Papeete, French Polynesia
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Approximately 4 Hours
Meals not included
Begin your tour with a drive along the West Coast of the island of Tahiti, turning south to the Vaipahi Gardens. Rare species of precious wood and tropical flowers flourish here.
On the return route, enjoy a stop at the Fern Grotto Caves of Maraa. These caves were described in Captain Cook's 1769 journal and were also a popular bathing spot for painter Paul Gauguin on hot afternoons, as described in his book, Noa Noa.
Visit the Arahurahu Marae and take a short walk through this quite sacred place, which served both religious and social purposes in pre-Christian Polynesian societies.
Last but not least, explore the interesting Museum of Tahiti & Her Islands. Set in a lagoon side coconut grove, with a pictureque view of Moorea, this museum ranks as one of the best in the South Pacific. The exhibits display a large array of archeological finds, Polynesian artwork and costumes that tell the story of ancient Tahiti.
French Polynesia's geological features include coral reefs, coral beaches, sea, mountains and some uneven ground. Wear comfortable attire and walking, hiking or water shoes as appropriate. Wear sunscreen and insect repellent. Bring sunglasses and bottled water. Expensive jewelry or clothing should not be worn on tour.