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Fa'aroa River Kayaking

Raiatea, French Polynesia

Fa'aroa River Kayaking


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Discover the pristine natural beauty of Raiatea along the same route used by New Zealand's Maohi settlers during this scenic kayak adventure on the Fa'aroa River.

From the pier, it's a scenic 30-minute drive to the Fa'aroa River, French Polynesia's only navigable river. Upon arrival, you will receive your safety instructions and equipment and then embark your two-person kayak. Led by your guide, you will begin your journey by paddling from Raiatea's fjord-like inlet, or Fa'aroa Gorge, to the scenic Fa'aroa River. Along the way, you will find the steep river walls to be lush with jungle foliage, and home to diverse species of birds and wild hibiscus trees, or purau, growing along the sheer cliffs of the rainforest.

After approximately 2 hours of paddling, you'll return to shore and transfer back to the pier in Raiatea.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility concerns. Participants must know how to swim and be in good physical condition. Swimwear worn under a cover-up, sun cap, sunglasses, biodegradable sunscreen, towel and flat comfortable shoes that can get wet are recommended. Participants must be at least 12 years of age and weigh less than 260 pounds 200 lbs. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You’ll be required to follow your guide and wear your life jacket at all times. A small waterproof bag will be available on board the kayak to store your small items. The kayaks are double-occupancy and will be shared.

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Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.
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