Vairao is Tahiti's deepest bay, large enough to welcome the famous ocean liner, the SS France in 1972 and the French aircraft carriers; Foch (1966) and Clemenceau (1968). Departing the pier visit the small village of Teahupoo (Te ahu-Poo, the wall of heads).
Today, Teahupoo is well renowned for its surfing wave, known among the most famous surfers and home of the Billabong Pro Tahiti, one of the biggest international surfing competitions in the world. While the sea may be quiet and the wave barely on sight, extreme swells can cause this wave to become up to 30ft high.
Upon arriving to the village, the road becomes a popular departure point for those looking to explore the Fenua Aihere & Te Pari cliffs, only accessible by foot. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the beach and pass by the lighthouse. It is a lush and quiet place that most locals visit as a retreat.
Continuing the journey through the northern coast of the peninsula towards Taravao, a winding road leads to a panoramic lookout point at 600m (1968ft), where you can admire the volcanic shape of Tahiti and the isthmus of Taravao. Drive along pastures where dairy cows graze throughout, as the peninsula is an important farming zone in Tahiti. The plateau's landscape is sometimes compared to the Normandy countryside in France.
Travel through Taravao' isthmus that separates Tahiti Nui from Tahiti Iti and reach Vaipahi Gardens. There are over 75 different species of vegetation, all kept fresh by water from Lake Vaihiria in the center of the island, Tahiti's only fresh water lake. It is a beautiful walk through the garden, which includes a natural waterfall.
Return to the ship after a day of exploring the rugged side of Tahiti Iti.
Please note: Tours operate mainly on paved roads, however some road conditions may be bumpy. Those with bad backs, pregnant women or persons who suffer from motion sickness or vertigo should be advised accordingly.
Guests are recommended to wear comfortable appropriate attire including shoes (walking, water or hiking as needed), biodegradable sun protection (cream, hat, rash guard…), insect repellent, sunglasses, and bottle of water.
Expensive jewelry or clothing should not be worn on the tour. Camera equipment should be carried with care and appropriate protection. While we strive to follow our timing, the duration is approximate time is dependent on the group interest and local conditions. The itinerary and order of stops may vary. Tours DO operate in wet weather, and are subject to cancellation prior to departure dependent upon inappropriate weather conditions that would lead to safety issues. Weather is independent from our control and no refund and/or compensation will be given for tours operating under the rain. We apologize but this tour is not available to guests in wheelchair or with walking difficulties, due to the uneven walking areas visited.