Tahiti and Her islands are a relaxed and casual destination but offer myriad land and sea activities. One of the highlights of a visit of Tahiti and her Islands is visiting the small villages on an island tour or a trip to the island interiors and lush green peaks on a 4×4 safari, guided nature hike, or horseback ride. Tahiti and the remote island of Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas, have some of the best hiking trails. One of the most scenic trails leads hikers from the south coast of Tahiti-Iti to the Te Pari Cliffs, almost at the eastern point of the island. The walk passes several hidden valleys and meanders along the stunning coastline. Another great trail on Tahiti leads to the summit of Aorai at over 6000 feet
The entrance is generally easy with wide and sufficiently developed paths.
– Mount Marau: accessible by car for beautiful walks to the summit(vertiginous crests, a nice hike for experienced walkers).
– The Belvedere: panoramic viewpoint of the peninsula (Tahiti Iti).
– The three waterfalls.
– The Spring Gardens of Vaipahi and its crestline path.
– Afareaitu Waterfalls.
– The ‚Äúpathway of the ancestors‚Äù which joins up with ‚Äúthe pineapple route‚Äù.
– The pedagogical circuits of the Professional High School of Agriculture.
– The three coconut trees pass from the Belvedere.
– The winding paths in the Opunohu Valley.
MORE DIFICULT HIKES
Due to the nature of the terrain or the unevenness, which requires good physical condition services of a professional guide are highly recommended.
– The Fautaua Waterfall.
– The crossing of the peninsula (Tahiti Iti) either by the interior or by the cliffs of the TePari, requires a minimum of two days of hiking.
– The ascent of Mount Aorai (2066 meters – 6714 ft): requires two days.
– The Faraura Waterfalls, a very aquatic and athletic hike.
– The Diadem pass.
– The ascent of Mount Rotui (900 meters): crestline.
– The ascent of the pierced mountain Mou’aPuta (830 meters).
– The ascent of Mount Tohiea.
– The crossing of the island East-South Vaiare-Vaianae (Haapiti).
Water-based activities include jet skiing, windsurfing, waterskiing, parasailing, canoeing, diving, and shark feeding. Tahiti and Her Islands of course offers some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. With hundreds of dive sites throughout the islands, divers can choose from the amazing drift dives, oceanic drop-offs, sunken ships, and lagoon dives with infinite marine life.
According to divers, there is no better place in the world to see such a wide variety of sea beds, whether you dive in the lagoons, around the mountain islands, the lower lying islands or around the atolls.. In almost all the main islands – Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea and Tahaa, in the Tuamotu Islands, the Marquesas and even in the Austral Islands, from the smallest to the largest, a large number of clubs have been created.
Amongst the caves and the rocky depths, from lagoons to reefs, divers swim amongst spectacular coral formations and discover red sponges, multicolored polyps, gorgonian or luxurious gardens of all sorts of anemone, where schools of angel or butterfly fish, clouds of silver and gold formed by thousands of fish. The whole range of tropical underwater fauna is here: parrot fish, clown fish, butterfly fish, blue tang fish, triggerfish, morays, eagle rays and mantas. There are some impressive encounters: dolphins, manta rays, turtles and even barracudas.
The main attraction for the public, in all the islands, remains diving with sharks, the principal (and Pacific…) stars of each outing. The most spectacular diving is found in the passages of the Tuamotu Islands, particularly that of Rangiroa (but also at Fakarava or Tikehau) considered as the Mecca of deep sea diving.
A wide variety of cruises sail the waters of Tahiti and Her Islands. Luxurious cruise ships offering first-class meals and balcony cabins, Tahitian-owned “super yachts”, passenger freighters to sail boats, they all provide the opportunity to explore a number of islands in a relaxed way.
Tahiti and Her Islands also offers many romantic get-aways and a quite unique and very popular activity is a traditional Tahitian wedding, a meaningful yet legally non-binding ceremony for couples wishing to wed or renew their vows. Couples are bedecked in bright pareu (local sarong), flowers, and shells. The groom is brought to the beachside location in a canoe while the bride is carried on a rattan throne. Music and dancers enhance the ceremony while a Tahitian priest performs the rites and gives the couple a Tahitian name.