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The capital of Tahiti, Papeete makes an excellent base from which to explore the largest of the French Polynesian islands. From hiking trails leading to refreshing waterfalls to water sports in transparent lagoon waters, the options for outdoor fun are almost endless. Here are the best ways for travelers based in Papeete to get active.
 
4WD Tours
Escape the city for an expedition into the dense rain forest–carpeted interior of Tahiti with a 4-wheel-drive excursion. Drive up Mount Marau, see the Arahoho Blowhole spurt into the air, and view waterfalls hidden in the forest, where you can take a dip in natural pools at the base of the cascades.
 
Cruises
Papeete is situated on Tahiti’s northwest coast and is the setting-off point for many island cruises. Dolphin-watching cruises tend to focus on Fisherman’s Bay, where pods of cetaceans are known to congregate in the waters. Between August and October, migrating humpbacks can often be spotted here, too. Other cruises from Papeete stop at bays around the island, where participants can swim or snorkel.
 
Surfing
Tahiti is a surfing hot spot, with well-known breaks, such as Taapuna Pass and Sapinus attracting steady streams of wave riders. The truly adventurous can tackle the gigantic waves at Teahupo’o, but be warned: The swells here are big and powerful, so it’s only for the very experienced. Go in August to watch professionals at work during the annual Billabong Pro Tahiti surf competition.
 
Hiking
If you want to strap on your hiking boots and explore the island’s interior, you’ll find lots of trail options. Starting from O Belvédère restaurant in Papeete, follow trails up Mount Aorai, which at 6,778 feet (2,066 meters), is the third-highest peak on the island—summiting usually requires an overnight stay and is not always possible during the wet season, when trails can be treacherous. An easier option near Papeete is a hike in Fautaua Valley, where two trails lead to the top and base of Fautaua Waterfall.
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6-hour Snorkeling & Lunch Tour - Shared Tour
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6-hour Snorkeling & Lunch Tour - Shared Tour

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Explore Moorea's lagoon in the traditional way—aboard a Polynesian outrigger canoe—during this full-day excursion. With a small group of 12 travelers or fewer, get plenty of room onboard and attention from the guides. Take in the scenery, go swimming and snorkeling, and arrive at a tiny islet for a cooking lesson (the local dish poisson cru) and a barbecue lunch.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Grand Tour Quad 3h30 Quad excursion in Moorea (single or two-seater)

Grand Tour Quad 3h30 Quad excursion in Moorea (single or two-seater)

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Combine sightseeing with outdoor adventure on this half-day quad bike tour of Moorea. You’ve got the option of driving a single vehicle yourself or doubling up on a tandem bike. Drive to a high viewpoint for sweeping views across the island. Stop at a farm for some fresh tropical fruit juice. Visit other gardens and outdoor areas and enjoy the feel of the wind in your face the whole way.
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  • 3 hours 45 minutes
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Half Day Tour : Moorea Snorkeling & Sailing on a Catamaran named Taboo

Half Day Tour : Moorea Snorkeling & Sailing on a Catamaran named Taboo

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Climb aboard the Taboo sailing catamaran and head out into the beautiful lagoon waters surrounding Moorea on this excursion. Spend hours swimming and snorkel with all sorts of tropical fish, blacktip sharks, stingrays and more. After you've worked up an appetite, nibble on tropical fruits and sip cocktails on the return to the harbor.
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  • 4 hours
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Enjoy Moorea Day Tour

Enjoy Moorea Day Tour

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Get an introduction to the best hidden spots in Moorea from a local on this full-day tour. Get access to a private beach, local waterfalls, mountains, and other attractions off the beaten path. Swim in a pristine lagoon and take a hike to a local waterfall that you may not otherwise find if you were simply exploring on your own. Refreshments are included along the way, and you'll have the chance to ask any questions about Moorea to your guide as you travel.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes to 7 hours
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Moorea Solo or Twin ATV Tour

Moorea Solo or Twin ATV Tour

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An ATV tour may be one of the most exhilarating ways to get to know Moorea. Limited to just eight travelers, this guided tour takes you to the island's famous pineapple fields before you and your vehicle climb the peak of Belvedere for breathtaking views of both Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay. After snapping photos, visit an agricultural school, stopping to sample some homemade jam. Cross rivers and enjoy the mountain scenery as the tour continues.
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  • 3 hours
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Private TAHITI Half-day Circle Island Tour (Departs 8am or 1pm)

