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Discovery of the AuthenticTahiti - Half Day East Coast Tour

The East Coast is certainly the richest part of the island as far as History is concerned. Indeed, it is in Matavai Bay that the greatest navigators landed in the 18th century from Samuel Wallis to James Cook. You will love the magnificent black sand beaches and the mountains views from the valleys of Faarumai and Orofero. Meet the local people, see their savoir-faire and artistic talent through the art craft. Great discoveries scheduled this tour along the less urbanized coast of Tahiti. 


PRESIDENT’S PALACE: this magnificent building is a former military quarters whose architectural style was preserved during its renovation into the government’s residence in 1996. In this beautiful avenue, this building borders on several other institutions. 

MATAVAI BAY: Wallis, Cook, Bougainville landed in this bay… on the beach known as “Pointe Venus”. The longest black sand beach with views of the stunning mountains of Tahiti and on Moorea Island. Toilets available at this stop.

FAARUMAI WATERFALL: you can already see the waterfall and the rock faces as soon as you enter the valley. You will stop in front of the most beautiful and the most accessible of the 3 waterfalls that shelter the valley.

OROFARA VALLEY: meet a wood statuette sculptor (tiki) in this popular neighborhood on the East Coast.

PAPENOO: this long black sand beach is very popular with waves lovers…surfers, body boarders, kite surfers… 

THE BLOW HOLE: a peculiarity of the nature that will mess your hair up!…Waves engulfing in the submarine cave formed by the volcanic rocks at the edge of the shore, make the water gush in a powerful blast by a hole located at the base of the mountain on the other side of the shore. You can also walk along the shore and admire the ocean views. Toilets available at this stop.

TAHARA’A VIEWPOINT: nice shaded site with benches to enjoy the panoramic view on the sea, Matavai Bay and the neighboring island of Moorea.

CHINESE CEMETERY: the Chinese community has chosen an immense hillside property with a sea view to bury their deceased in accordance with their tradition. 

PAINTED PAREOS (weekdays only): visit a manufactory of pareos painted with typical motifs reminiscent of Polynesian tattoos. You can see the paint shop in the back and admire the creations and clothes in the shop. Do not forget your wallet to bring back some beautiful bright color clothes. 

CENTRE DES METIERS D’ART (term time only): school training in the practices of sculpture, engraving on local materials: wood, stone, mother-of-pearl, bone…Admire their fine work and artcraft.

Practical Info

Inclusions – Guided tour, Transfers to/from tour departure point, water or fruit juice, season fruits sampling 

Schedules (transfer time from hotels not taken into account) – Morning tour 08h30 – 13h00; afternoon tour 13h30 – 18h00

Pick-up / Drop-Off – InterContinental, Tahiti Nui, Tiare Tahiti, Airport Motel, Manava, Tahiti Ia Ora (ex Le Meridien), Royal Tahitien, Tahiti Pearl Beach, Pension de la Plage, Relais Fenua

Spoken Languages – English, French, Spanish

Vehicle Info – 7-seats Mercedes Minivan

Operates everyday, 2Pers. mini / 7Pers maxi. (adult and child 3-11 y.o; infant please contact our services). No child discounted rate.

Do Not Forget : Camera (Appareil photo), Comfy clothes (Tenue confort), Extra cash (Argent de poche), Hat (Chapeau), MosquitoSpray (Anti-moustique), Suncreen SPF50 (Crème solaire), Sunglasses (Lunettes soleil),

Important Remarks

Itinerary and order of the visited sites may change without prior notice according to weather conditions or other circumstances. 

All tours have been regularly tried out in order to give the most accurate information and advice. Each guest should carefully review the tour description to evaluate its own physical limits. 

Guests are recommended to wear comfortable appropriate attire including shoes (walking, water or hiking as needed), sun protection (cream, hat, and rash guard), insect repellent, sunglasses, and bring a bottle of water.

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