There is a small parking lot and a look out point that is not too far. You don't see too much of the blowhole but you can hear it up against the cliff wall. The surf is quite strong here and the beach is very rocky. There are bathroom facilities. On the other side of the road is a road that leads to 3 waterfalls, Trois Cascades Te fa'auruma'i. You should make sure to see that if you're in this area.Related to:
Vaitepiha Beach on the East Side of Tahiti-iti
On the second day of our car rental, we wanted to continue seeing the rest of the island. We started the day on our way to the east side of Tahiti-iti. It took about 30-40 minutes from our hotel to that part of the island. We saw a hitch hiker and picked him up. Richard, on holiday from New Zealand, was going to trek around the southern tip of Tahiti-iti as cars are not able to drive around this part. However, he started from quite a distance and since we were headed that way anyway, we gave him a lift. We drove as far as the road would take us and we walked with Richard for a bit. It was really hot and after 20 minutes or so, we turned back around. Here are some photos of the area.Related to:
Need 4WD to go up Center Road of Tahiti-iti!
We had read that if you go up to the very end of the center road on Tahiti-iti, you can see both sides of Tahiti Nui at the same time. So, we ventured up the road in our compact, manual drive, little rented car. Wow! The pot holes were enormous towards the top of Tahiti-iti! At times I thought we may get stuck. Needless to say, I was really scare that we would damage the car. So, we, carefully, turned around and went back down. If you do have a 4WD vehicle, I'm sure you would make it just fine. We saw many cars (at least 6) that continued up on the road. Here are some of the pics I got when we were driving up.Related to:
- Road Trip
Vaipahi Water Garden
There is no fee to visit. There are waterfalls and streams. You are better off wearing your tennis shoes than flip flops to see this place. There are hiking trails. There are bathroom facilities.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Plage de Taharu'u
This was a an absolutely, beautiful black sand beach! The other beaches we had seen up to this point and the lighter color sand. Again, with bathroom facilities and parking. There was a great lunch truck parked at this beach. We split a delicious sandwich.
Here's a link to the lunch truck tip:
This was just amazing to see. It was an absolutely clear day with no rain. However, the water dripping down over the grotto felt like it was raining! Tahiti is extremely lush and green. The grotto had ferns growing everywhere and it was quite beautiful. Make sure to see both caves, there are two of them.Related to:
On the beach side of the road, the ocean comes right up to the wall and there are steps leading down to the water making it accessible. Across the street is the Mara'a Grotto (caves) and Paroa Cliffs. Parking is available along the roadside.Related to:
Plage de Vaiava
This seemed to be a fairly popular beach. We were touring around on a Sunday, so quite a few people were enjoying the beach. Again, very nice bathroom facilities & shower. Lots of parking available.Related to:
Plage de To'arota
The beaches in Tahiti are all unique and quite beautiful. We rented a car for a few days and toured about the entire island stopping at various beaches and scenic points. This was the first beach we stopped off at traveling south from the Intercontinental Hotel. What I was impressed with at the main beaches is they have nice bathroom facilities and showers. Usually, a parking lot, too. Very nice for locals and the tourists.Related to:
As described in a travel brochure, you can swim/snorkel with fish and sharks (non-threatening ones I hope). We had slight difficulty finding it as it turned out it was located inside Restaurant Captain Bligh. Then it turned out it was closed. We were not sure if it was closed permanently or just closed temporarily. Located in pristine waters off the western shore on Tahiti Nui.Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling
Maui Beach on Tahiti-iti
Probably the most picturesque beach on the island. It was Sunday and locals must love to come here. The coral reef comes up all the way to land. There are sandy spots here and there and the people like to just sit in the water. Walking out hundreds of feet into the ocean, the water was no more than thigh high. The water was crystal clear! There are a couple of restaurants right along the beach. The Maui Beach Restaurant was really, really good! Please make sure to see my restaurant tip for them. On this day at this beach, there was a bus parked alongside the road. Musicians were in the bus playing music and singing. That was quite a treat!Related to:
La Plage de Maui Beach
If you are on the main island of Tahiti, you need to rent a car and drive to west side of Tahiti-iti. You will stumble upon an amazing beach-lagoon where the water is so clear, it will amaze you. There is a restaurant right at the edge of the beach you should make sure to dine at. Many of the locals were at this beach just sitting in the water. It appeared you could easily walk out into the water more than 150 feet and the water would be no higher than your thighs. On this particular day that we saw the beach, there was a bus of musicians paying music and singing, see video link below. It was great!
Make sure to see my restaurant review at:
Swimming with Sharks and Sting Rays
Imagine swimming with 4 foot black and white tip reef sharks only 5-10 feet away from you.... It is such a rush and an experience of a lifetime that I would recommend to everyone.
The tour guides take you out on a small motorized outrigger canoe and throw chum out in front of it. You have the option to watch them feed from the boat or in the water up close and personal. Next they take you to the next location where in 3 feet deep of water you can jump back into the water and hand feed a family of sting rays.
From there, you cruise to a small motu surrounded by a white sandy beach and coconut palms. You get to enjoy the rest of the afternoon with a Polynesian picnic lunch and can enjoy snorkeling around the motu, enjoy the sun and lay out, or go for a hike and explore the motu.Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling
Cathedrale de l'Immaculee Conception
All the little churches in Tahiti and Moorea kind of look like this. Very simple but neat and clean. Nothing fancy about them especially this one which is conncidered a cathedral. They are very beautiful though. I wasnt able to go inside but I hear this place houses a series of paintings of the Crucifixion.
Drive around the island
We rented a car and we went for the day around the island of Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Iti. You cant go totally around Tahiti Iti but you can go as far as possible then turn around at Teahupoo, the famous surf spot then go to the other side and turn around at Tautira. The drive is easy, beautiful and relaxing. From the road we say plenty of waterfalls on the Tahiti Iti side of the island on the East Coast. It was so beautiful. We didnt take a tour becausewe wanted to stop where we wanted to and do our own things. We took off with a travel book in our hands and a map.
We stopped by so many churches and had the best views of the island. I dont care what anyone says Tahiti is beautiful and amazing. Everyone we talked to said to get off Tahiti and head out to Bora Bora or Moorea but I found Tahiti totally worth it too.
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