Private TAHITI Half-day Circle Island Tour (Departs 8am or 1pm)

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Make the most of your time in paradise on a private half-day tour of Tahiti. You’ll be picked up in the morning or the afternoon, to suit your schedule. Visit highlights of the island, including the Arahurahu Marae, Faarumai Waterfalls, and Arahoho Blowhole. Receive personalized attention from your private guide and learn about Tahitian culture through his fascinating stories.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Tahiti Half Circle Island Tour by Bus

Tahiti Half Circle Island Tour by Bus

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Get an overview of Tahiti on a 4-hour sightseeing tour of island highlights with an informative guide. Walk around the black-sand beaches of Matavai Bay at Venus Point and the Arahoho blowhole, marvel at the ancient Polynesian temples of the west coast. Wander tree-lined paths past ponds and waterfalls at the botanical Vaipahi Garden and visit the Taharaa lookout known as One Tree Hill. During your afternoon coach tour, with hotel pickup in Papeete, you’ll learn about the history of French Polynesia while soaking up panoramic island views.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Island Tour
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Private Island Tour

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On this private island tour of Tahiti you can see and do exactly what you want because this is your day. In six hours you can fit in many highlights, including Arahurahu Marae, Faarumai Waterfalls, the water gardens of Vaipahi, and much more. Learn about the history and culture of this beautiful island from your local guide while enjoying the natural beauty.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Tahiti island Tours
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Tahiti island Tours

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Make the most of a stopover on Tahiti with this fun-filled half-day tour. This is a private tour for you and your party so you’re sure to receive personalized attention. Check out the highlights of the island and fit in more than you probably could traveling independently. The itinerary includes time at the Grottos of Maraa, Venus Point and the lighthouse, the botanical gardens, and more.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Shared Arrival Transfer: Papeete Airport to Hotel or Cruise Port

Shared Arrival Transfer: Papeete Airport to Hotel or Cruise Port

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Book a shared arrival transfer from the Papeete airport to your hotel, cruise port or the ferry pier on the island of Tahiti. A professional driver greets you at the arrivals area of Tahiti Faa'a International Airport (PPT) and delivers you by comfortable shuttle to your destination. Enjoy peace of mind with a stress-free start to your vacation in French Polynesia.
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    Moorea 4WD Tour Including Belvedere Pineapple Farm and Magic Mountain

    Moorea 4WD Tour Including Belvedere Pineapple Farm and Magic Mountain

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    Venture beyond the resorts on this half-day tour of Moorea, which guarantees a first-hand look at all the island’s top sights and fuss-free transport between them. Get off the beaten path and venture to viewpoints such as Magic Mountain and Belvedere Lookout, see marae (Polynesian temples) and pineapple fields, and visit an island distillery. Expert narration is offered throughout.
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    • 4 hours
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    Half day whale tour 4h00

    Half day whale tour 4h00

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    Animal lovers won't want to miss the opportunity to see humpback whales on their migration through Moorea. Between July and November, there is the possibility of seeing the whales and their young, and even swimming with them if the conditions are good. High-tech equipment allows the crew to listen for whales, increasing your chances of finding them.
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    • 4 hours
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    Sunset Cruise : Moorea Sailing on a Catamaran named Taboo

    Sunset Cruise : Moorea Sailing on a Catamaran named Taboo

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    Set sail along the northern coast of Moorea with this small-group sunset cruise. You’ll board your compact sailing catamaran—Taboo—near the Mareto Public Beach and head out toward Cook's Bay and into a barrier reef, where you'll get great views of the island and its surrounding waters before returning to shore.
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    • 2 hours 20 minutes
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    Franckyfranck Tours Moorea - Tours en demie-journée // Half day Tours

    Franckyfranck Tours Moorea - Tours en demie-journée // Half day Tours

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    Get access to remote areas of the island of Moorea on this half-day tour via 4WD vehicle. Visit Cook's Bay, a vanilla plantation, a local liquor factory, and Magic Mountain. Along the way, you'll get in-depth commentary from your guide on the island's history, culture, and modern-day life. Taste the flavors of Moorea with samples of different local jams, juices, and pineapple-derived alcohol.
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    • 3 hours 30 minutes
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    Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel or Cruise Port to Tahiti International Airport

    Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel or Cruise Port to Tahiti International Airport

