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    West coast - Marae Arahurahu

    by Muya Written Aug 13, 2009

    Located in the district of Paea, this marae has been well restored and maintained. Nested in a valley, the place is really quiet and peaceful, surrounded by abundant vegetation.
    The Tiki (polynesian statue) at the entrance is the guardian of the site. Various painted wooden totems, the “unus”, are scattered throughout the marae. You can see as well the fare for the priest and the altar build in a the form of a pyramid.

    Historical reenactments also take place at the marae Arahurahu.

    See my general tip on the French Polynesia page for more information about marae.

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    West coast - Public beach

    by Muya Written Aug 13, 2009

    After the museum, we wanted to take some rest on the public beach of Punaauia, but I’m not sure this is where we effectively stopped… anyway, we enjoyed the walk on this black sand beach, with the view on Moorea in the distance.

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    West coast - Museum of Tahiti and her islands

    by Muya Updated Aug 13, 2009

    A very interesting museum divided into 4 sections. The first one thoroughly describes how the Polynesian atolls are formed. Various instructive displays and maps show their geology, fauna and flora and teach you why certain species and plants, rather than other, develop better on Polynesian grounds. There are very few endemic species in French Polynesia because the islands were born from the ocean, and thus were never bound to the continent. So only very tough birds, insects and marine species could reach those remote islands thanks to their light weight, enabling them to better travel than other species. The few mammals that live there have been introduced by man.
    I was particularly impressed by the scaled display representing the atolls of Polynesia... it clearly showed that atolls are like icebergs, and that in fact the biggest part of them lies underwater !
    The second section describes the conditions of living and everything related to the habits of life and worship. You can see how an outrigger canoe is made, admire giant tikis, and the different varieties of roofs (either made of interlaced coconut leaves or stacked pandanus leaves) as well as everyday life artifacts.
    The third room is dedicated to all the sailors related to the discovery and history of French Polynesia, and to the priests who founded the first catholic communities.
    The fourth section is dedicated to the Polinesian dynasties.

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    Tour of the island

    by Muya Written Aug 13, 2009

    The tour of Tahiti can of course be done in one day if you drive quickly, but I suggest to start with the West coast on one day, and then do the East coast another day… It’ll be nicer to stop and visit if you have more time ahead… so rent your car for 2 days!

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    Bora Bora Lagoon adventure

    by riocopa Written Jan 22, 2007

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    at the time of which i speak,we booked a day long trip travelling around Bora Bora Lagoon,including Lunch and as fate would have it,there was a French Tv travel show on the trip with us,it seems to be a popiular trip but ion this day we were the only outrigger canoe to be seen,first stop Sting ray reef,got to get off the canoe and play with them and pick them up,next was the Shark Feeding,well the guides dove off the boat and started baiting the for the sharks ,we get in the water and wait,and all of a sudden all the fish dissapear and the sharks come out of the shadows to feed,they calmly just ate what the guides cut up almost like they rang the lunch bell, it was absolutly thrilling to be that close to sharks in the wild and somehow felt incrdibly safe for some reason as the guide explained to us that no has every been bitten by the friendly sharks of bora bora lagoon,next was an excellent outdoor lunch along with music and dancing,then back to the water to swim with the gentle giant manta rays,i dont think anywhere in the world you can get a guarenteed wildlife experience like this one,for the price of $60,well if you every there and the trip like this is offered take it at any price

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    Tahitian Flora

    by ahouse2003 Written Jul 4, 2006

    There is a botanical garden in downtown Tahiti, but the island interior safari we took allowed us to see Tahiti's vegetation in its natural state. Tahiti is home to about 1,000 different types of flora. Our guide showed us many different flowers, fruits and ferns on the island and explained how each was used by the Tahitian people.

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    Maraes

    by ahouse2003 Updated Jul 4, 2006

    While on our safari, we made a stop to see some of Tahiti's maraes, which are Tahit's pre-missionary places of worship. They consist of open-air platforms where gods were invoked, human sacrifices were made, rituals were held and where chiefs from all over the South Pacific would meet. There was not much left but a few rocks, and I wouldn't have known they were ruins if it had not been for our guide, so if you see them it would be nice to have a local guide to explain what each area was used for. There were restroom facilites here, so it must be frequented by tourists, although it seemed largely inaccessible and far from the main road.

