The ascent of Mt Teurafaatiu (380m) is vigorous, but the 360-degree panorama at the summit is worth the effort. Ribbons of blue water flecked with turquoise and sapphire, islets fringed with brilliant scimitars of white sand, lagoons mottled with coral formations, and Bora Bora in the background…hallucinogenic. The track starts virtually opposite Tarona snack and the climb is shaded for most of the way. Allow three hours for the return trip and be sure to bring plenty of drinking water.

The most difficult part is towards the end, with a climb up steep rock to reach the ridge. The track is relatively well marked, so you don't really need a guide. If you want to go with a guide, contact your pension to organise one (about 3000 CFP).