Papeete, French Polynesia
Tahiti: Around the Island
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 7 Hours
Leaving Papeete's pier, you will head to the local Government Assembly headquarters and visit its private garden. Within this lush setting is the natural spring pool that was a favorite of Tahiti's last Queen -- Pomare IV (1827-1877).
On a panoramic drive towards the east coast of the island, stop at the James Norman Hall House. The home evokes the daily life of the famous poet and writer of American contemporary literature.
Continuing to Matavai Bay, you'll see Tahara'a Point (a great photo opportunity) and Point Venus, where Captain James Cook observed the transit of Venus in 1769.
Further along the coast is the Arahoraho Blowhole, spouting a great soary of water when the tidal conditions are right.
Lunch is served at a local restaurant; then, continue to the Spring Garden of Vaipahi, brimming with tropical plants and trees.
Your final 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, described in his book, Noa Noa.
Bus tours operate mainly on paved roads; however, some road conditions may be bumpy. Pregnant women or guests with back or neck problems are not allowed to participate. Wear comfortable attire and walking shoes, as well as sunscreen and insect repellent. Bring sunglasses and bottled water. Expensive jewelry or clothing should not be worn on tour.