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    Vaihiria Crater Lake

    by ahouse2003 Updated Jul 4, 2006

    Halfway through our safari is a beautiful crater lake in the center of the island. It is the largest lake in French Polynesia and is home to Tahiti's sacred eels (who supposedly have ears). It serves as a reservoir for rainwater. This lake is not accessible unless you go there by a 4X4 vehicle or are backpacking. It is a beautiful site and a must see while in Tahiti.

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    Emerald Mountains

    by ahouse2003 Updated Jul 4, 2006

    The jagged mountain peaks of Tahiti impressed me most of all. On a sunny day, they must be even more beautiful. You don't necessarily have to visit the island's interior to see the mountain peaks, but the interior safari gives you a closer glimpse of them and a sense of how large they really are.

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    Interior Island 4X4 Safari

    by ahouse2003 Updated Jul 4, 2006

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    For those who are not heading to the beach, I highly recommend a tour of Tahiti's interior. It is uninhabited, and largely inaccessible. There is a small, winding and BUMPY road used by backpackers and 4X4 vehicles to explore the wonders of the interior. I do not recommend this trip to anyone with any type of medical problem.

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    Water sports

    by anacapa Written Jun 2, 2006

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    Rent a kayak or row boat and row out to one of the many Motus off the island. We rented a two person kayak and road out to the island you see in the distance. We rented the kayak from the hotel as well (Hotel Hibiscus, see my hotel tip)

    Go swimming. The water is so warm and inviting. The beach has both sand and rocks and can be tricky in spots, but once you're in the water you won't want to get out. I didn't.

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    rent a bicycle

    by anacapa Updated Jun 2, 2006

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    Riding a bicycle was a great way to see some of the island. The road running along the coastline is flat. We got a kick out of the island kilometer markers. They're in the shape of the island.

    We rented our bikes from our hotel (Hotel Hibiscus)

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    Papeete Nightlife

    by KenmareKeith Written May 16, 2006

    I was with a group of really beautiful Cabin crew - we wanted to go dancing.
    The nightclub that the receptionist sent us to was a bit odd - it turned out to be a transvestite nightclub. It was a fun evening though. I got breathalysed twice by the same French Policeman (I only drank Cola so that was OK) who was quite upset that the second time he stopped me I had a different set of stunningly lovely girls as passengers...
    The music was good though and I got taught the hula from a tahitian (but I still don't know if it was a he or a she !)

    There's fun nightlife in Papeete but some of the nightclubs are definitely seedy so please be careful wandering round late at night.

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    Driving Around Tahiti

    by saltwaterandsails Updated Mar 7, 2006

    The majority of the beaches on Tahiti island are black or brown sands. Tropical paradise beaches can be found at the nearby islands of Moorea and Bora Bora. Refer to the other sections.

    A short drive from the Capital Papeete along to the North coast will lead to some good surfing spots. Probably about 2 km of surf breaks will offer enough room for locals and foreigners alike.

    The highway gives good views of the surf spots along this North Coast.

    The larger island can be driven around in about 3-4 hours. There is very little to see on the Western Coast until the road nears the South Island (connected by a spit). East coast is very rural and more scenic.

    On the tourist maps there appeared to be a road through the Middle of the island. We attempted to drive through it in an ordinary sedan, and it was not possible. There was a sign that said the road was inpassible after 7km on the Western side. The distance that we did cover was amazing. The road went into cannon like valley, with the mountains towering above..........had we a 4 wheel drive we would have pushed further.
    A couple of the locals called out for us not to continue, but we pressed ahead and saw a little of Tahiti that many do not.

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    Visit the island of Moorea - Cook's Bay

    by Jacquelynn Written Nov 6, 2005

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    Also known as Tahiti-iti, the "Little fish of Tahiti", Aimeo, and Fe'e, it was only recently named Moorea. This mountainous island has a beautiful 37 miles long road along the coast. The crystal waters offer excellent diving and snorkeling - it's lagoon is one of the most beautiful in the Society Islands. You can also parasail here!

    There are 14,000 inhabitants, many of which commute by ferry to Tahiti for work.

    This ancient volcano, with it's jagged peaks, has been used as a backdrop for many filmmakers. The peak of Mouaroa is Micheners "Bali Hai"

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