South Coast attractions

Gardens in South Coast

Bain de Vaima & Vaipahi Spring Gardens

Bain de Vaima (Vaima Pool) is where locals come from all over to bathe in the icy but exceptionally clear waters that are thought to have healing properties. Unfortunately there are so many visitors here on weekends…
Gardens in South Coast

Jardins Botaniques

The 137-hectare Jardins Botaniques has walking paths that wind their way through the garden past ponds, palms, a massive banyan tree and a superb mape forest. The gardens were founded in 1919 by an American, Harriso…
Archaeological Site in South Coast

Marae Mahaiatea

Just east of the village of Papara, the Marae Mahaiatea was the most magnificent marae on Tahiti at the time of Cook’s first visit (according to Cook it measured 80m by 27m at its base, rising in 11 great steps to a…
Museum in South Coast

Musée Gauguin

This museum has been closed for years but hopefully it will reopen during the life of this book. The airy site surrounded by lush foliage is lovely, and although it's not expected to hold any original works by Gaugu…
Village in South Coast

Mataiea

Between 1891 and 1893, Paul Gauguin lived in Mataiea where he produced works including Two Women on the Beach, Woman with a Mango and Ia Orana Maria – Hail Mary. The village has two notable buildings – the Church of…
Beach in South Coast

Plage de Taharuu

Everybody loves Plage de Taharuu – locals taking the kids for a swim, tourists on day trips from Pape’ete and surfers catching some great waves. This gently curving black-sand beach is long, broad and fairly protect…