French Polynesia is a dream destination for hiking enthusiasts. The majestic mountains, lush green valleys and superb views make hiking in Tahiti an unforgettable experience. But make sure that you’re properly prepared before you set off.
A hike into the hills and valleys of Tahiti is a wonderful adventure. Discover the waterfalls, archeological sites and panoramic views that will take your breath away. Immerse yourself in the unspoiled interior of this island paradise.
Hiking to explore the hidden treasures of Tahiti
Among the natural wonders that you can explore on a hike in Tahiti, is the valley of the Fautaua. Not far from the capital, Papeete, the valley offers spectacular views over a magnificent waterfall and the surrounding countryside. On the way, this superb trail passes through luxuriant forests, next to winding rivers and along rocky paths.
There are many popular hiking trails in Tahiti, including the valley of Papenoo, the lava tubes in Hitiaa, and the valley of Faananu. Each one has its own sites to visit and magnificent scenic viewpoints. Here is a small selection of some other hiking trails you might like to try during your stay in The Islands of Tahiti :
– Water gardens of Vaipahi in Tahiti
– 3 pines pass in Moorea
– Mount Popoti and the Traversière Trail in Bora Bora
– Motu Auira in Maupiti
– Maeva Marae in Huahine
– Rikitea ridge in Mangareva
Tips for a successful hike
It really is recommended to use the services of a guide when you go hiking in The Islands of Tahiti. They know the trails, the changing weather conditions and the precautions you should take. They also know which parts of the trails are on private property. They’ll make sure you don’t miss any of the archeological sites, caves and other geological formations. They have knowledge of the plants you come across and they’ll be able to tell you some of the legends and tales concerning the places you visit. The tourist office or local tourist committee will be able to put you in touch with a professional guide on the island you’re visiting.
Before setting off on a hike, make sure you have plenty of water, sun cream, sturdy footwear and some kind of headwear. Avoid hiking during the hottest part of the day if possible. Respect the signs indicating private property and don’t leave any litter behind. Check the weather forecast as some trails can become slippery and quite dangerous in heavy rain. It’s always safer to hike on a clear, sunny day.