Tahiti Island Afternoon Tour

Tahiti Island Afternoon Tour

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      Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
      5 Hours
      Moderate
      Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship
      From (USD)
      $ 33
      • Marae Arahurahu: Enjoy this ancient and restored Polynesian open-air temple, now a museum. Many reenactments of old ceremonies take place here.
      • Vaipahi Gardens: Walk among the abundant variety of exotic plants and find your way to a beautiful waterfall that highlights the garden's beauty and peacefulness.
      • Arahoho Blow Hole: This hole was carved through the rock by lava. When waves crash against the rocks, a powerful water geyser shoots up and showers the area.
      • Venus Point: Named by Captain James Cook, this was a favorite European landing point; it's one of the most beautiful black-sand beaches in Tahiti.
      • Faarumai Waterfalls: Follow the river on a walk through a bamboo plantation that takes you to the most beautiful of the area's three waterfalls.
      • Roundtrip transportation: Hotel pickup and drop-off from most local hotels is included; a small fee may apply at some locations.

      Meeting point

      We pick up and drop off at any of these locations: Pearl Beach, Royal Tahitian, Tahiti Nui, Sarah Nui, Airport Motel, Manava, InterContinental, Le Meridien, Pension de la Plage, Relais Fenua. You must tell us your location at checkout to confirm.

      Helpful hints

      In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home.

      The local currency is the French Pacific Franc but credit cards are accepted in many places and some businesses take US dollars.

      Getting around

      To see all sights, plan to walk for more than a mile and get on/off the coach frequently. Some paths are not paved and up inclines. If your mobility is limited, you may find this tour too challenging. It is not suitable for wheelchair users.

      Activity type

      Bus Tour, Cultural, Scenic, Family Friendly

      Transportation used

      Bus

      Included amenities

      Pick Up, and Drop Off

      Tour ID

      TR-ANZ-PYF-PAPE-EN-1001

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for travelers 3 years of age and older.

      Two stone guardians stand at the entrance to Marae Arahurahu, as if to say, "This is a special place and we're here to make sure you respect it." The 5,300-square foot raised rectangular area and its 10-foot altar served as a place for royal, social, and religious ceremonies – and on one occasion, a battle to the death.

      The original name of the marae (open temple) was Tu-Matamata-Hia, and it's where a quarrel between two kings was settled by having a warrior from each tribe do combat to the death. Both were skilled fighters; they battled until sunset, when Arahurahu was killed and his spear was broken in four pieces.

      His king was devastated – Arahurahu had been his favorite warrior. So he ordered a cremation pit dug. The body was placed on heated stones, with the pieces of his spear at his head, under his ankles, and at each side. Then all was set aflame.

      After a period of mourning, the king honored his fallen hero by changing the name of the temple to Marae Arahurahu. There are those who believe the warrior's spirit still roams in this special place, protected by guardians of stone.

      Venus in Tahiti

      Point Venus is where Captain James Cook built a fort in 1769 so he and a party of scientists could observe the Venus eclipse of the Sun and measure the Sun's distance from Earth. Today there's a picturesque lighthouse, built in 1868 (though it says 1867 over the door), and a monument to the crew of the Bounty, which also landed here. But there's nothing to celebrate Cook, and nothing remains of the fort but a name that sounds out of place without the story behind it.

      Non-refundable if canceled within 7 days of requested services.

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      Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
      Great photo opportunities
      Wear sunscreen
      Bring money
      Bring water
      Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear light clothing
      Wear Hat
      Wear Sunglasses

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