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Outdoor Adventures in Papeete

By Viator, August 2018

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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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Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep Safari, Papeete, null
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Papeete Inner Island Full-Day Jeep Safari

4.5 star rating: Recommended 70 Reviews

Discover the best of Papeete on this full-day 4WD safari adventure. You'll travel through almost impenetrable rainforest to discover some of the jewels of ...  Read more

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.39
Half Day Tahiti Peninsula and Teahupoo Boat Tour, Papeete, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Half Day Tahiti Peninsula and Teahupoo Boat Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore the lesser visited south-west coast of the island of Tahiti on a boat tour around the peninsula and Teahupoo. You will discover that there is more to ...  Read more

Location: Teahupo
Duration: Flexible

From USD $105.00
Tahiti Sunset Cruise, Papeete, Day Cruises
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Tahiti Sunset Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Take in the spectacular colors of a Tahitian sunset on an early evening cruise from Papeete. Enjoy views of Moorea from the open water as you sip a refreshing ...  Read more

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $87.64
Tahiti Whale Watching Cruise, Papeete, Night Cruises
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Tahiti Whale Watching Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

From August through October, thousands of humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of French Polynesia. Catch a glimpse of the majestic mammals on a ...  Read more

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.96
Taxi Boat to Watch the Teahupoo International Surfing Competition, Papeete, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Taxi Boat to Watch the Teahupoo International Surfing Competition

Visiting French Polynesia in August? Take a taxi boat from Teahupoo Marina to the Teahupoo break to see the world’s best surfers compete at the Tahiti ...  Read more

Location: Teahupoo, Tahiti
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Taxi Boat to Watch the Teahupoo Waves, Papeete, Surfing & Windsurfing
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Taxi Boat to Watch the Teahupoo Waves

Take a taxi boat from Teahupoo Marina to the Teahupoo break to see some of the best waves in the world. Depending on the size of the swell, you'll see ...  Read more

Location: Teahupoo, Tahiti
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.00
Private Half Day Teahupoo Boat Tour, Papeete, Surfing & Windsurfing
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Private Half Day Teahupoo Boat Tour

Explore the lesser visited south-west coast of the island of Tahiti on a boat tour around the peninsula and Teahupoo. You will discover that there is more to ...  Read more

Location: Teahupo
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

From USD $590.00
Tahiti Dolphin Watching Cruise, Papeete, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Tahiti Dolphin Watching Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Go in search of spinner dolphins on this 2-hour cruise on the island of Tahiti. Cross the beautiful turquoise waters of the southern Pacific Ocean to ...  Read more

Location: Papeete, French Polynesia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.58

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