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    When your Tahiti vacation comes to an end, avoid a pricy taxi ride to the Papeete airport. Book this shared departure transfer from your hotel or the cruise port for reliable service with a professional driver. Transfers are available for domestic and international departing flights at Tahiti Faa'a International Airport (PPT).
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      Moorea Solo or Twin 3 hours Jet Ski Tour

      Moorea Solo or Twin 3 hours Jet Ski Tour

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      With this Moorea Jet Ski tour, you'll get to know the island's jagged volcanic mountains, sandy beaches, and gorgeous bays—all with the help of a local guide. See more than you could on your own and hop on a solo or twin Jet Ski in search of native wildlife in their natural environment. You'll even have a chance to swim with stingrays and sharks and spot turtles, dolphins, and whales (in season).
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      • 3 hours
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      Tahiti Island Crossing

      Tahiti Island Crossing

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      This full-day safari takes you through Papeete’s dense rainforest by 4WD to the interior of the French Polynesian island. Go off the beaten path of this Tahitian paradise, visiting Mount Marau with an informative local guide. You’ll experience the majestic beauty surrounding Papeete, topped by a refreshing waterfall swim! Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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      Half-Day Guided Hike to Afareaitu Waterfall

      Half-Day Guided Hike to Afareaitu Waterfall

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      Visit a sumptuous valley with lush vegetation, rich in tropical fruits and flowers. This veritable garden of eden which bears the name of the valley of the Polynesian gods and kings will amaze you with its richness. During your walk to the splendid Afareaitu waterfall, our guide will tell you about Polynesian legends and show you around the remains of ancient Polynesian temples. You can refresh yourself in the rivers lined with flowers, the natural basins and the splendid waterfall. A tasting in a private tropical garden by the river will be an opportunity to quench your thirst in a friendly atmosphere.
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      • 5 hours
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      Walking Under the Sea in Moorea

      Walking Under the Sea in Moorea

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      AQUABLUE Moorea offers an extraordinary excursion using pretty yellow helmets allowing everyone to walk under the sea safely. Much simpler than snorkeling in snorkel masks, as it is useless to know how to swim. AQUABLUE is for all people from 6 years old who want to discover the seabed safely. It's a unique experience!
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      • 2 hours 30 minutes
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      Grand Magic Combo Jetski 3h00 + Quad 3h30

      Grand Magic Combo Jetski 3h00 + Quad 3h30

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      Adventure-seeking travelers will love riding both a jet ski and a quad bike on this handy combo tour. On a full-day excursion you’ll see the highlights of Moorea’s sea and land while having fun. Spend half a day touring the coastline on a jet ski, stopping to snorkel at beautiful spots. Spend the other half taking the backroads on a quad bike, stopping at viewpoints and tropical fruit plantations.
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      • 8 hours 30 minutes
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      Moorea food tour (Tama'a street food tour)

      Moorea food tour (Tama'a street food tour)

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      Come hungry to this half-day food tour of Moorea that will let you eat like a local. Your Moorea-born guide will take you to some of the best food joints, where the French, Chinese, and Polynesian influences are strong. See the sights while filling your belly with great food and making new friends on an intimate, small-group tour.
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      • 4 to 5 hours
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      Jet Ski Moorea Private Tour only

      Jet Ski Moorea Private Tour only

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      Engage in watersports adventures in safe and comfortable way with these private outings in Moorea. You'll benefit from a private instructor to teach you how to jet ski, fly board, hover board, or go tubing, allowing you to enjoy the waters of Tahiti. All instruction and safety equipment are included, so even beginners and families can participate.
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      • 4 hours
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      3-hour Lagoon Snorkeling Tour - Shared Tour
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      3-hour Lagoon Snorkeling Tour - Shared Tour

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      Explore the Moorea lagoon with this snorkeling tour. Led by local guides, sailing around the lagoon is a breeze. Swim with stingrays and blacktip sharks in safety and comfort before relaxing with a drink and fresh fruit. Dive back in with a snorkel to admire the thriving coral reefs and stunning tropical fish that call them home. Return transport from accommodation is provided.
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      • 3 hours
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      Best Way to Interact with Ocean Wildlife with Lunch. 6H
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      Best Way to Interact with Ocean Wildlife with Lunch. 6H

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      Hop on board the only glass-bottomed boat on Moorea on this chilled out half-day tour. You’ll be taken around the beautiful lagoon to three different snorkeling spots, where you can immerse yourself in the warm tropical waters and get up close to the colorful fish and coral. Enjoy lunch on a private island that most visitors don’t get to access. A fun day for the whole family.
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      • 5 hours
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