971 South Pacific Games:
Medals were awarded in 117 events:
|1||New Caledonia (NCL)||33||32||27||92|
|2||Papua New Guinea (PNG)||28||28||21||77|
|3||French Polynesia (PYF)||22||24||24||70|
|5||Western Samoa (WSM)||9||3||5||17|
|8||Wallis and Futuna (WLF)||2||1||6||9|
|9||Solomon Islands (SOL)||1||2||2||5|
|10||American Samoa (ASA)||0||2||12||14|
|11||Cook Islands (COK)||0||1||3||4|
|–||Gilbert and Ellice Islands||0||0||0||0|
|Totals (12 nations)||117||117||125||359|
^c The women's softball tournament was won by Guam, with Papua New Guinea and American Samoa taking second and third place respectively, although the Oceania Sport Information Centre report (on their Sporting Pulse webpage as at October 2015) omits the result.