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Discover Tahiti's West Coast

Papeete, Tahiti, Polynésie française

Discover Tahiti's West Coast


  • 4
    h Estimate Duration
  • Recommandé pour les familles
  • Accessibilité limitée

Enjoy the natural beauty of the island’s west coast and cultural attractions such as an ancient open-air temple, Vaipahi Gardens and the lush and peaceful surroundings of a cave linked to Captain Cook.

Settle in for a leisurely drive down Tahiti’s west coast along a highway that hugs the picturesque shoreline. Being the driest part of the island, this area features a wonderfully rugged landscape with one amazing view after another.

In time, you will arrive at Vaipahi Gardens, a tropical paradise of exotic vegetation and serene ponds. The word vaipahi means splashing water, a reference to the garden’s gently cascading waterfalls. While walking along the trails, you may see lotuses in bloom and 100-year-old Tahitian chestnut trees.

Then, it’s on to Marae Arahurahu, one of the completely restored ancient temple or marae in Polynesia. Meticulously maintained, this sacred site was once used for religious rituals, royal ceremonies and celebrations after military victories. The park-like setting is dotted with elevated altars, stone tiki figures, and curious red sculptures that represent the ancestors of influential local families. According to legend, the spirit of an ancient hero lingers here.

You will make a refreshing stop at the Maraa Grottoes. Enjoy the lush vegetation that surrounds its entrance, and as you take the short walk on the trail, you will come across the largest underwater cave in Tahiti. It is said that Paul Gauguin enjoyed the waters here, so those interested in his work will be particularly appreciative of the natural features and atmosphere that inspired his later pieces.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking on flat surfaces, uneven ground with inclines and stone paths. It is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, can make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.

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Type d'excursion :

Visites de villes et panorama
Sites historiques

Niveau d'activité :

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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