Raiatea, Society Islands, French Polynesia
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Board a typical motorized Polynesian outrigger canoe and glide on deep blue waters towards the east coast of the island.
You'll travel upstream on the only navigable river in the Society Islands -- the Faaroa River. Along the way, the steep riverbanks are clad in lush with jungle foliage and are home to a diverse range of bird species. Wild hibiscus trees (purau) grow along the sheer cliffs at the edge of the rain forest. Pass some villages en route -- a chance to observe the daily life of the inhabitants.
Leaving the river, you will transfer to a small motu, or islet, where you will have time to enjoy the warm sea water and relax in the sun.
Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, biodegradable sunscreen and a hat. At the beach, participants must hop out of the canoe using a side ladder and wade a few yards in shallow water to reach the shore.