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.
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.
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.
This is a famous international surfspot. Its supposed to be better than Northshore in Hawaii. When we got here there were alot of kids body surfing here and the waves were so so. I was expecting the waves to be much bigger.
This is called Point Venus because it is here that Captain Cook set up an observatory to watch the transit of venus across the sun during his second trip to Tahiti. The observatory was later converted to a lighthouse. The site also includes monuments to Cook and to Capt Bligh and the Bounty crew
The 3 caves of Vaipori, Mata Vaa, and Te Ana Tetea are situated right along the road in fact. They shelter a little lake with black stagnant waters and used to be called «Entrance to the Underworld».
Little bridges and stream along the path make the spot enjoyable. The caves are covered in with vegetation, mainly ferns.
Stop to visit if you drive by, on your way to some place else, but otherwise it is not really worth it...
You can't miss the big carpark in front of the grottoes.
We decided to rest for one more hour on this beach to end our visit around Tahiti. One more swim before taking the plane back home. The place had nice black sand and gentle waves. This is the last Polynesian beach we saw …but I can’t remember the name :-)
A really funny geological curiosity! The blowhole is a lavatube that opens into the sea. As the waves of the ocean rush into this tunnel, they also compress the air inside, causing a mix of air and water to be violently blown out of the hole that’s on the ground, next to the cliff. Be very careful, this blast that comes out is really powerful ! And the “sidewalk” is very narrow…
This water drizzle is also blown on the overlooking platform on the other side of the road... and on anyone that leans there to watch the crashing waves :-)
The landscape around this viewpoint is also breathtaking. It’s really worth a stop. A wonderful contrast between black sand, blue sea and green palm trees ! I simply love it...
The way is quite slippery and you’ll come across loads of mosquitoes… but the walk is very pleasant through that refreshing vegetation.
You’ll walk on a charming wooden bridge and through a bamboo forest on the way to the first waterfall. The path winds along a romantic little stream, which agreeably cools the heat, until your reach the waterfalls of Haaaremare Iti, Haaaremare Rahi, and Vaimahuta
Easy access to the first waterfall. The access to the two other waterfalls is a bit more challenging.
My husband dared a short swim in the refreshing water, although it is now forbidden.
Point Venus (la Pointe de Vénus in French) is the place where Captain Cook first shored in Tahiti.
James Cook had brought along wit him a British astronomer, Charles Green. Together, they hoped to study the transit of Venus across the sun on June 3rd, 1769.
Later on, a lighthouse was build on the spot (1867). It used to be 25 m high, but is 7 m higher since 1963. It is still in use today
Nice beach, again with black sand, along Matavai bay.
A coral pyramid build on the grounds of an ancient marae near the sea. The coat of arms of the Pomare Kingdom is engraved on the door. Nice view on Matavai bay.
Pomare V was the last king of the royal family that reigned in Tahiti for more than two centuries. He abandonned his territories to France in 1880.
This is a world-renowned surfing location, the beach has some of the best waves in the world…
The landscapes around are fabulous, the beach really is at the end of the road that follows the west coast of Tahiti.
We could already marvel at the huge waves from a distance, as we neared this beach! We took some rest on the black sand beach (which is of volcanic origin) while watching the show of the surfers. I particularly liked the contrasting colors of the landscape at this place.
We drove on along the western coast of Tahiti and found this nice building on the side of the road. I stopped to take a picture of what I thought to be a church...unfortunately I couldn't find its name. But I liked the colors and architecture of it, especially its cute balcony :-)
Not very easy to find, just near the Vaima stream.
Walk along the stream, after you parked on the little carpark with shops. The baths are at the end of the stream, a sort of bubbling bath in the middle of the water. The legend says that bathing in it will leave your skin as soft as a baby's...