Papeete, French Polynesia
Discover Tahiti's West Coast
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Approximately 4 Hours
Begin your tour with a drive to the local Government Assembly headquarters. Here you will visit the private garden -- a lush setting with a natural spring pool that was a favorite of Queen Pomare IV (1827-1877).
Leaving the city of Papeete, head 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.
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.