Raiatea, Society Islands, French Polynesia
Kayak the Faaroa River
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Discover the pristine natural beauty of Raiatea along the same route as New Zealand's Maori settlers during this unique kayak adventure on the Faaroa River.
Departing the pier, you'll drive directly to the Faaroa River -- the only navigable river in French Polynesia. Upon arrival, listen to safety instructions and take your equipment; then, hop into your kayak.
Led by your guide, you will paddle gently along the river, beginning in the fjord-like inlet of Raiatea known as the Faaroa Gorge. Continue up the scenic Faaroa River, where the steep riverbanks are clad in lush jungle foliage and are home to a diverse range of bird species. Wild hibiscus (purau) trees are found along the sheer cliffs at the edge of the rain forest.
When your river adventure is over, you will re-board the transfer vehicle and return to the ship. This is a peaceful and active way to appreciate Raiatea's beauty.
This active tour includes approximately 1¾ hours of paddling. Participants must know how to swim and be in good physical condition. Pregnant women and guests with neck or back problems are not allowed to participate. Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, biodegradable sunscreen, insect repellent and a hat. Kayaks are doubles and will be shared. Minimum age is 12 years. Maximum weight is 260 lbs. You will be required to follow the guide and wear your lifejacket (provided). A waterproof bag will be available on the kayak to store your small items.